How Much Do You Pay for a Housekeeper? - Lancaster,NY

Updated on October 05, 2016
J.J. asks from Lancaster, NY
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I know this varies around the country, but for those of you who pay someone to houseclean, these are my questions:
Do you pay monthly, weekly, etc.
How much do you pay and for what services?
Does it bother you to have someone in and out of your house?
Do you have a big company or an individual arrangement with a person?

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answers from Washington DC on

I pay $100 per week for the following:

* change of bed sheets
* cleaning of kitchen counter, stove and sink - cupboards sometimes as well.
* vacuuming and mopping of all floors.
* base boards wiped down.
* cobwebs removed
* dusting of furniture
* cleaning of all bathroom vanities, mirrors, floors, toilets and tubs/showers.

No. It does not bother me to have someone come in and clean my house.
It's a small company.
I have 5 bedrooms, 3 full baths, 2 floors.

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answers from Dallas on

With tip I pay $135 every two weeks. I can't remember how much it is without the tip. That's for two women to come in and clean my 2000sf home from top to bottom. They do everything I can imagine - floors, baseboards, ceiling fans, change the sheets, clean the outside of the appliances and cabinets, all the expected things in the kitchen and bathrooms, dust, clean the windows (inside only) and dust the blinds, etc. They work for a small company owned by a businesswoman. I feel comfortable having them in my home. The owner is insured. It's the same two women that clean every time, and I've never had a problem with them, but if I did I know the owner of the company would take care of the problem. They come every other Tuesday while I'm at work, and I love coming home to a spotlessly clean home in the afternoon.

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answers from Atlanta on

I have a large home, we pay $150 every week.

No. It doesn't bother us to have someone in our home. They are from a local "chain" of cleaning services here in Atlanta. We have the same team come in each week. They have had a background investigation. The company is licensed, bonded and insured.

They mop, vacuum, dust floors, furniture (yes, they vacuum our couches, we have dogs), clean the bathrooms, change the sheets on the bed if I have laid out new sheets. Clean the kitchen (every 3 months they clean the inside of the oven for a $25 fee).

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answers from Houston on

$90 every Friday.

She cleans my 3300 sf one story home.
scrubbing the kitchen,
scrubbing all bathrooms,
changing the bed,

My husband generally works from home. She gets his office when he goes to the kitchen for lunch. She just dusts and cleans the hardwood floor. He doesn't mind her being in the home when he is there.

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answers from Dallas on

I pay $105 each time my person cleans and she comes every other week. 3200 sq foot home, cleans top to bottom...bathrooms, dusts, vacuums, cleans tile/wood floors, baseboards, ceiling fans, blinds, changes sheets, dusts all wall decor, kitchen. My person does everything in about 2-1/2 hours (she's thorough but fast!). It doesn't bother me having her here. We've actually developed a friendship. We talk while she cleans and while I do some other work around my house. She's independent/individual arrangement. I'm in the Dallas, TX area if that matters (maybe to get an idea of regional price ranges).

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answers from Pittsburgh on

I have done all different arrangements over the years. I have paid by the hour ($20/hour) and I've paid a flat rate. Either way, it has cost about the same, about $100 for my 4 bedroom 2.5 bath house (2 levels, no basement). That is for every other week.

No, it doesn't bother me to have someone in my house. To be honest, it's not like a own a bunch of jewelry or something that makes me worried about theft. And the people I hire are known in the community, and they are real businesses that are bonded and insured.

I have hired both individuals with their own businesses and big companies. They each have strengths and weaknesses. Big companies are more likely to have a standard service - they have a list of things they do, and that's it. They are reliable because if someone is sick, they send someone else from the business. Individuals are more likely to be flexible, and offer custom service. But if something comes up, there is no substitute person to fill in.

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answers from Sacramento on

$110 every two weeks for a 2,400 sq ft home (3 bath). We use a small business, not a chain. Used a chain in the past and ended up with different people in our house each time. I much prefer consistency.

I don't mind having people here, but I work from home. I trust the team we use, so I'm fine when they're here and I'm not, because they're like family. We've known them for 11 years now.

Our housecleaners dust, mop, vacuum, clean bathrooms, wipe blinds, clean out the microwave and clean up our awful stainless fridge doors. On a rotating basis, they'll do special cleanings, like high mantle shelves, baseboards, inside the fridge, kitchen cabinets, grout, etc.

If your friends and neighbors don't know anyone, post on Nextdoor and see if you can get recommendations. That's always a great starting point, especially when you need to hire people you can trust with your belongings.

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