(Closed) Cleaning Lady- Cost?

posted 7 years ago in Home
Post # 3
1109 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

I actually just started cleaning for a lady. She pays me $75 dollars each time.  I am not sure of the sq. footage of her house, but this is what I clean:

Master Bathroom & Bedroom, kitchen, dining room, living room, side room off their living room with a pool table, the 2nd bathroom and her office. 

It takes me about 3 hours (probably less now that I have done it once and know my way around pretty good) So it averages 25 an hour. Which I think is pretty good.

You might want to put an ad on sittercity.com. That is where I found her job listing. =)

Good Luck!

Post # 4
246 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

Im a cleaning lady and i charge by the house size. i also work for a cleaning company, and they would charge alot more for a house that size. ( think over $100) so im thinking your getting a pretty good deal lol jmop

Post # 5
4152 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2018

This sounds about what my mum pays her cleaning lady for 4 hours.  But being in the UK I don’t know what the going rate is with you.

Post # 6
97 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: March 2012

We have someone that comes once per month for a deep clean and our place is 2000sqf, 3 BR, 3BA, and an office and I pay her 100 bucs for that once a month.  We pickup/light clean in between visits.

Post # 7
2891 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

Back when we had a cleaning lady she charged $50 a time and she cleaned countertops/stovetops/floors/sinks/tubs/toilets and took out the trash. She also ran the vacuum. She never picked anything up or cleaned windows or dusted. It took her 2 hours. Honestly it wasn’t worth it in my opinion.

I had another cleaning lady when I lived in Florida. She charge $12 an hour and was phenomenal. She would pick up and do laundry. She even put it away! She played with my dog and cat and ran errands. When she left for the day my house was in better shape than I could get it. She spoke no english but that is ok. I figure exposure to Spanish was good for my pets lol.  I would hire her again in a second.

Just be choosy in who you hire. I would have paid the second lady more. It wasn’t about money. I loved her willingness to do whatever her hand found that needed doing. That blessed me! When someone comes in with a list of all the things they won’t do or will empty the trash but refuse to pick up the wrapper that fell behind the can I say why bother.

Post # 9
4887 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

I have almost 1600 sq ft, 3/2.5 and my person charges $97 each time.  I only get them once a month just to help me out.  I use a service that has teams and I’ve been very disappointed with the last 2 times so I’m willing to give them one more chance… then I’m done.  Finding good help is so hard sometimes.

Post # 11
438 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2011

My husband hired a maid to come and clean since I’m pregnant and the housework was getting to be too much for me to keep up with. 

Our house is about 1800 sf and we pay $75 every 2 weeks.  She cleans everything! 

  • Dusts the fans, blinds, baseboards, tables, etc.
  • Cleans the kitchen (including the oven)
  • Cleans the bathrooms (including the rugs)
  • Sweeps, mops, vacuums
  • Washes the sheets in the master bedroom and makes the bed
  • Goes through the fridge and pantry and throws out any expired food
  • Empties the trash
  • Washes all of the rags that she uses and puts them away for her next visit

I might be forgetting a few things, but the house is sparkling when we get home 🙂

Post # 12
180 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

We have someone that comes every other week and charges $65. I live in an apartment, which is ~1300 square feet (2bed, 1 bath). She does an amazing job scrubbing down all our floors (wood), making the bathroom shine, and dusting/cleaning all other surfaces. I was against hiring someone at first, but my husband really pushed for it. Since I previously did 90% of the cleaning I do feel like a big weight has been lifted off me.

Post # 13
2891 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

@Mrs.T To Bee: Amazingly they got so they obeyed all kinds of Spanish commands. She would croon to them in Spanish all the time. My dog was a retired service animal and she had him helping carrying buckets, closing cabinets etc. He had a serious case of hero worship going on LOL.

Post # 14
1820 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

I also use a company (a bit more expensive than an individual) and pay $85 every two weeks.  (If we had weekly service the cost would be $70/week.) I think they probably spend about 3.5-4 hours each time, and my house is 3 bedrooms, 2.5 baths, three floors.  My husband and I keep our house really neat, so get A LOT of extras from our service – completely clean out the refrigerator, change all the beds and towels, clean the oven, etc. – which is wonderful!

A lot of the rate will depend on where you live, but $25/hour seems like a pretty reasonable baseline (based on what other people I know pay) for an individual.

Post # 15
368 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

We have a maid that comes every other week and we pay her $90 for our 2000 square foot townhouse.  I think the $90 we pay is really reasonable, so I think your rate seems pretty fair. 

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