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Answers to commonly asked questions from the experts on Thumbtack.

What’s the best way to set up a consultation or an appointment with a house cleaner during the COVID-19 pandemic?

The best way to set up a consultation with a house cleaner during the COVID-19 pandemic is by using virtual, online tools. Start by performing an online search for local house cleaners. Message them to set up either a phone call or video call to perform a consultation. During this call, they can give you recommendations and may be able to estimate the cost of their services. Be sure to discuss whether they accept virtual payments and any precautions they can take to perform the job safely.

Can I use digital payments to pay for house cleaning?

Not only do many house cleaners accept digital payments through platforms like Zelle, PayPal, Square Cash, Google Pay, Venmo and more, but this may become more common as the COVID-19 pandemic pushes more service workers to digitize. This means you can pay your house cleaner without making physical contact or handling money. 

If cleaning is absolutely essential during the current crisis, consult with the house cleaner beforehand to ensure a safe monetary transaction that complies with current government guidelines and recommendations for social distancing.

Are there ways to be safe if I hire a house cleaner when social distancing?

If you hire a house cleaner to clean the inside of your home, do not make physical contact. Stay at least 6 feet apart at all times, sanitize any surfaces after cleaning and wash your hands thoroughly. Exchange all payments digitally instead of with cash. When contacting a house cleaner, put a plan in place to ensure everyone's safety.

How can I find out if a house cleaner is considered an essential COVID-19 service provider?

A house cleaner is generally not considered an essential service sector during the coronavirus pandemic. To find out which services are considered essential, visit your city and state government, and read their guidelines. A national list of essential service providers can be found on CISA’s Identifying Critical Infrastructure During COVID-19 site. This webpage lists 16 different infrastructure sectors considered to be essential. However, not all jurisdictions follow CISA’s definitions of critical infrastructure.

Does a house cleaner need to enter my home?

Yes, in almost all cases a house cleaner needs to enter your home. However, a cleaner may not need to enter your home if they are solely cleaning outside areas. 

There may be some cases in which a cleaner is necessary. If so, take precautions — avoid being in the same room, make no physical contact, sanitize any surfaces and pay through a digital service instead of using cash.

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.

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 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. 

Reviews for Grayslake house cleaners
Lily T.
The Happy Place Cleaning team did an excellent job deep cleaning my house! I sought a cleaning service after a exterminator came to spray . After this I felt like my house was ruined. After Happy Place Cleaning came through my house is deep cleaned and feels like home again! I highly recommend their service, professionalism and knowledgeable​ staff!
Happy Place Cleaning ServicesHappy Place Cleaning Services
Beth B.
Renee did a fabulous job! Our house was in serious need of a deep clean, and she worked tirelessly for 6 hours. It feels so nice to have the whole house clean and it smells so good, too! We’re going to definitely have her back again!
HotMops Cleaning Service and (Party Preparation)HotMops Cleaning Service and (Party Preparation)
Heather D.
I used Roses to Clean for a move out cleaning. Carolina and her crew showed up, right on time. She was responsive before and during the process. Once complete, she showed me each room and the results of their work. When we walked in the house, it smelled so clean and amazing. The house looked amazing; it wasn't an easy job, I am sure. I'm appreciative that they took their time to do a great job.
Omnia H.
Renee was amazing. She did a move out clean for me and the house was sparkling and smelled fresh and clean. I am so appreciative for her help. I would highly recommend Renee for any cleaning needs. She is professional, friendly and does the job right.
HotMops Cleaning Service and (Party Preparation)HotMops Cleaning Service and (Party Preparation)
Chelsey P.
Fantastic job for move out cleaning! Very professional and did great work. Hoping to hire her again for our next house.
HotMops Cleaning Service and (Party Preparation)HotMops Cleaning Service and (Party Preparation)
Laura B.
Kamela had been great to work with! She does an excellent job cleaning (2 times so far), and even helped me organize after moving into my new house. Definitely recommend hiring Infinity Cleaning.
Infinity CleaningInfinity Cleaning
Erik H.
Was absolutely great for what we needed. We feel very good about moving into our new house after it's been cleaned that efficiently!
HotMops Cleaning Service and (Party Preparation)HotMops Cleaning Service and (Party Preparation)
Patrycja T.
I had few cleaning people before and I was never happy with their services . Anna was the first person that I was pleased.I’ve experienced nothing but excellent, responsive communication, and the quality of the clean has been amazing.My house never looked better I only wish I’d found her sooner!
Anna Cleaning ServiceAnna Cleaning Service
Venu R.
AMAZING AMAZING AMAZING! Titi came all the way from Chicago city to help me clean my house on such short notice. A wonderful person to work with and she understood everything exactly how I wanted it to be! The quality of service she provided me is something very rare to find these days. A person of a pure heart and clear intention - to help people live in a cleaner and organized space! Thank you Titi, I will definitely hire you again.
Rags to RichesRags to Riches
Brittany A.
Maria was extremely responsive- she responded to the inquiry in less than 24 hours and was available to come by the following day. She did a fabulous job cleaning, completing problem areas that are often missed and hard to get to. I was pleasantly surprised she did these places proactively without having to ask. She even went above and beyond helping me fix a pair of shorts with her magic touch! I look forward to continuing services with Maria and for my house to be sparkling clean always.
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