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Old 12-21-2012, 12:28 PM
 
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Just got a quote on my 3/2 1800 sq foot home for $100/month cleaning or $80 for twice a month, with the first 'deep' clean at $150 or if I spread the 'deep' clean out over multiple sessions, it would be $125. Cleaning would include floors, cleaning the stove/refrigerator/microwave, dusting furniture/blinds, cleaning ceiling fans (we have 9), and cleaning bathrooms.

Does this sound about right? Too much? Too little?
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Old 12-21-2012, 12:51 PM
 
Location: Houston, TX
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I paid $75 on an as needed basis, but that doesnt sound too bad.
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Old 12-21-2012, 01:14 PM
 
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Sounds about right, perhaps a bit on the normal to expensive. I had a lady that charged me $115 for a 2600 sq ft house biweekly. Her starting time was way too early so I don't user her any more. On my current home I have another person that charges me $80 weekly and we have almost 3900 sq ft, and she does laundry as well. I do know she has a another job with an elderly couple so perhaps her rate is lower due to this. She comes to the house at 3pm which is perfect for us.
Make sure that they are careful with your floors or tiles and use the appropriate products. I've heard horror stories of people using the wrong products and over time damaging the surfaces. I'd rather purchase all the products to use instead of them bringing their own.

Regardless, I always think this is one of the expenses that are definitely worth spending money on. Cheers to a clean home!
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Old 12-21-2012, 02:50 PM
 
Location: Houston (Memorial) and Western NC
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75 bucks a time for 4000+ sf house. Laundry and ironing included. She floats among family members 5 days a week...we fight over her. In at 8am, out by 2 pm. I dont think the woman stops the whole time. 0ver 20 years of great service.
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Old 12-21-2012, 03:07 PM
 
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There isn't a direct correlation between size and price, I have found. My old house was quite a bit larger and we paid about the same ($60 every two weeks, now for about 1600 sq ft including some laundry). We have friends who use the same person, and they pay a little more and have a lot more space. Economies of scale, I suppose.

Still, I wouldn't try and save $10 to switch to someone else. If you like and trust the person, that's huge in my book.
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Old 12-21-2012, 03:11 PM
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This sounds about right to me also.
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Old 12-21-2012, 06:30 PM
 
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Thanks all. I'm just interviewing cleaners now and this was my neighbor's cleaning lady so I asked her to stop by after taking care of his house. So no real attachment but I'm amazed to hear some of you are getting laundry done as well???
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Old 12-22-2012, 12:17 AM
 
Location: Texas
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I have a friend who has a 5,000sqft 2 story house, 5 bed, 4.5 bath, media, gameroom, study and both formals. She has hardwoods, tile, and carpet upstairs. She paid $300 for the initial deep clean. 3-4 ladies came and were there all day. Now she pays $130 for every other week. Or she can pay $200 for monthly cleanings.

I used the same ladies. I have a 3,000sqft 1 story house, 4bed, 3.5 bath, media room, study and formal dining. I have wood floors in 2 rooms, carpet in the bedrooms, and tile everywhere else. I have LOTS of tile! The charged me $280 for my initial deep clean. 3 ladies came and worked nonstop from 9am to 4:30pm. They charge me $150 for monthly cleanings. So $50 less than my friend with the huge house. I KNOW it's because of all the dang tile I have! I don't even want to clean it which is why I called them in the first place!
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Old 12-22-2012, 06:49 AM
 
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2000sf 3/2.5 house 80/biweekly including making beds and throwing laundry in..
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Old 12-22-2012, 07:31 PM
 
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3400 sq ft. Carpet upstairs, mostly hardwood downstairs with a little bit of tile. 2 dogs and a toddler. She has to deal with the dogs when she's here. We get the normal cleaning and laundry done (including bed linens), but no ironing.
Once every other week, shows up around 9am and gone probably around 2pm.
$100.
IMHO, this is getting into the high end of pricing, but I know I can trust her and that means a lot.
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