What's average pay for housecleaning?

What's average pay for housecleaning?

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Karen

Elizabethtown, KY

#1 Aug 27, 2011
Can someone please tell me what the average rate of pay is for general housecleaning? I was thinking I'd probably be paying by the job not by the hour. Does anyone do cleaning or know what I can expect to pay? I've not lived around here for awhile. I know the rates won't be as much as the bigger cities, but I'd like to know what they are for here.
dog eat dog

Brownsville, TN

#2 Aug 27, 2011
$10.00 an hour
Karen

Elizabethtown, KY

#3 Aug 27, 2011
dog eat dog wrote:
$10.00 an hour
Wouldn't they make more to be paid by the job? Instead of by the hour.
in need

Somerset, KY

#4 Aug 27, 2011
Im in need of a house cleaner, couple days a week too!! ;-)

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#5 Aug 27, 2011
Most house keepers will not work by the hour. By the job instead. An already kept house approx. 2500 sq. Feet should run about $75.00 and take two/three hoursif cleaned properly.
Karen

Elizabethtown, KY

#6 Aug 28, 2011
Farm girl 64 wrote:
Most house keepers will not work by the hour. By the job instead. An already kept house approx. 2500 sq. Feet should run about $75.00 and take two/three hoursif cleaned properly.
Thanks for your reply. That actually sounds a little expensive, have you done housecleaning? Or paid for it? Gee, that's 25 an hour for 3 hrs., or 37.50 for 2 hours. Interesting. I know it's not that much in one of the most expensive places to live in another state. Why so high here in Somerset? Any idea? Glad for the info.
Cindi

Somerset, KY

#7 Aug 28, 2011
At ten dollars an hour, you can expect to have the living room furniture moved for proper vacuuming once a week, have the base boards wiped off properly, window sills etc. You are paying for the stuff you can't or don't want to do. There is no reason why you can't negotiate the fee. I am disabled, keep my place picked up and the kitchen/bathroom wiped down daily. When I told the gal who comes in once a week what I needed her for, we agreed on a price we could both live with.
Karen

Elizabethtown, KY

#8 Aug 28, 2011
Cindi wrote:
At ten dollars an hour, you can expect to have the living room furniture moved for proper vacuuming once a week, have the base boards wiped off properly, window sills etc. You are paying for the stuff you can't or don't want to do. There is no reason why you can't negotiate the fee. I am disabled, keep my place picked up and the kitchen/bathroom wiped down daily. When I told the gal who comes in once a week what I needed her for, we agreed on a price we could both live with.
Thanks Cindi, good insight into what should be done. I have a bad back & while I can pick up clutter & do lots of the little stuff, I'd like someone to clean my hardwood floors, baseboards occasionally, dust where I can't, clean bathrooms (though they're not bad), & clean under stuff I can't lift or move. Maybe help with windows occasionally. My house is pretty big but the main areas would be of most concern.
HelloWorld

United States

#9 Aug 29, 2011
I work full time but would love to find a job a day or two a week. I am a hard worker, dependable, and honest. If you want house or office cleaning done please email me. My email is [email protected]
Cindi

Somerset, KY

#10 Aug 30, 2011
Karen wrote:
<quoted text> Thanks Cindi, good insight into what should be done. I have a bad back & while I can pick up clutter & do lots of the little stuff, I'd like someone to clean my hardwood floors, baseboards occasionally, dust where I can't, clean bathrooms (though they're not bad), & clean under stuff I can't lift or move. Maybe help with windows occasionally. My house is pretty big but the main areas would be of most concern.


