As a homeowner, you know how important it is to have a clean home. You also know how hard it is to get that home clean. When looking for someone to clean your home, you want to make sure that you are working with a cleaning company or individual that is going to fit into your budget and is going to get the work that you need done.
This article from Ana Cleaning Services, LLC., will take a look in detail at how much house cleaning services cost and what you should expect depending on if you hire a company or an individual.
Let’s say you have a party and need a deep cleaning, or you’re selling your home, or you just don’t have the time in your busy schedule to clean your home. That’s when you start searching for help.
You will then either go to Google and Facebook, or just ask your friends and family for whom they call to clean their home. You discover there are several options, companies, franchises, and individuals with different services, rates, and scopes of work.
With all these options, you don’t know what to do, or whom to choose. Who would be the best fit for you in terms of quality and cleaning services cost?
We would like to help answer these questions by providing you with details on what to expect to pay for house cleaning services and the different factors that affect the cost.
House cleaning services cost in Maryland, DC, and Virginia areas Factors
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The rate for house cleaning services in Maryland, DC, and Virginia areas ranges between $35 – $50 per labor hour when you’re looking to hire a cleaning company. If your search is for maid services provided by individuals you would be looking at anywhere between $20 – $40 per labor hour.
But what is a labor hour, also known as man-hour? According to the Merriam-Webster dictionary, a labor hour or man-hour is an hour of work done by one worker. So, for example, if a job takes 3 labor hours to complete, and the cleaning service you hired charges $45 per labor hour, you’ll be paying $135 for the 3 labor hours no matter if they send one cleaning tech or three.
The only difference is the time it takes to finish the job. It takes a three-person cleaning crew one hour to finish that specific job.
The home size also affects the rate, so owners of bigger homes should expect to pay more for house cleaning services. Simply put, the bigger the home the more time and effort is needed to finish the job. While the average house size in Maryland is 1,952 Square feet with 3 bedrooms, 2 and half bathrooms, and an average kitchen, larger homes might have double those numbers.
In a home, bathrooms and kitchens are the rooms that need more labor and time. Hence, big homes with huge kitchen islands, bathrooms with extra large showers, tubs, and countertop surfaces will require more time.
Other areas that sometimes are not taken into account are studios, theater rooms, and game rooms which also increase the time and labor needed to clean a property.
The condition of your home is another factor that affects the house cleaning services cost. The more dirt and grime; the more time, effort, and resources are needed to clean your home. In addition to these factors, the amount of decorations and items you have may increase the cleaning time as well.
Picture frames, knickknacks, lamps, toys and dirty clothes on floors will add more time.
Although house cleaning companies in Maryland may include light organization with their services, heavy organization is definitely not part of regular house cleaning duties, and in fact will increase your house cleaning rate.
One of the main things to consider when hiring a cleaning service in Maryland, DC and Virginia areas is that if your home has not been cleaned in a while, the cleaning company might increase the rate for the extra labor needed to clean it.
Repeated cleaning is the best way to keep a property up to standards and decrease the rate you pay.
This is pretty self-explanatory, more people living in a home means more traffic, more items, extra effort in bedrooms, bathrooms, and more beds to be made, for this reason the cleaning services cost will increase.
It doesn’t matter if your pet is short-haired, long-haired, hypoallergenic, or that your home is cleaned regularly and/or your pet(s) are brushed routinely. You will still find hair embedded into carpeting, furniture, floors, and any flat surface.
This pet fur thus needs to be vacuumed in detail. Sometimes, there is so much pet hair in a home that we have to empty the equipment before continuing vacuuming, increasing the time needed to clean a home.
Type of cleaning
House cleaning companies offer several types of cleaning services. The most common ones are recurring services, deep cleaning, and move in/out cleaning services. Some house cleaning companies also offer post construction cleaning as part of their pool of services.
No matter if you hire an individual or a house cleaning company, the cleaning services cost you should expect to pay for a deep clean, move in/out, and post construction cleaning is going to be more since they are labor intensive (more elbow grease) and they also take longer to perform .
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Type of floors
The type of floors you have may also affect the rate you will pay to clean your home. A home in which most of the floors are covered in carpet will take only one step to clean (vacuuming). Meanwhile, a home with hardwood, tile, or other type of flooring on most of its floor surface will need two steps.
First, vacuuming which will remove dust and grime particles from the floor and then mopping that will absorb dried-in liquid or food stains.
Additional services (Add-ons)
Not all cleaning services are needed on a regular basis, and these optional services or Add-ons can be requested for an additional fee whenever they are needed.
Services like oven cleaning, fridge cleaning, or window cleaning don’t need to happen on every visit, so you as the client can decide when it is the best time to add these services.
If you’re looking to clean your home, at Ana Cleaning Service, LLC., we’d love to help, we have a crew of trained and experienced professionals who are ready to get your home looking good as new.
As you have read, cleaning rates might be all over the place, but we offer competitive pricing and an extensive list of services, so you can get exactly what you want.
To learn more about our home cleaning services, please contact us today!