Although hiring a cleaning service will save time and effort in the long run, it can be hard to find the right pro at the right price point for your home. Between full-service agencies, specialized companies, and independent contractors, there are plenty of pros to choose from. To simplify your selection process, we’ve broken down your options – and how much you should expect to pay for them.
If, for example, you’re planning on hosting an event and interested in hiring a one-time cleaning service, you can expect to pay between 150 and 250 dollars. Depending on the company you hire, this rate might be broken down into an hourly fee, in which case it will likely come with a minimum number of hours. What you end up paying can also fluctuate based on the number of rooms you need cleaned, your home’s square footage, and the number of professionals needed on site. Because of these variations, it’s important to prioritize the tasks you want to be completed; you can end up cutting costs by being selective about the rooms you want cleaned.
If you’re hosting a party this season (or dealing with the aftermath), leave your mop in the basement and have a team of pros come by instead – they’ll have your home looking spotless in no time.
Weekly & Monthly Services
If you hired a one-time service and were pleased with the results, you should consider hiring them on a regular basis. This can be on a weekly, bi-weekly, or monthly basis. Most services will give a discount the cost of cleaning if you use them on a regular basis. For example, a one-time cleaning of a 2,000 square-foot home will typically cost between 200 and 300 dollars, while a bi-weekly cleaning will cost between 150 and 250 dollars.
Hiring on a consistent basis is a great choice for homes that require special products due to a child with allergies or a pet that sheds. Not only will the team assigned to your home become familiar with your home’s needs and schedule, but any special products you buy won’t be wasted on a one-time clean. At the end of the day, you won’t believe the difference a bi-weekly cleaning can make to the state of your home. Don’t believe us? Contact a cleaning service today to see it firsthand.
One part of your home you should definitely have regularly cleaned is your ductwork. In a typical six-room home, ducts can accumulate up to 40 pounds of dust annually. Duct cleaning is especially important if you or your family members have allergies or asthma. With regular duct maintenance, not only will the air circulating your home be cleaner, but your machines will also work more efficiently. If you haven’t yet already this year, find a pro to inspect and clean your ducts. Be sure to ask for before and after photos – you’d be surprised at the amount of grime that can hide just out of sight.
Add-Ons & Special Projects
A standard service would typically include vacuuming, dusting and cleaning bathroom and kitchen fixtures. Some companies may accept requests for additional services and charge a nominal fee for their completion – typically between 50 and 125 dollars. A cleaning service charging based on an hourly rate may not charge an additional fee but will need to stay on the job longer, and as a result, your service will be more expensive.
That being said, some projects will require the help of a specialist. Most importantly, if you have carpets, upholstery, and drapery that needs attention, we recommend hiring the help of a pro who specializes in finer materials. These services are more expensive, but you can rest assured that your furniture is being treated with care.
You may also want to have your home professionally cleaned after a home renovation project, especially if you’ve noticed a strange smell or residue around the home. These contractors provide unique services and may charge more depending on the state of your home. If you’ve recently had a home project completed and you’re feeling dissatisfied with the crew’s clean up, have a pro come by to rid your home of harmful fumes and substances that could have been left behind.
Hiring Individuals Versus Businesses
Independent operators or professionals who do not work as a part of a bigger business or service can often be hired for a lower rate than a company. That being said, it can be nerve-wracking to allow a stranger into your home, especially if everyone is at work for the day. With a well-known and highly recommended cleaning service, you are paying in part for peace of mind. Agencies will often also provide contracts with written quotes, and some even offer liability insurance. Even if you don’t hire a well-known agency, take the time to read online reviews for local cleaning services before hiring so you know what to expect from your service.
The holiday season is the perfect opportunity to test out a cleaning service. While you’re busy shopping for gifts, cooking and decorating, leave tasks like cleaning to the pros. For just a couple hundred dollars, you’ll have your neighbours, friends and in-laws wondering how you manage to maintain such a tidy home during the stressful holiday season. Not to mention, if all goes well, you can have your home looking that good all year round! Don’t spend another minute scrubbing, find a well-vetted cleaning service in your area today.
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