If you get set up with a person who comes in once a week and you negotiate, let her know that your needs will change from week to week. One week you may need her to focus on deep cleaning the kitchen, ie cleaning out the fridge, straighten out the lower cupboards etc. With a bad back, you can often do basic straightening but you need help with that deep cleaning. Cleaning out the fridge and lower cupboards would most likely put me in the ER. One day, my "angel" spent the entire time organizing my closets for me. Good luck.
Lesson Learned

Bolivar, MO

#11 Aug 30, 2011
I would well be worth hiring someone if you got behind to get your house back together. I have found myself fighting to get my house straightened up every week after my son's friend have spend the weekend. But that has been cut down. Still with a big house and several members in it, it is a constant battle. Well worth having someone come in at 10.00 an hour. 75.00 is too much.
Karen

Elizabethtown, KY

#12 Aug 31, 2011
Cindi wrote:
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If you get set up with a person who comes in once a week and you negotiate, let her know that your needs will change from week to week. One week you may need her to focus on deep cleaning the kitchen, ie cleaning out the fridge, straighten out the lower cupboards etc. With a bad back, you can often do basic straightening but you need help with that deep cleaning. Cleaning out the fridge and lower cupboards would most likely put me in the ER. One day, my "angel" spent the entire time organizing my closets for me. Good luck.
Thanks again! I'll do that & try to be clear on what i'll need. I'm pretty easy going & will work with who I hire around days that work for them. I just want a clean clean house. That's all. And now i'm behind on getting it done. So I got to find somebody soon but have some prospects. Just needed to hear about the average pay etc. & what I should expect. Been awhile since I had to start from scratch & in a new area, you just never know. Better to ask around. You been great. Thanks!
Cindi

Somerset, KY

#13 Aug 31, 2011
Good Luck
Esb

Crothersville, IN

#14 Feb 27, 2013
I started at $10/hr, but have raised to $15. Am seriously thinking of going up more. Me & my partner take 3-4 hours to clean a house once a month. There's no way you can do a good job in 3 hours by yourself on 3 bedroom unless it's a hick & a lick & a promise. The time consuming area is kitchen & baths.
Esb

Crothersville, IN

#15 Feb 27, 2013
Farm girl 64 wrote:
Most house keepers will not work by the hour. By the job instead. An already kept house approx. 2500 sq. Feet should run about $75.00 and take two/three hoursif cleaned properly.
What I have found is what most people considered kept is not what I consider kept.
needed

Somerset, KY

#16 Mar 3, 2013
I just emailed you about cleaning.
HelloWorld wrote:
I work full time but would love to find a job a day or two a week. I am a hard worker, dependable, and honest. If you want house or office cleaning done please email me. My email is [email protected]
Cristy

New York, NY

#17 Mar 3, 2013
The 2 people that I know that are housekeepers charge 80-100 per week, depending on the size of the house and what needs to be done. They are at the houses 4-6 hours.
Grand Master

Columbia, MO

#20 Sep 1, 2013
I pay my housekeeper $10 an hour - and pay for 4 hours every week. The housekeeper does everything that needs doing -4 hours is plenty of time do what needs doing.

Housekeeping is unskilled work - I provide all materials and equipment - I employ mostly college kids - most don't last more than a year - but I can always find a replacement - I do give a Christmas bonus.

I have never known one of my employees to buy a book on organizing or mention reading blogs on household hints to improved their work. It is what it is - and $10.00 hour is plenty. Pay by the job in most cases in my opinion is a mistake if you are going to use someone regularly.

I have liked my housekeepers. As a nurse I know about hard work. I judge what I pay on my own wage. I can't help it if some housekeepers,handy-men or repair men, want per hour what I make as a decreed - licensed medical professional - not going to happen at my house.
Liz

Albuquerque, NM

#21 Oct 9, 2013
I charge $25 per hour for maintenance but I am NOT molly maids. You could expect $10 per hour to "fluff and puff" which is what most of those services do. For "custom" cleaning like I do (basically to clean someone else's house like you wold clean your own) you can charge $25 per hour and people are happy to pay.
MommaG

Somerset, KY

#22 Oct 9, 2013
I have 1 house I clean right now for an elderly couple with cats that pee on everything! Its $100 a week, twice a month. That is doing everything including laundry & dishes. Takes 4-5 hours.

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