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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 Durham house cleaners
Alesia P.
I highly recommend Andreia's Brazilian House Cleaning. Andreia is wonderful to work with and she and her cleaning team do an excellent job cleaning my house. It smells so fresh and and is so clean when they leave. If you want your house cleaned, do no hesitate to contact Andreia!
Andreia’s Brazilian House  CleaningAndreia’s Brazilian House Cleaning
Vishal b.
very good experirnce. they cleaned the house superbly.
Dust Busters Pro CleaningDust Busters Pro Cleaning
Thumbtack Customer
Great deep cleaning experience of whole house.
Nancy's General Cleaning LLCNancy's General Cleaning LLC
Anett B.
They are amazing! Did a great job in my house! I am picky for cleaning, obsessed having a clean house and they did exactly what my needs are. Highly recommend them!
Rose's Clean Team IncRose's Clean Team Inc
Emily M.
Bill was a great biweekly cleaner for us! He was responsive and did a great job- he makes a great bed as well! Hiring House Clean allowed my husband and I to focus on work and family instead of cleaning. Highly recommend Bill for house cleaning needs!
House CleanHouse Clean
Lori M.
The crew from Sunshine Cleaning did an excellent spring cleaning of our house the cleaners were very efficient and thorough I loved the extensive checklist Mishell provided for us cleaning things I never think to clean were really enjoying our super clean house I plan to make this a quarterly service
Sunshine Cleaning & PaintingSunshine Cleaning & Painting
Ashley V.
K’s Friendly Cleaning did an exceptional job cleaning my house. I would definitely use this cleaning service again.
K’s Friendly Cleaning !K’s Friendly Cleaning !
Claudia G.
I really needed a deep clean and boy does my house smell fresh and looks clean. Nicole does not rush they your house. She is VERY thorough. I highly recommend.
Tru CleanTru Clean
Hermia M.
Rosaly is a gem. My house is so clean and fresh 😍
Rosaly Cleaning ServicesRosaly Cleaning Services
Mollie S.
My house has never looked cleaner! They were prompt, professional and extremely thorough during our deep clean.
Marvelous CleaningMarvelous Cleaning
Larissa H.
The work was very meticulous and the house is now super clean! Thank you
Big League Cleaning LLCBig League Cleaning LLC
Kelsey M.
My brother thought the house was very clean and they did a great job
Gt Painting & Cleaning servicesGt Painting & Cleaning services
Johanna P.
If you need your house clean and beautiful in a short amount of time this company is amazing! Def recommend them for monthly cleaning!
Priority CleaningPriority Cleaning
Shrabani S.
They did an excellent work cleaning up my house! Will definitely recommend them.
Dust Busters Pro CleaningDust Busters Pro Cleaning
Shayla N.
They left my house spot less and I was so impressed by their cleaning services!
Sunshine Cleaning & PaintingSunshine Cleaning & Painting
Devin D.
CCS Cleaning did such a nice job with a deep clean of my house yesterday. They stayed until the job was done and my house looks, feels and smells nice and fresh. I highly recommend them and plan to continue using them!
Jess T.
I hired sunshine cleaning to deep clean my house before it goes on the market. The first time they cleaned it, they missed a lot of things, marked up the wall in the hallway, and had yanked out the dryer vent and left it unconnected. To be fair, the house was very dirty from all the construction, but it was very stressful to return home and see this. However, the crew returned the same day and addressed all of my issues. Communication was pretty good, and in the end, the house is clean and looks excellent.
Sunshine Cleaning & PaintingSunshine Cleaning & Painting
Stewart S.
Great house cleaning! Used them for a deep clean to start the new year off right. Would absolutely use them again.
Dust Busters Pro CleaningDust Busters Pro Cleaning
Mark P.
They did a great job! Their team cleaned my entire house in less than 2 hours and it has probably never been cleaner!
Nancy's General Cleaning LLCNancy's General Cleaning LLC
Debbie c.
My house has not been this clean in months! These ladies actually made my house shine. I’m excited for them to come back in two weeks!
Casa Linda Cleaning Services LLC.Casa Linda Cleaning Services LLC.
Carter N.
Rose’s clean team came out on a short notice and did a great job cleaning my house. They took time to clean those hard to reach areas and left the tub sparkling clean. Thank you!
Rose's Clean Team IncRose's Clean Team Inc
Caitrin F.
Great communication. Arrived on time. House was sparkling clean when finished. Definitely recommend.
Ashley V.
Scrubz Professional Cleaners were great and I would recommend them! They arrived on time and did a through job when cleaning our house. They were able to clean the house in a timely matter and left the place spotless. I would definitely use them in the future. They were pleasant to work with and offered affordable prices.
Scrubz Professional CleaningScrubz Professional Cleaning
Melissa M.
Incredibly responsive and flexible in meeting our needs of cleaning our old house before we sold it later that week! They did a fabulous job. The house looked fantastic.
Sunshine Cleaning & PaintingSunshine Cleaning & Painting
Brandi W.
Vilma's cleaning did an excellent job cleaning our house today. They were very thorough with their cleaning and are very nice and pleasant people to work with. I will definitely be using them again in the future
Vilma’s Cleaning ServiceVilma’s Cleaning Service
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