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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 Elgin house cleaners
Raymond G.
team clean was awsome very very good people to work with if you need your house cleaned do not hesitate to use team clean they showed up on time cleaned the house from top to bottom and the house smelled awsome and looked very clean good job thanks team clean
Team CleanTeam Clean
Yemi B.
Reyes cleaning did an excellent job. They informed me of their plan and progress throughout the time spent. They left the house smelling wonderful and it looked as clean as when we bought it. I would highly recommend them to anyone who wants a squeaky clean house.
Reyes cleaningReyes cleaning
Tom C.
Get ready for a major disappointment in your cleaning! 3 hrs and over $320 later…Almost new and empty house. Should be easy right?! Asked for a deep cleaning. Oven not cleaned, vents not cleaned, laundry room not cleaned, refrigerator not cleaned, toilets not cleaned. They used every trick in the book to ensure that the house smells good and looked busy when you look on. My error was that I had to run some errands during their “cleaning”.
Spots to CleanSpots to Clean
Danielle B.
Sandra did a great job cleaning our house! Looking forward to using her again.
Joani D.
Mia was extremely sweet and did a wonderful job in cleaning my house. I will continue to use her.
Prisma Solutions IncPrisma Solutions Inc
Andrew H.
Maggie and team did a great job cleaning for my upcoming house move. The new home hadn’t been cleaned in a while and her team made it move in ready!
Maggie's MaidsMaggie's Maids
Beata D.
My house has never been this clean! They were great. Can't beat the price, can't beat the results!
Bright house cleaning serviceBright house cleaning service
Colleen M.
Roses cleaned my son's house windows inside and out. Very happy with the results. Will call them again in the future.
Drew K.
House looks amazing after cleaning, did a fantastic job on the fridge and carpets. Was quick to reply through thumbtack messaging.
Bright house cleaning serviceBright house cleaning service
John M.
HotMops did a terrific job cleaning and disinfecting my house in preparation for closing. The carpets were vacuumed, wood floors cleaned, hard surfaces sanitized, and basement and garage swept and vacuumed. There was a nice shine on my kitchen counter and a fresh fragrance all around. I am confident that the house is ready to welcome the new owners when they take possession.
HotMops Cleaning ServiceHotMops Cleaning Service
Patricia M.
If you value a squeaky clean house, Jaquita and her team are the best. Very thorough and conscientious, punctual and professional. Sinks, mirrors, countertops, furniture and floors…everything was cleaned to high standards. Rates were very fair. I enthusiastically recommend Never Miss a Spot Cleaning!!
Never Miss A Spot CleaningNever Miss A Spot Cleaning
Katie W.
The ladies were on time and worked so hard! My husband was home with our little ones; it was awesome to come home to a very clean house after work!
Bright house cleaning serviceBright house cleaning service
Colleen M.
I hired Ewa and her daughter, Patty, to clean my single son's home and they were great!! It had not been throughly cleaned in many months, and with two hugh dogs living in the house, needless to say, it was a mess. They were on time and very willing to do what ever we asked and even cleaned the baseboards in the house, which was something we did not ask for. We have recently been working with several contractors on various projects around the house, but, of all of them, my son said he "loves" the job the cleaning ladies did and can't wait for them to return in two weeks. These ladies work efficiently and do not waste any time. They start the cleaning and like a steam engine, go full steam until the job is done. The pricing was competative with other bids. Thanks, again, Ewa and Patty. Can't wait to see you again!
Ewa’s cleaning servicesEwa’s cleaning services
Jennifer s.
Martyna was amazing! This was my first time having cleaning done in months as my last cleaning lady moved away. There was a lot to be done, I have a big house and 3 dogs! She does great quality detailed work. She also is very attentive to my needs and suggests best way to cover my cleaning expectations. She is great with dogs as well that is a major factor for me! Happy that I found my new cleaning company! Highly recommend!
Martyna Cleaning Services LLCMartyna Cleaning Services LLC
Thumbtack Customer
I am a Mother of an Autistic 10 yr old, and a teenager. Not to mention 3 large Bernese Mountain Dogs and 2 cats. Lol fur and dirty floors. I was having a party and needed HELP, I called Unique clean spoke to owner,she came our same day to go over everything. Booked right away. I am a weekly customer with her now so its been just shy of a year.they are so flexible and the house always looks great. I hate washing floors and I have wood and slate. Spotless when there done. I would recommend them. Consistent, clean,friendly flexibility and doesn't mind my dog fur.. love love love
Unique Cleaning, Inc.Unique Cleaning, Inc.
Julie S.
I was told that it would be more expensive, because it was more work than expected, which was fine. I made the mistake of running to the store. When I came back about 40 minutes later, they were done, when they hadn't even started cleaning downstairs yet when I left. It didn't even look like the floor was cleaned, a whole counter in the kitchen was missed, blinds in the family room weren't touched. I guess they ran out of time, but for $200, I expected it to be a lot better... ***Update: After hearing my disappointment, Halina contacted me about making up for the poor job that was done. Someone came back out to my house to clean all that was previously missed at no charge and I was really impressed with how great the new replacement was. I would have her come back anytime! Thanks for coming back and making up for the last cleaning. I really appreciate it. I work two jobs, have three teenagers and no time. I was so disappointed when my floors weren't done, because I never have time to do that! They look great now! I am grateful for your excellent customer service!
Halina's Enterprises, Inc.Halina's Enterprises, Inc.
Patrick L.
I cannot say enough things about this amazing Husband and Wife duo!!! I was moving out of a place we had rented for 3.5 years, and needed the job done right, the FIRST time. After having a horrible experience with our “move-in” cleaning with another vendor…. I took to searching thumbtack. Simply because I needed the job done right (on a time crunch for move out) I paid a little extra for the “Money Back Guarantee” — Radiance Cleaning was the “Guaranteed Pro” that Thumbtack selected for me, and I can unequivocally say that they absolutely CRUSHED it. If you want to be blown away - LOOK NO FURTHER than this dynamic duo here. There is truly not a SPECK of a chance for the landlord to even remotely have an ounce of ammunition to deduct anything from our security deposit. They cleaned every surface, and used products that helped everything SHINE. The wood floors polished, the stainless steel polished, and the bathrooms SPOTLESS! They didn’t rush, and ensured that everything was accomplished before leaving. I was so pleased with the service, I have already made plans to hire these hardworking individuals on a Bi-weekly basis to clean our new house. Meticulous, detail people (I’m one of them), This is the review you needed to read to put your mind at ease, hire this team TODAY — and prepare to be IMPRESSED.
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