What to Expect When You Hire a House Cleaner

There are a number of benefits to hiring a housecleaner to take care of the general cleaning around your home for a one-time clean-up or on a recurring basis. Not only do you get to spend the time you would be spending on cleaning doing other things, you get to save yourself a lot of hassle and a lot of stress over the whole process. At the end you get to experience a house that’s been cleaned to your expectations. There’s a lot more to it than simply asking someone to come and clean up and then have your spic and span home.

Depending on the cleaner you go with, the services you want done, and what you’re willing to pay, there are a number of different things you can expect when it comes to hiring a house cleaner. Let’s walk you through what the cleaner you hire will provide for you, and what else you can get depending on your specific needs.


Most house cleaners offer a basic range of services to start with that can be expanded upon if you’re interested in getting a more in-depth and deeper clean done at your home. Basic cleaning includes things like:

It’s also very easy to negotiate with most house cleaners to get some more in-depth cleaning services. When it comes to these services you can expect to either pay an hourly rate or to pay additional individual fees per job. They include such things as:


Establishing a schedule for a house cleaner to come to your home and get work done is something you can work out from the beginning or something that can evolve over the course of your relationship with the cleaner if you like their work. Typically, when you search for house cleaning services, you’re going to have several options in terms of how to schedule a cleaner which include:

Once you establish the frequency with which you will require a cleaner, you can work out what time of day is going to work best for you. Most house cleaners are willing to accommodate beyond normal business hours within reason. That means you can likely find a cleaner who is willing to start from 7 a.m. or 8 a.m. and potentially work as late as 10 p.m. into the evening. This is very much up to the individual cleaner to decide for themselves what hours are going to work best, but as you can see there is a wide range so you should be able to find someone who can accommodate your schedule.

Because of the wide window you’re working with, you can expect that whenever you have the time to have someone into your home, you’re going to get it to work out eventually. This can help ease the tension for many homeowners because you don’t have to adjust your schedule to meet the needs of the cleaner, rather you can expect they can work around the schedule that best meets your needs.

Peace of Mind

Hiring someone to come and clean your home is a good way of not just getting your house clean, it also reduces the stress you may be under when you have to handle all of these tasks on your own. That said, it’s not without its own problems and potential stressors. You are, after all, inviting a stranger into your home. Depending on how the scheduling works out they may even be in your home when you’re not there. That takes a huge leap of faith and a lot of trust for many people. How can you be sure that the person you’re inviting into your home is who they say they are?

When you choose to use a service such as Home Advisor, Angie’s List, Thumbtack, or Taskrabbit, for instance, you can expect a degree of reassurance that they have done the legwork for you when it comes to determining how trustworthy a house cleaner truly is. Most of these companies offer background checks to ensure that the house cleaners have been properly vetted before they get to your home. This means that they have had criminal background checks, and in some cases even financial background checks to ensure that they are trustworthy.

You’re also able to scroll through these sites to read the reviews created by other homeowners like yourself to find out what they have experienced with individual cleaners. If a cleaner has had dozens of positive reviews, then you can certainly expect that your experience is likely to be a positive one, too.

Whether you’re dealing with a home cleaning service or an individual, you should be able to ask them for any references to help you decide whether or not they have represented themselves accurately, and you can also ask companies whether they are licensed, bonded, and insured.

Additionally, you should feel free and comfortable when asking other questions related to the services that are going to be provided for you. You can inquire about whether or not you are going to have the same cleaner coming to your home each time if it’s a regularly scheduled service, what their policy will be regarding any damages that might happen when they’re cleaning, and if they perform background checks on their employees.


The average cost of cleaning a single-family home is about $120 to $150. Individual cleaners will often charge a wide range depending on their level of experience and the service through which you hire them. For instance, you can likely find a cleaner for around $15 an hour while others may charge upwards of $90 to $100 an hour to get the work done.

If you’re looking to get an intense deep cleaning done, the cost could get as high as $300 to $400. This of course very much depends on the size of your home and the extent of the cleaning that you need done.

As there is no standard fee that applies across the board for home cleaning, this is very much something that you’ll need to negotiate individually with cleaners. However, services like Home Advisor and Angie’s List do provide you with estimates in advance so you can get an idea of what to expect from the various cleaners that are available in your area.

Any cleaners should be able to provide you with an estimate ahead of time for what you need done. You just need to be clear about the work you require them to do, and what your schedule is. If you need someone to clean right away because it’s an emergency, you can expect that the job will cost you more because it’s last minute. Scheduling a week or more in advance may make the price more reasonable overall.

The additional cleaning services we mentioned earlier will also factor into the cost. You can expect that everything beyond basic services are going to have additional fees. Some cleaners may do this based on an hourly rate for the extra work, while others have fixed rates for certain jobs. That could mean extra $15 to clean your oven, or an extra $20 for spot cleaning of your carpet and so on.

Some cleaners will expect you to provide the supplies needed to clean your home, but most will not. Once you have established this in advance, if you choose a cleaner who is able to supply all the materials they need then you will be saving yourself money and time when it comes to buying more cleaning products. You can also expect they’ll have the right materials for the right job to clean your home more efficiently and quickly.

Expect to devote a bit of time in advance of hiring a cleaner to finding the best deal. You’re going to want to do some comparison shopping and get estimates from several sources before deciding on who’s going to work best for you.

The Bottom Line

When you hire a house cleaner your main expectation is to have your house cleaned quickly and efficiently in a way that saves you time and also some hassle. There are definitely some extra considerations that you’re going to want to consider as well. From the associated costs to the level of cleaning provided, to just how well you click with the cleaner you hired and whether you get a good feeling from the person and trust having them in your home or not. Many variables go into picking the right house cleaner.

Knowing what to expect ahead of time can make this whole process a bit easier and allow you to choose the right cleaner quickly.