per hour? I have a new gal doing my apartment today and needless to say with being sick it hasn't had a deep clean since sometime in January. How much would you say I should pay her per hour? She doesn't speak English ANy ideas?
I used to clean houses with a company to save up $ for college. We based pay on the size of the house and the duties. For example, windows, dishes, and washing sheets (my least fav) were extra. Is your apartment like a big loft or a standard size apartment?
Back when I was married, we had a housekeeper come in once a month. This was 5 or 6 years ago and I paid $75 for her to clean a 3br 2bath house (basic stuff.....counters, floors,dust, etc...). She was there around 3-4 hours. I would say around $50-$60 total. Personally I wouldn't pay by the hour, but by the job. If it's by the hour she could dawldle just to get more money. But, that's just me.
If she's going to do standard cleaning: baseboards, vaccuuming, dusting (ceiling fans too), kitchen, and bathroom I think anwhere from $35-50 would be sufficient. You may pay her extra for a 'first time' cleaning, then less for her weekly or biweekly visits. Our 'first time' cleanings were usually the hardest!
She probably has a standard fee if this is something she does. I hope this helps.
I have them clean my house once a month. It's $123 for a 2 bed/2 bath apartment. It would be $98 each time if they came twice a month and or $85 per week. I tried to look for a cheaper company but I would only save maybe $10. I decided on Merry Maids because it's a company I feel I could trust since there such a large corporation. It's very expensive though. I'm not sure how much longer I'll continue. It's soooo nice though when you come home to a spotless house and you didn't do any of the work. I just do light cleaning the rest of the month.
i wish my house were "clean enough" to start a housekeeper---it would probably be a $1,000 first-time cleaning! yikes!
*definitely the first time, i'd pay more. $50? and then $30 after?
here's what i know---most housecleaners will tell you what they charge--depending on time, usually--$X per hour. if you say i have $X to spend each month/week, some cleaners will tell you what they'll do.
if you have the cleaner come once a week, it will be cheaper than what they'll have you pay to come one every 2 weeks or once a month. (well, you'll pay more, but it will be less each time--does that make sense?)
wow! $20 an hour sounds pretty cheap!
i would never use Merry Maids after reading Nickel and Dimed (book a gal wrote after spending about a year trying to make a living as an "unskilled laborer"--she works at walmart, merry maids, and other places trying to get by---she did this years before the McDonald's 30-day guy did his experiment. (she found out that she couldn't do it.) also, she paints a pretty dirty picture of MM's.
I think it depends on the area in which you live. I have had 2 different housekeepers and each one had an hourly charge BUT they also gave an estimate of how many hours it would take to clean your home/apt.
My current lady charges us $20 per hour for 3 hours. The more often she does it, the less time it takes her so she will throw in some added duties each time. I know that she charges some people $25 per hour if they have a lot of knick-knacks (i.e. clutter) because it is more work for her.
You should check with people who live around you to see what they are paying.
A negative thing I have found with cleaning services such as Merry Maids is that they can't guarantee that the same team or even one of the people will be cleaning your house each time.