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Answers to commonly asked questions from the experts on Thumbtack.

Do house cleaners offer remote or virtual services?

House cleaning is generally done in person, but some may be willing to offer remote services. If you find a house cleaner’s profile that states they’re offering remote services, contact the pro to talk about your options. 

If you’d rather hire a house cleaner to clean your home when the pandemic is over, you may be able to book an appointment at a later date. Start by comparing local house cleaners in your area side-by-side.

How much does it cost to deep clean a house?

Deep cleaning a house goes beyond the surface level to clear out the dust, grime and gunk that’s collecting on the fan blades, hiding in the blinds, and built up inside the refrigerator drawers. Deep cleaning of a home or apartment costs more than regular house cleaning because it takes more time, effort, and cleaning products. You may choose to have a deep cleaning once or several times a year in addition to your standard cleaning services. You may have a one-time deep cleaning to prepare for company or to clean after a house party. Companies may charge an hourly rate or a price per square foot, or may offer you a flat rate after they have visited your home and estimated work time. The national average house cleaning price is $110-$150, with rates ranging higher for deep-cleaning services. Here are some examples of how a company may calculate their deep-cleaning prices:

  • 10 cents per square foot (compared with 5 cents per square foot for standard house cleaning).
  • $300 for a 3,000-square-foot home.
  • $25 per hour per worker for deep-cleaning services.

What should I ask a house cleaner or maid before hiring them?

There are many questions to ask a cleaning service before you hire them to make sure they’re the right fit. These questions might include:

  • How much do you charge?
  • How do you set your prices -- per hour or per square foot? Or, do you charge a flat rate?
  • What is your past work experience? Can I see a list of references?
  • Are you accustomed to working with different home or apartment types and sizes?
  • Can you work with children or pets in the house?
  • What types of cleaning products do you use?
  • Do you bring your own cleaning supplies and products?
  • How often can you clean my home?
  • Is there anything you recommend I do (or don't do) to my home before you arrive?

For more tips on how to hire the best maid or house cleaning service, read our smart hiring guide.

What is included in a deep house cleaning vs. a basic house cleaning?

A basic house cleaning typically includes tasks like carpet cleaning, wiping countertops, taking out the trash, doing the laundry and washing dishes. A deep house cleaning is a much more involved process, where all aspects of the home are given full attention for a cleanout. In a deep house cleaning, the cleaners will wet-wipe everything from door frames to light switch plates, making sure to also clean walls, windows, air vents, ceiling fans, furniture and more.

Should I hire a move-out cleaning service or do it myself?

You may benefit from hiring a professional move-out cleaning service, depending on your budget, time frame and whether you will be getting a deposit back. Hiring a cleaning service takes the stress out of your move. But if you’ve had your house regularly deep-cleaned, or if your landlord will charge you for cleaning anyway, you can save costs by DIY-ing it.

How long does it take to clean a house professionally?

Generally, getting your house cleaned professionally can take several hours. The time it takes for house cleaners to complete their job depends on the size of your home, the number of bedrooms and bathrooms you have, the type of service you require and the condition of your house. It also might depend on how many employees are cleaning and the supplies they are using. If you get recurring cleaning services, the first visit might take a bit longer than the subsequent visits. 

When choosing the best house cleaner for you, ask for an estimate about how long their services will take.

How much is a house cleaning?

The national average cost for house cleaning ranges between $25 and $50 per hour, per cleaner. However, the cost of house cleaning services near you might be different.

House cleaning prices vary based on how many square feet your home is, how dirty your house gets and how often the cleaning service comes. And, prices can be lower in areas with a lower cost of living, higher in big cities or affluent regions.

Some companies charge a set amount — such as 5 cents — per square foot, with a minimum amount, such as $100. You may save money by increasing the frequency of your house cleaning visits. Often a company will charge you less per cleaning when you schedule more cleanings per month. The cost advantage rewards your loyalty, and also reflects the fact that more frequent cleanings make it easier to maintain a high level of cleanliness in your home. A housecleaning service may charge more for the first visit or for one-time services than for recurring cleanings.

To learn more about the cost of house cleaning, visit our House Cleaning Cost Guide.

How do I choose the best house cleaning service?

When searching for the best house cleaning service near you, consider the depth of your cleaning needs, your budget and the size and condition of your home. Read reviews from verified customers of any cleaning service that you’re looking to hire. Also, check out the reviewers’ photos and do background checks on reviewers to ensure they’re not employed by established cleaning firms or maid agencies. 

When viewing house cleaners on Thumbtack, you might see a Top Pro badge. This indicates that the service is one of the most popular and highly-rated professionals using the platform.

How do I prepare for a house cleaner?

There are several things you can do in preparation for a house cleaning to improve the efficiency and quality of the job. If you’re unfamiliar with a cleaning service, hiding and locking away any obvious valuables lying around can offer great peace of mind.

Depending on the preference of the cleaner, you may need to lock up your pets before the cleaners arrive. Washing dishes and decluttering the house allows a house cleaner to do their job more effectively. And leaving special notes for the cleaners about certain areas in your home that need attention is also helpful.

Ask house cleaners near you about their tips to help you prepare for their services. 

How much should you tip maids or cleaning services?

Tipping between 15 and 20 percent is considered an appropriate tip for maids and house cleaners — just as it would with a barber, food delivery driver or taxi operator. During the holidays, you might want to consider tipping a bit more. 

