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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 Watertown house cleaners
Allyson S.
Vani did a great job cleaning our house!
Vani cleaningVani cleaning
Kimberly C.
Wonderful job cleaning! House was sparking after! Thank you!
Ruth Lima specialist cleaningRuth Lima specialist cleaning
Thumbtack Customer
Sisters came to our house to start with deep cleaning, and then for a regular cleaning. I was impressed by their work - they are always on time, bring all materials, and do really a good job, cleaning all complete house, in every corner and behind the furniture. When the leave, the house is shiny and smells good :) They are very freindly and nice. I would highly recommend them to everyone.
Sister's Family CleaningSister's Family Cleaning
Andrew A.
Diniz is a great cleaner! She did an awesome job deep cleaning my house. I would highly recommend her!
Diniz CleaningDiniz Cleaning
Megan M.
House has never been so clean! Wonderful service. Highly recommend!
Esther B.
Amazing clean! I could not be happier. Every inch of the house is clean. I would definitely hire again and I highly recommend.
Christina Z.
I had a great experience with Sister’s Family Cleaning! They did an amazing job with a deep cleaning of my house. I will definitely continue to work with their team.
Sister's Family CleaningSister's Family Cleaning
Courtney L.
They did a wonderful job. They were very professional and my house has never looked so good. I can't wait for the next cleaning!
Sister's Family CleaningSister's Family Cleaning
Rachel E.
Thank you thank you thank you! What a wonderful job you did! My house is so clean and lovely. ❤️❤️❤️
Arcadia CleaningArcadia Cleaning
Tiago C.
My house hasn’t been cleaned since last year. Now it looks a brand new one. She did a great job of standard and deep cleaning. I am impressed with the attention to details. Excellent service and quick response. I highly recommend it.
Karen’s cleaningKaren’s cleaning
Beth S.
Daiany and her team were great. They were easy to schedule, arrived right on time, and did a fantastic and thorough job cleaning my house. I will definitely be using them again.
Silva cleaningSilva cleaning
Sandra M.
Neile provided great value house cleaning. She did a move-out deep clean for my 2.5 bedroom apartment, and everything was spotless. The oven and fridge shone. The cupboards were clean. Bathroom was neon white. The hardwood floors were shinier than I'd ever seen them. Neile was professional and dependable. Highly recommended! Would continue with monthly cleanings with her except that I moved too far west.
Cleanliness SolutionCleanliness Solution
Carly I.
Saelma and her assistant were great! Our house was a disaster and they got it looking wonderful in just a few hours of deep cleaning. She was very quick to respond to messages and easy to work with. Thank you!
Saelma LimaSaelma Lima
Denise E.
Claudeth and her colleagues provide an excellent,thorough, and reliable service. My house looked amazing afterwards. I look forward to hiring her company for biweekly cleanings going forward. Highly recommended.
CMC CleaningCMC Cleaning
Thumbtack Customer
Star Cleaning really are stars and left my three bedroom house sparkling with no corner unturned. They are extremely thorough and everything looked great. I am really pleased with the service and have hired them again.
Star cleaningStar cleaning
John W.
We had a fantastic experience with Lisa’s Cleaning Service. It was our first time using a service, so I wasn’t certain what to expect. The team was incredibly thorough, efficient, and professional. Our house is probably cleaner now than it has been since we moved in! We are planning to be repeat customers after a great first experience.
Lisa’s Cleaning ServicesLisa’s Cleaning Services
Tori O.
The VM team did an amazing job. We called them at the last minute to come and do a deep cleaning before an open house. They were super responsive and did an amazing job. I will certainly hire them for future jobs.
VM cleaningVM cleaning
John M.
The girls did an absolutely fantastic job. Every little nook and cranny was dusted and cleaned. From the toilet paper flowers to the oven towels shaped like a bow. It was the small things and the amazing details that made it perfect. The girls were very friendly and did an amazing job cleaning. The house smelt amazing, like it was almost new. I would highly recommend.
Sister's Family CleaningSister's Family Cleaning
Tanmayee J.
Neile did an AMAZING job at cleaning my dingy little bathroom. She came on very short notice, which I appreciated so much! Also, she happily agreed to come for just 1 section of the house. In my past experience, cleaners want to come for either the entire house or nothing at all, unless you are ready to pay exorbitant prices! Neile is reasonable , reliable and I would 100% recommend her!! She has a very warm and pleasant attitude, and it shows that she is very serious about her job! I am so glad that I found her via Thumbtack! Will definitely be using her services again!
Cleanliness SolutionCleanliness Solution
Sara R.
Neile and her team were a pleasure to work with. They were all extremely friendly and very professional. They did a very thorough job cleaning my house and I couldn't be happier. I was even surprised as I thought the price of the job may have gone up due to all the cleaning they had to do but the price didn't change from what we agreed upon which was great. I will definitely be hiring her again in the future.
Cleanliness SolutionCleanliness Solution
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