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How Much Should I Expect To Pay A Housekeeper?

Asked by BBSDTfamily (6834points) July 6th, 2009

Do housekeepers usually get paid hourly, or per job based on the size of the job? I want a housekeeper to come in twice a week and do basic sweeping, mopping, dusting, window cleaning, etc. Just wondering what the normal guidelines are so I don’t get taken advantage of.

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augustlan's avatar

For that type of service, it’s usually a set rate depending on how big your place is. I used to have Merry Maids come every two weeks, and it cost roughly $80 each time for a 2 bedroom/1 bath house. That didn’t include things like washing windows or cleaning inside the refrigerator/oven. They would charge extra for jobs like that. It was the best money I’ve ever spent. Oh, how I miss them. :(

BBSDTfamily's avatar

Does anyone know what a 4 bedroom 4 1/2 bath house would run?

augustlan's avatar

Oh, BTW… they charged us more because we weren’t weekly.

I think a lot of it would depend on where you live. I’d call a couple of services and also individuals to get rough estimates before having someone come out and give you an exact estimate.

YARNLADY's avatar

My service charges $12 per hour with a four hour minimum. For my 4 bed 2 bath house it usually takes two people about 5 hours, for a total of $120.00.

If I were to hire a regular weekly or bi-weekly, it would be one person for 5 hours, or $60 per visit.

basp's avatar

I just hired a housekeeping service. The first time, for a complete cleaning, three people came and worked about seven/eight hours and I paid $115. I plan to have them come every other week and, with a regular schedule, they will charge me $95 each time.
They charge more per time if you are not on a regular schedule.
I have three bedrooms and two baths. THey vacumed, dusted, mopped, cleaned the bathrooms, wiped down the appliances in the kitchen and cleaned the oven and stove top.

Best money I ever spent!

PandoraBoxx's avatar

I have four bedrooms, a bath and a half, four pets and lots of “stuff”- books, nicknacks, etc. I was quoted $175 for every other week.

Dorkgirl's avatar

I pay my housekeeper $20 an hour for 10 hours per month. She comes weekly and divides her time between the weeks. She dusts, mops, cleans bathroom & kitchen, does dishes if needed, etc. She’s independent and not part of a company. Most individual housekeepers in our city charge $15—$20 an hour.

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