Post # 1
FH and I are way too busy to keep up with stuff around the house (we work over 130 hours a week between the two of us), so FH wanted to hire someone to clean, laundry, etc. I am reluactant but finally agreed. He threw out paying $15 an hour a few months ago, after some discussion, I agreed. We hadn’t found anyone reliable (although weren’t looking too hard) and then we found someone who seems fine (not great, but ok) who brought up (while I was in another room) that other people she knew were making $20 an hour, and I walk back in and FH is agreeing. While I could have said something, I felt in a really rough spot, especially since I don’t like disagreeing with FH in front of someone else. Is $20/hour reasonable? and am I overreacting? Thanks.
Post # 3
I think $20/hour is cheap and a good deal. I don’t think I’d feel comfortable paying less.
Post # 4
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
We pay about $100 for 4 hours, so I think you are in the right ballpark.
Post # 6
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
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
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
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
Seems reasonable to me. Maybe even a little underpriced depending on what you are asking them to do.
Post # 11
Seems totally reasonable to me. My parents cleaning lady charges $50 an hour, so $20 sounds fanstastic!
Post # 12
That is really cheap, I think. When I was cleaning, I was getting about $50/hour
Post # 13
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, $10/hr. but that’s under-the-table. I either buy or fix her a nice lunch as well. She cleans like a mad woman, a realy dynamo!
Post # 14
Sounds good to me.. are they licensed?
Post # 15
Everyone I know who hires people and those who do that job charge around 20 to 25$ an hour. 15 was probably not enough to get good people.
Post # 16
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.