Housekeeper Questions Answered - How Much Does It Cost

Be honest, you've often wondered what it would be like to have a professional housecleaner or housekeeper to clean up your home for you. It would be great to have someone to do your laundry, wash the dishes and do all of the other time-consuming and grueling tasks around the house while you were at work, so that you could just come home to a clean house and relax. Then, you've no doubt almost immediately thought that there was no way you could afford one. However, hiring a housecleaner or a housekeeper may not be as costly as you would think. 

The first thing you need to know about hiring someone to help clean your home is the difference between a housekeeper and a housecleaner. You can find an in-depth breakdown in Angie’s List Magazine, but the difference boils down to the frequency of visits and the type of work done during them.


#1 Housekeepers: Typically, people hire a housekeeper to visit once a week to perform light, regular cleaning tasks, such as vacuuming, dusting, and mopping, doing laundry, washing and drying dishes, changing bed linens, taking out the garbage and recycling, and other similar tasks.


#2 Housecleaners: A housecleaner typically comes with their own cleaning supplies and makes more occasional visits to perform heavy duty deep cleaning chores. These may include tasks like scrubbing bathtubs, showers, sinks, and countertops, oven cleaning, cleaning the refrigerator, top-to-bottom kitchen and bathroom sanitizing, and vacuuming upholstered furniture.

The cost of both varies, with housecleaners typically commanding higher prices, especially when they bring their own cleaning supplies. One website dedicated to helping people find housekeepers and housecleaners help them keep their homes tidy, Housekeeper. com, has put together a guide to how much housekeeping and housecleaning costs. 


Per Hour

Most housekeepers charge an hourly rate of $20 to $40, though new, inexperienced housekeepers in cheaper markets may cost as little $15 per hour, with more experienced professionals charging as much as over $85 an hour in cities with a high cost of living. Keep in mind that the length of time it takes a housekeeper or housecleaner to do the job depends on exactly what they’re doing as well as factors like how many bathrooms you have or what your kitchen is like. Bathrooms and kitchens tend to be time-intensive rooms, even if you have a small square footage.

Per Square Foot

Some agencies and professionals who use Housekeeper. com charge by square foot and if you have a smaller home, this will save you money. Rates are typically between $15-25 per one hundred square feet, though all of these prices can also vary depending on where you live. 

Hiring a professional to clean your house is within your reach, but it’s important to understand the difference in the cost of a housekeeper vs housecleaner before you start your search. If you’re on a budget, decide where your priorities are. Is it the small weekly chores like laundry, changing the beds, and cleaning the bathroom that really get you down, or do you find yourself incapable of dedicating that Saturday afternoon to scrubbing the oven clean? Once you’ve decided on your personal priorities, you can find a housekeeper or housecleaner online who offers the exact services you need. 

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