Do you remember mowing lawns as a kid? How much did you get paid? I used to get a dollar. Maybe two. Ok, fine it was the 70’s. That two dollars could have probably filled up my gas tank.
We pay our kids between $10.00 and $20.00 for this chore, depending on whether or not they pick up after the dogs and rake the clippings, too. I figured we were being generous. Wrong! When I did some research on this, I found that this was the norm. I read forum after forum and found the going rate was anywhere from $10.00 “for an average sized lawn” to $20.00 (the average) all the way up to $50.00 every week. I was shocked.
We run into this sometimes, too. We go into a home and quote a price to scrub the kitchen sinks, dust the furniture, scrub the toilets and bathtubs or showers and vacuum. Sometimes, we never hear from these people again. Sometimes, we hear that we are over-priced. It happens. So, what is the going rate for a house cleaning or maid service?
The pricing depends on a lot of things; how big is the home? How many occupants does the home have? Are there pets in the home? How often is the home being cleaned? Is the cleaning going to be a one-time, deep cleaning or a scheduled recurring cleaning?
According to Costhelper.com, the average single story, seven room house would cost you between$95.00 – $300.00 for a one time cleaning or between $79.00 and $150.00 every other week. A two-story, nine room home would run between $149.00 – $400.00 for a one-time cleaning and between $104.00 to $180.00 bi-weekly. These same figures can be found at Buzzle.com.
But what are the intangibles? Is your home cleaner, healthier? Does it save you time, freeing you to do other things? If it gives you more time to spend with your family, can you put a price on that? Only you can say what the real value of such a service is.