Is Having Your House Professionally Cleaned Worth It?
It’s rare these days to find anyone who actively enjoys doing housework. Between your actual career, the time you need to spend with family and friends, and the stresses of everyday life, worrying about cleaning the grout in your shower and scrubbing the toilet is definitely at the bottom of your list. But you also can’t let that stuff slide for too long either. No one wants to live in a dirty house so it’s a bit of a catch-22. And for the most part we grin and bear it and get the work done when we have to in the quickest, most efficient way we can. But there is another option.
Professional house cleaning services have been around for ages. Domestic workers have been a part of culture for hundreds of years. Back in Victorian England it was taken for granted that any middle-class to wealthy household would have several people on staff all the time to clean the house. The job has evolved over time and is more widespread than ever these days. There are numerous companies and independent contractors willing to clean your home if you’re interested in paying for their services. So, the question is, is it worth it to get someone to come in and do this for you?
The answer of course depends on you. There are a number of things that you need to consider before you commit to giving a professional cleaning service a try. Let’s take a look at what you need to keep in mind, and the factors that you should consider before making this choice.
One of the main reasons anyone will want to hire a professional cleaning service is if their own schedule makes cleaning up around the house too difficult. If your days are packed to the gills and you only have a few hours of spare time, then you need to balance everything that you have to do during a normal day with the task of getting the house cleaned. Just like ordering food for delivery, ordering a house cleaner is a real time-saver and a stress reliever when you’re feeling like you don’t have enough time in your day.
If you have a ton of time to spare during your day then maybe you feel better doing the cleaning yourself, it lets you have greater control over what gets done and how it gets done, as well as giving you something to do to fill your days, but most of us can definitely find something better to do with our time given the opportunity.
The average price of home cleaning is between $100 and $150. HomeAdvisor, which helps customers connect with professional home cleaners, states that a single-family home typically costs between $120 and $150 to get cleaned. There is a lot of variation in rates and services offered, however. Some home cleaners may charge as little as $15 per hour. Others may charge over $100 per hour.
The nature of the cleaning you’re paying for is also something you need to factor into budgeting. A basic cleaning service might be a single bathroom, a single kitchen which includes countertops and sinks and floors, and perhaps vacuuming of the main room in your home. If you want more extensive cleaning done it’s going to cost more. That can include everything from a second bathroom to cleaning your stove, your refrigerator, and even doing the laundry. There’s no standard rate across the industry by any means. You’ll have to do some comparison shopping and get estimates from a few sources to find out what works best for you.
Once you have some estimates, then you simply need to factor in how this fits into your budget. If it’s going to cost $50 per hour to clean your home and it will take 2 hours a week to get done, is $100 per week within your budget? It’s a matter of assessing what your time is worth to you. If you were to do the work yourself could you do it as fast? Would you be missing out on something that you find more valuable than the money you’re spending to get a professional to do it?
If the time you would spend cleaning your home would be better spent at your day job, or spending time with your friends and family, perhaps it makes good financial sense for you to pay a professional to do it. If you can’t make the numbers work, then you may want to reconsider hiring a professional or you may want to adapt your approach. If $100 a week is not feasible with your budget, maybe $100 a month works. Or perhaps you need to find a cleaner who only charges $15 per hour and then see if you can manage $30 per month.
The Size of Your Home
Most of the estimates that you’ll find online for home cleaning and indeed most of the calculators that home cleaning service websites offer use a single bathroom and a single kitchen as a base line. if your home is larger and you have two bathrooms or three bathrooms then you’re going to need to alter your equations accordingly. Likewise, if you have bedrooms you want cleaned, that’s going to be an additional cost that you need to work out with your potential home cleaner. If your home has four bedrooms and three bathrooms, you can expect that your cleaning may end up costing you over $300 to get done.
What You Need Done
The greatest variables you’ll have to worry about when it comes to determining whether or not getting your house professionally cleaned are related to what exactly you need a professional to clean for you. Like we said, most home cleaning services take it for granted that what you’re asking for is one kitchen and one bathroom. You can also pay extra for services like:
- Interior window cleaning
- Laundry service
- Oven cleaning
- Refrigerator cleaning
- Sanitization services
- Organization services
- Deep cleaning
- Move in cleaning and move-out cleaning
- Inside cabinet cleaning
There are a host of additional cleaning services that you could potentially work out with your provider as well. Also, you need to consider whether or not the professional you’ve hired is bringing their own cleaning supplies or whether you are going to be supplying them as that is a factor for many cleaners.
Consider hiring a professional home cleaner the same as ordering a pizza. If you’re hungry sometimes any pizza will do. But there are a lot of places to choose from and there’s no sense just picking the first place that shows up on Yelp. While every community has a number of local businesses, there are also larger companies that you can rely on to help connect to you with professionals in your area. Some of the biggest include:
- Home Advisor
- Angie’s List
All of these companies offer homeowners an easy-to-use interface either online or on a smartphone that can connect you with local cleaning professionals. Aside from the convenience of organizing all the cleaners you may need in one place at one time, they also can offer you some peace of mind as well since many of these companies provide background and vetting services. That means you don’t need to worry about the professional you’re inviting into your home being who they say they are.
Professionals are often subject to criminal background checks and even financial checks depending on which service you go with. In addition, these services also allow members to review the professionals that they’ve hired. That gives you the opportunity to look over any potential home cleaner’s history to see how other customers have felt about the service provided. You can see at a glance whether or not the professional you’re interested in hiring shows up on time to get the job done and if they do a satisfactory job or not. This takes all of the guesswork out of hiring a professional, which can be pretty stressful.
When you think about it, you’re asking a person you don’t know to come into your home and spend a lot of time there. You likely won’t be standing over their shoulder the whole time, so you have to trust that they’re going to do the job that you hired them to do and nothing else. Knowing that the person you hired has a history of being reliable and honest goes a long way to making you feel more comfortable about the whole process.
The Bottom Line
Everybody wants to live in a clean and tidy home. But, with the way the world works right now, keeping up with all of your responsibilities means that sometimes cleaning the house falls by the wayside. That’s why home cleaning services are such an attractive option. For a reasonable price you can have somebody come in and do the work for you to ensure your house is looking its best. That means less stress for you, less work for you, and more time for you to do the things that you need and want to do.
As we have seen there are a number of factors to consider before you commit to having any professional cleaner coming to your home, but if it’s something you are able to do, it can definitely be worth your while to do so.