It’s important to note that some housekeeping and maid services might include a tip within the service fee, which should be explained to you in the service contract. Talk to house cleaners in your area to find out what's included in their fees.

Reviews for Palo Alto house cleaners
Sushma B.
The crew did a wonderful job with cleaning the whole house.
AMBM cleaning (Mindy)AMBM cleaning (Mindy)
Aditya S.
I requested this service for a before move in cleaning for a house. They arrived on time, and did a spectacular job cleaning the entire place in the estimated time. I had never seen the house so clean! Great attention to detail and care for the entire house. We were very happy with the results and will be requesting their service again in the future!
Michelle S.
Very professional, did a good job cleaning my house.
BRAD cleaning servicesBRAD cleaning services
Vineet B.
Came on time and did a great job with the prepaid booking for house cleaning
Yenni's Cleaning Services🌟🧹🧼🪠Yenni's Cleaning Services🌟🧹🧼🪠
Aashna R.
Paulo's cleaning job was spectacular- leaving my house shining! 100% recommend
Paulo’s cleaning servicesPaulo’s cleaning services
Pedro P.
I had a great experience with PG House Cleaning! They were always responsive and showed up perfectly on time. I am extremely eased with quality of the service; they cleaned the entire house with great attention to detail. I highly recommend their services!
Kathy F.
Wendy and her team did an amazing job at cleaning our house. I would definitely hire them again for the next cleaning project.
Caro's Cleaning ServicesCaro's Cleaning Services
Karen I.
Two cleaners arrived exactly at the specified time, and worked hard throughout the house. I was impressed with their attention to detail, especially cleaning the shower glass.
Star Cleaning AgencyStar Cleaning Agency
Jessica O.
Nika is on-time, professional, and responsive. She has done a great job with cleaning my house!
Nika’s Cleaning ServicesNika’s Cleaning Services
Alexis W.
Flor did a fantastic job on our deep clean. The house feels and looks so much better!
Haishan Q.
Not worth wasting your time and money. I ended up to clean everything by myself for the whole house.
Paulo’s cleaning servicesPaulo’s cleaning services
Nicholas B.
Fabi's team were right on time and did a great job cleaning our house for a reasonable price.
Fabi's Cleaning Services.Fabi's Cleaning Services.
Flora F.
David is very responsible and did excellent work for cleaning my house. He cleaned inside and outside of the eaves and roof. He is polite and thoughtful. Thanks for your work.
All proAll pro
Vineet B.
Very quick to respond and flexible with timings. Cleaning was done pretty nicely and at a pretty good price. Would definitely recommend this pro to anyone looking to get their house cleaned.
VB Services and Solutions.VB Services and Solutions.
Marian O.
Omg. Best cleaners ever!! Highly recommend. So nice, so hard working, VERY reasonable. House is immaculate.
Family House Cleaning ServiceFamily House Cleaning Service
Gulay G.
She has not cleaned my house yet but her correspondence was very prompt and clear, unlike some others I contacted.
KARLLA Cleaning ServicesKARLLA Cleaning Services
Mary W.
We've been using Fabi's cleaning service for about a year -- they come once every two weeks to clean our 3-bedroom house. They do a great job, we are very happy with them.
Fabi's Cleaning Services.Fabi's Cleaning Services.
Christina S.
Vania died an excellent job. She is very detailed in her cleaning and my house looks amazing when she’s done.
DreamShine home cleaningDreamShine home cleaning
Gabriela Y.
Robson and Marcia were both very helpful, easy to get in touch with and did a really wonderful job cleaning my dishwasher! When I need to have the rest of my house cleaned, I will definitely be contacting them.
MR CleaningMR Cleaning
Qian Z.
Karlla is really helpful and cleaned our really dusty house including whole house and extras like cabinets internal, window interior. she is not only professional but also provided excellent service and accommodated our additional asks. Would highly recommend her service
KARLLA Cleaning ServicesKARLLA Cleaning Services
Ben L.
Fabi's arrived on time and did an excellent job with their deep clean of our filthy house. Bathrooms, carpets, and floors all look exceptional! Thank you Fabi's!
Fabi's Cleaning Services.Fabi's Cleaning Services.
Christopher R.
Fabi's crew (Pilar and Cecelia) did a great job--they worked briskly and thoroughly. So nice to have a clean house! Plan to hire them again for future work.
Fabi's Cleaning Services.Fabi's Cleaning Services.
Manat O.
Fast and excellent cleaning skills! My house looks bright and new - fresh! I highly recommend them to everyone! I am super happy! Will use their service in the future!
AJays Cleaning ServiceAJays Cleaning Service
Katherine M.
The Prentice team did a deep clean of our house and we’re very happy with the results. Our bathtub, shower, stove, and sink look fabulous — almost brand new! The crew was great; very friendly and efficient. We’d work with them again.
Prentice Cleaning ServicesPrentice Cleaning Services
Pat O.
Maria is easy to work with and very professional. From our first meeting she made my wife and I feel comfortable with her team being in our home. Her team was very thorough and we are very happy with our clean house! Right after, she followed up with us to make sure we were happy with our cleaning and to see if we had any feedback.
Prentice Cleaning ServicesPrentice Cleaning Services
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