Most of us are not blessed or fortunate enough to have full time housekeepers or cleaning services. However, many people find it a necessity if they work full time, have small children or value what little free time they have and just work it into their budgets somehow. Back when my kids were in grammar school and into middle school, I was lucky enough to have a “maid”. She only came 1/2 day a week and I had to pick her up before I went to work and then run home at lunch and take her back to her house. At the time, I considered it necessity as I worked full time and was very involved with my kids’ extra curricular activities, and I got tired of spending nights and weekends cleaning and yelling at my kids to help. My (now ex-)husband worked about 70 hours a week and while he helped when he could, it just wasn’t enough. Thus, I lucked out and got some help. At first, she was fantastic! I’d come home to a fresh smelling home, all sparkling and shiny. Sometimes she’d even start my supper for me! As time went on, things didn’t go as well….she got lazy and I’d have to actually go behind her to clean. Toward the end I had her doing only the ironing…and that just didn’t cut it with me. When she moved across town that was my excuse to not continue our working relationship any further. I “shared” her with another girl at work and found out that one day my friend caught our housecleaner asleep on her bed!
Just recently when my mom’s house became vacant, I needed to have her house thoroughly cleaned. Granted, it was empty, but it needed a lot of TLC. A friend referred someone to me that did professional housecleaning. I contacted the woman and we came to an agreement on her cleaning my mom’s house. It’s not a very big house but she was over there about 8 hours and only charged me $150! She did a great job too! So when my knee situation came up, I called her to come over to my house to give me a quote on helping me clean my laundry room. My laundry room is very tiny and I told the cleaning lady I was going to help out and do a lot of the work along side her plus I’d do all the cleanup….i.e. vacuuming, steam cleaning the floor and cleaning behind the washer and dryer. I mainly wanted her to help me remove all the canned goods out of there which are on a huge baker’s rack and empty the room. Was I shocked when she said it would be $200! Maybe I’m a little naive but I thought with me helping and actually doing more of the work, and based on how little she charged for my mom’s house, I was expecting around $100 or less. I guess she could see the shock on my face because she started to say maybe we could work something out. I told her I’d get back with her and that’s been over a month….I’m not going to call her back. Do you think that sounds reasonable ($200) or would you be upset at that price too?
So, if you have a cleaning lady or cleaning service, what do you think the going rate would be for a small, small room that you wanted cleaned out but the “owner” was going to do as much work, maybe more, as the cleaning help?