(Closed) am I overreacting?

posted 8 years ago in Relationships
Post # 3
1154 posts
Bumble bee

I think $20/hour is cheap and a good deal.  I don’t think I’d feel comfortable paying less.

Post # 4
2781 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

Exactly how much are you expecting her to do? It’s a bit hard to judge without knowing all the details but personally $20/hr doesn’t sound too unreasonable to me (at least, when I convert it to GBP…)

Post # 5
7082 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2009

We pay about $100 for 4 hours, so I think you are in the right ballpark.

Post # 6
2513 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: December 2009

I think it’s reasonable, but much more than that would be too much IMO, unless of course the house is huge and super-messy.

Post # 7
928 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

That seems pretty reasonable and actually cheap, especially for the amount of work that she is doing. Geez, I know some babysitters that make at least $15-20 an hour just to watch and entertain children so to clean a house, that’s pretty good!

Post # 8
5977 posts
Bee Keeper

I think that’s pretty reasonable. I know it ends up being a lot more in the long run, but I think the going rate, especially close to the city, is much more than that. So, I don’t think you’re getting a bad deal at all!

Post # 9
751 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

Totally reasonable, we pay a little more than that but we live in LA so we pay more for everything! 

Hiring someone to clean our house is one of the best things we’ve done for our relationship.  Seriously.  No more petty fights about who is or isn’t doing something and no more feeling like we should be cleaning and doing stuff around the house when we really need to work or relax or see friends.  We have more time for each other now and less stress so it is worth every penny!! 

Post # 10
18645 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2009

Seems reasonable to me.  Maybe even a little underpriced depending on what you are asking them to do.

Post # 11
195 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

Seems totally reasonable to me. My parents cleaning lady charges $50 an hour, so $20 sounds fanstastic!

Post # 12
4024 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

That is really cheap, I think. When I was cleaning, I was getting about $50/hour

Post # 13
2271 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2009

Although I do the bulk of my own cleaning, I need help for big jobs. I lucked out – one of my former lab assistants became a mother a year ago and is currently not working. So about twice a month she comes cleans for me, $10/hr. but that’s under-the-table. I either buy or fix her a nice lunch as well. She cleans like a mad woman, a realy dynamo!

Post # 14
3125 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: December 2009

Sounds good to me.. are they licensed?

Post # 15
1854 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: December 2009

Everyone I know who hires people and those who do that job charge around 20 to 25$ an hour. 15 was probably not enough to get good people.

Post # 16
1148 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: January 2011

Well actually, we pay ours $50 an hour and she cleans for 3 hours. Granted we have a 3 floor house and she cleans 2 of the floors in the main rooms every other week. I don’t know how much she’s doing at your house though, so it’s hard to judge it. D (our housekeeper), sweeps and mops the floors, scrups the counters/stove top, vacuums, tidies up, and cleans 3 bathrooms while she is here. She also cleans all of the rugs and bathmats.

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