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If your life is becoming increasingly busy, it can seem daunting to find the time to give your home the thorough cleaning it needs. Hiring a professional house cleaner to handle tasks around your home can help to free up your schedule and leave you one less thing to worry about getting done.
Here’s everything you need to know about house cleaning services to help you decide whether to hire one.
House cleaners can be an individual or a team that comes to your home to clean throughout the rooms. They can provide a one-off spring clean or return on a regular basis to keep your house shiny and tidy. House cleaners generally charge an hourly or fixed rate.
Hiring a house cleaner has several advantages over doing it yourself. Getting your house cleaned regularly can give you more time to tackle other tasks or enjoy some downtime. An added benefit is that a professional service will clean your home more thoroughly than you might be able to do.
If you’re preparing for a special occasion like a dinner party, doing a spring clean, or renting out your home, for example with Airbnb, you might choose to get a cleaner to come in and do it for you. If you’re moving out of a rental property, a house cleaner can handle the end of lease clean to reduce the hassle.
A basic house cleaning service includes:
You might also agree with the cleaner that they will do laundry, change bed linens and fold clothes. Other services like cleaning the windows, cupboards, oven, fridge, and carpets typically incur additional costs.
The cost of a house cleaner depends on the size of your home, the type of cleaning you want them to do and how long it will take. Prices generally start around $50 per hour for a small studio apartment to around $150 per hour for a large house.
As with the cost, the length of time it will take to clean your home will depend on how many rooms you want to have cleaned, the tasks you want the cleaner to do and whether the cleaning will be done on a weekday or weekend. Light cleaning of a small apartment might take an hour or two, cleaning a house could take around four hours, while a deeper clean of a larger house can take a full day.
You might want to get a deep clean of your home if you’re having a spring clean, renting out the property or ending a rental lease. A deep house clean at regular intervals will make it easier to maintain with regular housework and will make the end of lease clean easier.
House cleaners will clean the floor, surfaces and fixtures in your bathroom. Regular cleaning of the shower, bathtub and toilet will help limit the build-up of stains and limescale.
House cleaners will clean the floor, surfaces, fixtures and the outside of appliances in the kitchen. They will provide additional services like cleaning the oven, fridge/freezer and inside cupboards at additional cost.
You might choose to hire a cleaner for a one-off deep clean, a monthly or quarterly top-up to maintain the condition of your home, or a weekly clean to cover your housework tasks. How often you choose to hire a cleaner will depend on your lifestyle and budget.
You don’t necessarily need to be home during the cleaning service, in fact, it might be more convenient for you and the cleaner if you’re not there. You can choose to be there to let the cleaner in and then leave, or you can provide a spare set of keys so that they can come when you’re not home.
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