A very common question that we receive is how much should a maid cost. Some people want to make sure that they are not getting taken advantage of and others just have no idea what to expect. This is a question with no simple answer though because it depends on a number of different factors.
House Cleaning Pricing Factors
This is perhaps the biggest deciding factor on how much a maid service will cost. If you are doing a one time cleaning, the maid service will expect the home to be dirtier. This means that the job will take longer so they charge more. If you agree to more frequent cleanings, such as a weekly cleaning, the price will be less because it will not take as long. They might spend 6 hours on a one time cleaning, but only 4 hours on a weekly one. You are above all else, paying for their time.
Size of Your Home
Another big factor is the size of your home. You should not expect to pay the same for your 3000 square foot house as your friend does for their 800 square foot apartment. the bigger the home is, the longer it will take and the more you will pay.
Your Home’s Location
Yes, prices do vary from region to region. If you live in New York, for example, you should expect to pay more than someone in El Paso does. Labor rates and expenses are generally higher in larger cities. These are expenses that a business must pass along to you.
House Cleaning Price Averages
Okay, so by now you get the fact that prices will vary. You still might want to know what some of the average costs are. Here are a few house cleaning prices based on different situations that are accurate as of the time this article was written.
One Time Cleaning Costs
For an average sized apartment home, you can expect to pay between $75 and $175 for a one time cleaning. If you have an average sized house, you can expect to pay between $125 and $350 for a one time cleaning.
Weekly Cleaning Costs
Want to step up to a more frequent cleaning schedule? Expect to pay between $50 to $125 for the average apartment and $90 to $200 for the average house.
Additional Cleaning Costs
Of course, you can not expect everything in your home to be cleaned for the above prices. Not everything is standard. For example, if you want your oven or refrigerator cleaned, this is normally extra. Likewise things like baseboards and mini blinds are not typically included in a standard price. When pricing maid service, be sure to find out what is included.