How Much is it to Clean the Average House?


There are many factors that contribute to the final price a cleaning service will charge you to clean your house which, of course, differs from company to company. Therefore, to answer this question in approximate figures, it can cost anywhere between $30 for a 1-bedroom home, to $200 for a house that has no more than 3 bedrooms. 

For a better understanding of how pricing is fixed by cleaning companies and how to obtain the best discounts when hiring a maid service, read on to learn the four different pricing methods applied in the cleaning business.

1. Hourly Rate 

For pay-by-the-hour cleaning services, most companies charge a fixed rate that varies from $30 to $50. Some may even charge lower or higher than this depending on other factors including the size of the house, number of bedrooms/bathrooms, etc (we will discuss these pricing methods as well). Furthermore, hourly rates are typically charged per cleaner; i.e. if you are hiring a 2-member cleaning team, you will be paying each professional house cleaner an hourly fee for their services.

When weighing out the pros and cons of opting to pay an hourly rate over other pricing methods, the first question that comes to mind is ‘how many hours will it take to clean my house?’; again, this will depend on the size of the house, the number of bedrooms, the type of cleaning (standard or deep cleaning), and other factors, too. In general, a house cleaner will take approximately 1 hour to clean a 1-bedroom house or apartment.

2. Per Room Rate

This pricing method is reached by averaging the costs of cleaning each room in a house. For example, if the cost to clean a large room is priced at $40 and a bathroom is priced at $20, the company is likely to charge $30 per room. With that said, this pricing method varies significantly from company to company and can be anywhere between $20 – $100 per room. 

As you may have already calculated, this pricing option adds up to a higher fee as compared to hourly rates; however, a per room rate is definitely feasible when you have specific cleaning needs to be met. For example, if you just want to have your bedroom(s) cleaned by a professional, you can opt for the pay-per-room rate. 

3. Flat Rate

This is the most desired pricing method among homeowners which eliminates the uncertainties that come with hourly rates. Here, the cleaning company will charge you a fixed amount for the specified cleaning services booked. These rates will differ according to the type of cleaning service chosen such as deep cleaning, regular cleaning, spring cleaning, one-time services for move-in/move-out cleaning, etc.

While some house cleaning companies may charge as little as $65 to clean a 1-bedroom home, established agencies that offer quality cleaning services will charge a flat fee of at least $100, right up to $200. Although (on most occasions) this may cost more than paying by the hour, customers don ‘t have to worry about paying a cent over the total cost which gives them some peace of mind!

4. Square Foot Rate

Because houses and apartments come in various designs and sizes, paying per square foot can be more feasible than both, a flat fee and per room rate. If the average square foot rate falls between $0.05 – $0.15, a 2-bedroom home that is 1000 sq ft (or lesser) could cost as low as $50. The total cost for cleaning a 2-bedroom home at an hourly rate, on the other hand, will cost you approximately $60.

We should point out that the approximate rates mentioned above are intended for standard cleaning services whereas deep cleaning or move-in/move-cleaning services will have a higher fixed rate. Apart from this, many cleaning companies will pay your home a visit to assess the condition of the house before confirming a square foot rate. If they find that the house hasn’t been cleaned for a long time, or has too much clutter, they are likely to charge you more.

Types of Cleaning Services & Add-On Services Effect Pricing

As we have already mentioned, the price range of cleaning services differs from company to company, as well as with the types of cleaning services you choose. Standard home cleaning is priced lower than move-out cleaning services, while deep cleaning sits somewhere in the middle.

Along with this, the total cost to have your house cleaned by a professional will increase if/when you request add-on services such as doing laundry, washing window exteriors, cleaning the refrigerator, organising and cleaning cabinets, etc.  

Do House and Apartment Cleaning Services Cost the Same?

Because apartments are typically smaller than houses, the cost of cleaning one is relatively cheaper. Of course, depending on the cleaning company, a 3-bedroom apartment home cleaning will cost you a little more than a 1-bedroom house. On average, the flat fee for cleaning a 1-bedroom apartment ranges from $30 – $60.

How to Avail the Best Price for House Cleaning

Here are some tips to get the lowest price for a professional house clean:

  • Select a cleaning package which companies offer at discounted rates
  • Ask for additional discounts or offers that they may have running currently; some companies run seasonal discounts
  • Select fewer rooms to clean; for example, rooms that are prone to daily dirt and untidiness
  • Do your bit to keep the house clean and tidy so that you do not need to pay for a deep clean
  • Only choose services that you need
  • Buy your own cleaning supplies so that you do not have to pay extra for the company’s products

When calculating the cost of hiring a maid service, keep the factors mentioned in this article firmly in mind to understand how much, on average, you should pay to have your house cleaned by a professional.

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