Polish Up Your Knowledge: What Do Different Cleaning Services Cost?

Lauren Murphy
Written by Lauren Murphy
Reviewed by Asya Biddle
Updated March 10, 2022
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Highlights

  • Most pros charge between $30 and $50 per hour.

  • Professionally cleaning larger homes over 3,000 square feet can cost more than $600.

  • You'll need to purchase cleaning supplies for about $40–$50 per month if you go the DIY route.

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Let’s be honest. Cleaning the house is no one’s idea of a party. If you’re looking for flawless floors and clean-as-a-whistle countertops, a professional house cleaner may be just the thing to free up your time and make your home shine. House cleaning prices range from $120 to $235 on average, but costs can be as low as $90 for areas under 1,000 square feet. The total cost to hire a house cleaner will depend more or less on your home size and the amount of cleaning required, so read on for a polished perspective on all the details. 

Getting Specific: What Does It Cost to Clean My Sized House?

The cost to hire a house cleaner ranges from $0.07 to $0.15 per square foot. But keep in mind that more intensive cleaning jobs, like a deep-clean before a move, are often more expensive. Those more involved cleanings can run you upwards of $0.20 per square foot, but there’s just no denying it: Hiring an experienced house cleaner can be well worth the money since:

  • You don’t have to do it.

  • It’ll be done right.

  • A proper "exit" clean may get you more of your deposit back if you're moving out.

Summing it up, for an area less than 1,000 square feet, we’d suggest you budget for a cost of $50 to $200. If you’re looking at a bigger space, it’s no surprise that more is, well, more. Professionally cleaning larger homes over 3,000 square feet can cost more than $600.

How Much Does It Cost to Hire a House Cleaner in Your Neighborhood? 

Great news! The cost to hire a residential cleaner near you doesn't vary much by region or state, with most areas close to the national average of $170. That being said, house cleaning costs may be higher based on the living expenses in a given area. It’s also true that cleaning costs may inch up in areas that tend to have larger homes with multiple bedrooms and baths rather than more compact apartments and condos. 

Cleaners with different experience levels will also charge differently. Here are some examples of house cleaning costs around the U.S.:

CityState
Seattle$120–$140
Los Angeles$115–$220
Denver$115–$225
Dallas$120–$220
Chicago$90–$185
Atlanta$125–$235
New York$115–$235
Miami$90–$180

What Will It Cost Me to Clean My Own Home?

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It depends on what you value most. If time is on your side, you may choose to clean your house yourself to save the dollars and cents, or you can lighten your workload by trying to get the whole family involved in the fun. Chore charts, anyone? 

By taking on the task yourself, you can put music on your headphones, dance like no one’s watching while vacuuming, and save hundreds of dollars. But cleaning your own home, like dusting your vaulted ceilings, can also wipe away hours of your free time. What matters most to you?

On the plus side of self-cleaning, you won’t need to pay yourself the hourly rate (unless you decide to treat yourself for a job well done). Yet you'll still need to purchase cleaning supplies for about $40 to $50 per month. And it’s worth noting that often, cleaners bring their own products, which can effectively reduce your costs.

“What is your time worth? That’s the number one question I ask our customers,” says Asya Biddle, Angi Expert Review Board member and manager of The Dustbusters, a family-owned and operated janitorial company in Williamsport, PA. “If you’re in a position where you can hire a house cleaning professional, like anything else, you will get what you pay for. If you're unable to hire a house cleaning professional,” Biddle continues, “a great way to keep the house clean and not waste a Saturday is to divide the house cleaning duties into Monday through Thursday chores for anyone in the home. That way, it stays clean and you have your weekends free.”

Breaking It Down: Costs for Hiring a House Cleaner

The fact is, different house cleaners and cleaning companies will charge differently for various cleaning services. Considering the average cleaner’s hourly rate, here’s the deal on what some specific elements will set you back:

Cleaning Service TypeAverage Cost
Window cleaning$4 – $10 per window
Refrigerator cleaning$10 – $40
Moving service deep-cleaning$200 – $400
Carpet cleaning$75 – $200
Baseboard cleaning$25 – $75
Laundry$5 – $20 per load
Cleaning cabinets$20 – $50
Polishing or waxing floors$25 – $50
Dusting$10 – $30

What Are the Costs for Different Types of House Cleaners?

