In today’s fast-paced world, more and more homeowners are turning to cleaning services to help free up valuable time and keep their homes looking neat. National chains like Merry Maids and smaller, local companies are making it easier than ever to find and hire time-saving maid services. Here are some of the pros and cons of hiring a cleaning service:
We talked to homeowners about the advantages of hiring cleaning pros. Here are four ways hiring a cleaning service improved their lives:
Emergencies. Regular cleanings aren’t the only time maid services come in handy. When Sadie Sims, a pediatric nurse, moved into her new home, she didn’t have time for a thorough cleaning before the moving truck arrived. “We hired a maid service to come in and cover the bases for us,” Sims said. “They sent two employees who spent several hours scrubbing the home from top to bottom. I don’t know how we would have done it without them.”
Hiring a cleaning service may also come with some drawbacks:
Finding the Perfect Fit. “I used the same cleaning professional for nearly all of the 20 years I hired a maid service,” Enns said. Over time, Enns and her cleaning pro built trust and a mutual understanding that resulted in a spotless home.
Maid Service: Costs
The average cost to hire a maid service is $158. Maid services normally charge by the hour or square footage of your home. Per-hour costs generally fall between $25 and $35. Square footage charges will depend on the size of your house.
As always, talk to several cleaning companies in your area to compare prices. It’s also a good idea to check references. Interviewing past clients will ensure you get the cleaning service you deserve.