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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 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.
Reviews for Ithaca house cleaners
Lisa m.
Lisa was the absolute BEST house cleaner we have ever used in years and years of having our homes cleaned!! We used her for a move-out for a rental home, and she made the home and all of its appliances and bathrooms sparkle like new again! I would call her again in a heartbeat and would recommend her to anyone that wanted an excellent, honest, hard-working house cleaner! Thank you so much for all of your help, Lisa!
Proffesional PerfectionistProffesional Perfectionist
Juno P.
We’re renting a house and the former tenants had a cat. The basement had loads of cat hair and the smell of cat pee. They cleaned it very thoroughly! They used the cleaning supplies and materials that we provided (microfiber cloths and vinegar water with a little baking soda). Truly excellent work.
Nice and BRIGHTNice and BRIGHT
Vanessa G.
Vinicius is not only an excellent cleaner, but also a very kind person. He left our house spotless and we felt we were in great hands the whole time. I wholeheartedly recommend him
Brazilian CleaningBrazilian Cleaning
Clare C.
Mike and his team did a great job on our house. He arrived on time and there was a second team member so they were able to get through the entire space quickly without compromising quality. My stove looks like new! They were very friendly and I felt comfortable leaving them with my house so that I was not in the way while they worked. Overall very friendly, very responsive, quality work, and easy to work with. You should book them to clean your house!
ButlerBurtcleaningservices LLCButlerBurtcleaningservices LLC
Elizabeth B.
They didn’t clean my dirty dishes but they still took them out of the sink and put them on the drying rack. I also told them to leave some of the recycling I had put in random boxes in a bag and I would take it out later and instead they mixed some of it together with trash and left it out on the curb in the rain. Did a pretty decent job on the house though
Leave The Dust 2 DawnLeave The Dust 2 Dawn
Lingfeng T.
They canceled a moving out cleaning at the last minute, how can I find someone else to do it within a short time? We made the initial appointment at 10:30 on Friday, the quoted price was 145. They came after 12, and complained I didn’t mention this was a moving out cleaning. They checked my quote and found I did select moving out cleaning. But they checked the house and said it’s too bad, 145 is not enough and they need to reschedule it to Monday and increase the price to 250. This was understandable, so I agreed. I need to move out on Monday, but they told me they have to cancel the job on Sunday because “it’s really beyond the scope of my work”. Fine, but why didn’t you tell me on Friday? I should say I was very upset about that. Their review is very high, so make sure you add your review if you have similar experience. It’s not easy to find the review button, but if you go to the conversation history and you can find it on the top right corner. Update: after they lied in the reply to my review, I decided to put the screenshots of our conversation here. Apparently they didn’t tell me to find others to clean on Friday when they came, otherwise it makes no sense for they to contact me today (Sunday) that they need to cancel the job. It’s very funny that they said I need to be honest to myself though:)
Leave The Dust 2 DawnLeave The Dust 2 Dawn
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