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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 Lancaster house cleaners
Cindy S.
Loved having Simply Cleaning come and do a deep clean of my house.
Simply Cleaning w. CareSimply Cleaning w. Care
Kathy S.
The timing was off so our house was not cleaned
Sarah house Cleaning  Services 😷🙏🙋🧹Sarah house Cleaning Services 😷🙏🙋🧹
Jennifer P.
They did a nice job cleaning our house.
Fresh Scentz Cleaning LLCFresh Scentz Cleaning LLC
Bashirat G.
Felix and his team exceeded expectations on move out cleaning of a 4-bedroom house. They went the extra mile to ensure the house looked great and almost new! I would recommend them to anyone who is in need of a thorough house cleaning.
Super Clean R & SSuper Clean R & S
Keith S.
House looked great after clean! Well worth the money.
Jasmine's Cleaning SolutionsJasmine's Cleaning Solutions
Barbara D.
Asked for a cleaning to sell my house. The bathroom wasn’t done. The windows and everything else needed to be gone over by another cleaner
Mack's Elite Residential and Commercial Cleanin...Mack's Elite Residential and Commercial Cleanin...
Holli V.
Greyza was very timely in her responses. She is flexible & arrived on time. My house was very dirty! It was wonderful to come home to a very clean house.
Greysa Del CidGreysa Del Cid
Amy L.
Deirdre is personable and reliable. She was great to work with and house was cleaned as expected. Thank you!
The Perfect SparkleThe Perfect Sparkle
Vivek M.
Jasmine and her team did a live out clean for my apartment as well as cleaned my house before I moved in. Everything was spotless, they did a great job. Highly recommend to use her for a cleaning service.
Jasmine's Cleaning SolutionsJasmine's Cleaning Solutions
Marti S.
Excellent service!! Stephanie and her team were punctual and professional. The house looks great! Highly recommend Once Again Clean!!!
Once Again CleanOnce Again Clean
Ken M.
Had their crew do a deep clean of one of our properties after a renovation. House looked perfect. We will use them again!
Once Again CleanOnce Again Clean
Serena O.
My house looked and smelled amazing when she was finished! In addition to everything else, she cleaned my old, unfinished hardwood floors that I’ve NEVER been able to! They looked fantastic! She was professional and very friendly too. I’ve never hired anyone to clean my house before so I was a little nervous and wasn’t quite sure what to expect but I would definitely hire Titos Cleanings again in a heartbeat.
Titos Cleaning & Home OrganizingTitos Cleaning & Home Organizing
Terry L.
Erin came to our rescue and prepared our new home to move in ready. She and John came at quick notice to prepare the house for our painter - got rid of the pesky pet hair, cleaned all the bathrooms, blinds, removed grease from the stove and polished it all up. The house is clean and smells great!! I highly recommend Erin- she and John did a great job, they are pleasant, attentive, and great to work with!
Rebecca J.
She was easy to get in contact with. They were very thorough and my mother, who I hire the service for, was so relieved to have her house cleaned before her birthday party.
Thais cleaning servicesThais cleaning services
William H.
Veronica was great. She was super professional. Was here on time and worked meticulously through the house. Our home smells so good and feels very clean. Great value, great experience. Will definitely use her again.
Simply Cleaning w. CareSimply Cleaning w. Care
Sharon W.
Very happy with house cleaning done today. Kelsey was friendly, punctual, and professional. James thanks so much for a job well done. We plan on using your service on a regular basis. Thanks James, Kelsey, and Reflections.
Reflections Cleanout & Moving, LLC.Reflections Cleanout & Moving, LLC.
Elizabeth H.
Exceeded expectations, 100% would use her services again. I hired her to do a deep clean on the house I am selling and after she was done even I wanted to buy it again! Very responsive, professional and the value for the in depth work is beyond amazing.
A Clean Life,  LLCA Clean Life, LLC
Mark H.
I used Jasmine for 6 months and the less I asked her to do the faster she tried to get done and out of the house. There were areas that we originally agreed would be done and as our family changed I asked her not to clean certain areas. I didn’t mind continuing to pay the price but thought she could spend the extra time to focus on cleaning better or asked if there were other items to do.
Jasmine's Cleaning SolutionsJasmine's Cleaning Solutions
Sandra D.
They charged me $150.00 to clean only small kitchen, bathroom, living room and dinning room (all small spaces) they didn’t do the bedrooms. By the way, this was supposed to be “deep clean” I Checked behind the tv and went and told her this area is dusty, right away, with an attitude, she said we don’t clean that. Then, they won’t move anything to map under couches or small furniture.. I moved everything for them, and told them what was missing to be clean otherwise they won’t do it... so much for deep cleaning !! And when I asked her to clean the corner of the back door ( there was dirt in there, I meant how could you miss that ... she was tapping her fingers on the table.. also, she refused to clean the small toaster oven.. again she said they don’t do that ... so In their mind, what is supposed to be a deep clean!!? It’s not fear, this was an abuse ... she was so rude... I would had giving her the $170.00 she quoted me including one bedroom. The price went down to $150.00 because I decided to clean the bedroom myself. Anyway, I guess she was having a bad day, and did a terrible job cleaning my house.
Jasmine's Cleaning SolutionsJasmine's Cleaning Solutions
Thumbtack Customer
Joel and his team do a great job cleaning! Unfortunately, communication is another story. We had this company booked bi-weekly for the cleaning of our home. There seemed to be scheduling issues almost every time they were scheduled to come to our home in the two months we had them hired. If whatever problems were going on we're communicated to us, perhaps we could have worked with Joel. Unfortunately, most times we came home to an uncleaned house and it was up to us to contact Joel to find out what happened. We wish Joel luck and hope the company's challenges are resolved soon.
Cleaning From the Heart  "It's All In The Details"Cleaning From the Heart "It's All In The Details"
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