If you’re looking for someone to give your home a sparkling clean makeover, you have a few options. You can hire house cleaners who are either cleaning as a side hustle or building their own small cleaning business. You may also choose to go with a fully established professional cleaning company. 

Hiring an Independent Cleaning Contractor

Expect to pay an individual house cleaner $12 to $25 per hour, depending on their experience level. You may be able to negotiate on prices, especially if you have a personal relationship with them. 

Not only are individual cleaners usually cheaper to hire than companies, but they’re also typically more flexible when your schedule changes on a whim. However, experience levels can vary, and individual contractors aren’t always guaranteed to have insurance, so be sure you’re doing your research to find a reputable house cleaner who’s bonded, insured, and trained in the type of cleaning you need. And you know what? Reference and background checks are always a good idea. 

Working With a Professional House-Cleaning Company

Professional cleaning companies charge between $25 and $80 per hour. Most will require a signed contract before getting to work, and last-minute schedule change accommodations aren’t guaranteed. On the plus side, established cleaning companies generally come with a reputation and experience and have plenty of online reviews to back them up.

Home, Clean Home: Live-In Cleaning Services

Live-in housekeeping services can be a game changer for your home and your lifestyle. But they can add up to $30,000 to $60,000 per year, and that’s not including your cleaner’s living space or any included meals or per diems. Typically, live-in housekeepers will perform lighter cleaning services, but they’ll obviously clean more often than a weekly cleaning service would. They may also receive deliveries for you and bring in the mail, but that’s all up for discussion. 

Our advice: Before you hire a live-in cleaning pro, negotiate responsibilities and agree in writing so everyone is crystal clear on what exactly their duties will be and what’s most important to you.

Star Treatment: Daily Home Cleaning Visits

Yes, the dream (perpetually pristine sheets, crumb-free floors, and the delightful daily absence of fingerprints on doors and cabinets) can be yours, but no surprise—it comes with a hefty price tag. The cost to hire a full-time or daily house cleaner generally falls between $1,200 and $2,500 per month if you’re talking visits five days per week. What impacts your wallet most? Things like where you live, the size of your home, and your cleaning needs and preferences.

Not Too Shabby: Weekly and Biweekly Cleaning

Busy schedule? Aversion to mops? Spring for weekly or biweekly cleaning services that allow you to make room for “me time” without beating yourself up about your bathroom tile. After all, there’s just nothing like coming home from yoga class (or cocktails!) on cleaning day to find your home simply humming with hotel-level orderliness.

Let’s say you’d rather not spend your weekends taking out the trash and emptying dust-filled vacuum bags. If budget permits, weekly or biweekly cleaning is a solid option that can vastly improve your home style and quality of life. Weekly cleaning services cost anywhere from $75 to $200, while the biweekly option ranges a bit higher, from $100 to $250.

Cleaning Confidential: FAQs for Hiring a Great House Cleaner

OK, I want in. But how do I hire a house cleaner?

First, search online for a house cleaner near you and check out their website or social media pages. You can also call them to ask about their specific services. Find out how much they charge and consider your own budget. If they’re the right fit, set up an appointment to get the ball rolling.

If this is your first time hiring a cleaning service, it may be good to do a bit of research beforehand so you know what to expect from the experience and get tips on hiring the right cleaning service for you.

Should I ask for references?

Yes, and yes. A professional cleaner, whether solo or more corporate, should be delighted to share the news of their happy customers. Our advice: Don’t skip this step.

Additionally, before you hire a house cleaner, make sure they’re insured and bonded for full protection. 

Does a house cleaner bring their own supplies?

Whether or not a cleaner brings supplies also sometimes comes down to their preference. Some cleaning services require the homeowner to supply cleaning products and a few basic materials (sponges, paper towels, rags, a mop, and vacuum, for example), but others bring everything they need to get in, get cleaning, and get out.

You can always ask whether or not they bring their own cleaning supplies, and if so, make sure you’re comfortable with what they use. If you prefer organic or natural products, for example, you may need to supply them or pay a premium.

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