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Professional house cleaning services are available for private homes, rental properties, multiunit buildings, businesses, rental move-ins or move-outs, home sale preparation, event and party cleanup, and more. You can use a house cleaner for a one-time service or set up a recurring cleaning service such as a weekly or biweekly cleaning. Things that affect the overall average cost of a house cleaning service include the square footage of the residence or office, the number of rooms and bathrooms that need to be cleaned, whether you want a general cleaning or a deep cleaning, and whether you want the cleaner to use eco-friendly cleaning products.

Cost estimates

Professional house cleaners may offer a flat rate based on square footage, price per room or price per hour. Most cleaning services or cleaning professionals will provide an estimate based on square footage, but will only offer an exact cost after performing a walk-through of the space.

Size of residence in square feet

Pricing for maid service is usually based on the square footage of the house. The more square footage to be cleaned, the higher the costs.

Number of rooms

The number of rooms the house cleaners need to work on also plays a role in determining costs. An 800-square-foot studio apartment may have a different cleaning cost than an 800-square-foot two-bedroom house.

Number of bathrooms

In addition to the number of rooms overall, the number of bathrooms can contribute to the cost. Bathrooms are typically dirtier than other rooms in the house and require deeper cleaning. Having more bathrooms may increase the overall cost.

Type of cleaning

  • Standard house cleaning often includes the basics of sweeping, mopping, vacuuming, cleaning bathrooms, cleaning the kitchen, dusting and general tidying.

  • Deep cleaning may include standard house cleaning services as well as detail-oriented tasks such as cleaning blinds or intensive cleaning projects like stove scouring.

  • Move-in or move-out cleaning prepares a completely empty house for sale, move-in or move-out to recover the rental deposit.

  • Event cleanup is a one-time service to clean a home or other venue after an event. This service generally includes garbage removal, dishwashing and general cleaning.

Go over the specifics of each cleaning job with the cleaning company prior to the start of the job.

Special cleaning supplies

Cleaning professionals may charge more if you want them to use eco-friendly cleaners or specialized or unusual cleaning products that are not typically provided by the cleaner.

Individual or company

Individual cleaning service providers often charge less than professional house cleaning companies. Companies usually have more standardized business models, are more likely to be bonded and insured, and often perform background checks on their employees.

Pro tips:

  • House cleaning rates can be lower if you sign up for a once-a-week or every-other-week service instead of once a month, says Karine Ewbank of H2O Professional Cleaning Services of Hercules, California.

  • When clients provide all the cleaning products, Ewbank says, they can save up to $5 per cleaning.
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