Is a cleaning service worth it? That’s something many people ask themselves when considering hiring a maid. The question is personal, so here are some ways to approach the decision.
Average Cost of Cleaning a House
House cleaning costs average $25 to $50 per hour, depending on where you live and availability of cleaners. In some instances, this covers the cost of cleaning supplies. Other times, you are expected to provide the cleaning supplies on top of the fee for house cleaning.
Instead of thinking about what it would cost to keep your home clean, think about how much time it would free up if you didn’t have to clean. How much is that time worth to you? That’s the figure to compare to evaluate home cleaning costs.
Cleaning agencies tend to have higher costs than small firms. If you’re looking to save money, seek out smaller independent companies or freelance cleaners who can do the job for less. An independent maid is often a good choice because that person gets to keep 100 percent of the money. When you are paying a cleaning company, only a percentage of the money goes to the cleaners who do the work.
Should You Hire A Cleaner?
Again, it’s really up to you. If you are struggling to pay your bills and don’t have anything extra at the end of the month, then you should hold off on hiring a cleaner until your financial situation improves.
On the other hand, if you have extra money, then it may be worthwhile financially because of the extra free time you will have when you outsource cleaning. This is what economists call “opportunity costs.”
Consider how skilled of a cleaner you are. If there are tasks you do not do well, the home may not look very clean even if you spent two hours scrubbing. Paying someone else to do the work can be worth it if you are confident in their cleaning abilities.
For some people, a hybrid approach works best. It might be worth it financially to have someone clean monthly, then keep up with the maintenance in between visits on your own.
If you’re wondering whether it’s worth it to hire house cleaners, the best way to decide is to get a quote from a local cleaning company. For a free home cleaning estimate, contact us today.