Ashburn, VA

Average House Cleaning Prices Range From
$80 – $150 ($20 /room)

The average cost for house cleaning for a 2 bedroom 2 bathroom home ranges from $80 to $150. An individual housecleaner is more likely to charge by the hour ($25–$40/hour) and cleans approx. 750 sqft per hour. A fairly good average to expect is $20 per room. Get free estimates from house cleaners near you.

House Cleaning Prices, Service Rates, & Costs

Author: Daniel W.
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House cleaning is not something that many people enjoy doing on their own, but our homes need to be kept organized and have some sense of order. Our living spaces are our sanctuaries. We go home to escape the stress of work life, and clutter and disorder there can make us feel stressed out and overwhelmed. We need a place that’s clean and comfortable where we can relax and unwind.

The professional cleaning industry is highly competitive and lucrative, because many people work long hours, and cleaning often becomes a problem that would be better off solved by professionals.

This level of competition makes it easier for consumers to get affordable pricing.

This pricing guide covers:

Types of Cleaning Services

There are several different types of cleaning services available, depending on your needs.

Standard cleaning for an apartment or home usually includes basic services like vacuuming, making beds, dusting, polishing, mopping, sweeping, etc.

Deep cleaning often includes standard cleaning as well as cleaning and polishing fixtures, cleaning windows, scrubbing sinks and tubs, cleaning grout and tile, etc.

Apartment cleaning/move-out prep is another form of cleaning that often gets overlooked until it’s the last day of your lease ... and you end up trying to do everything at the last minute to secure that deposit you paid when you moved in. This is probably the most dreaded form of cleaning, because it’s usually done when most people are already past the point of exhaustion from moving.

After party/event cleaning can be a hassle because it often follows a long and busy day, but it must be done, especially in a rented event space that’s often on a cleanup deadline.

Factors to Consider

Cleaning service providers look at many different parameters when it comes to assessing a job and how much they will charge the client. Things that are often considered in the cost of cleaning are the:

  1. Size of the dwelling (square footage)
  2. How many beds, baths, and rooms need cleaning
  3. The type of cleaning needed (standard, deep, move out, after party)
  4. Repeat service (will lower the cost by $5–$10 for each clean)

The price in any cleaning job will also take the following into consideration: supplies, effort, time, equipment, cleaning products, insurance/bonded/licensed, type of flooring, pets, clutter.

Different rates can be charged based on these factors, depending on the company’s policy. Some charge by the hour, while others charge based on the size of the residence.

As far as how many cleaners will show up, it varies from company to company. Often, cleaners work in teams of two and share the work and profits in order to make the job go faster and more efficiently. Sometimes an entire fleet gets hired, in larger companies, in order to keep up with customer demand.

Tackling an entire house alone can be a big undertaking, and it’s often done better when more than one person can assist in the process.

Costs & Prices

Most cleaning businesses want to be competitive while still remaining profitable.

Some cleaning companies operate on a larger scale or franchises—local, state, or nationwide—while others are privately owned and employ just a few people who work together in teams, potentially at a lower cost, depending on services offered and going rates in the area.

The going rate for cleaning a one bed/bath starts at about $60 and increases with each additional room.

An individual housecleaner is more likely to charge by the hour ($25–$40/hour) and cleans approx. 750 sqft per hour.

A team of two will double the price but, hopefully, halve the time taken. Additional services may add on an additional $15–$20 per room or per hour, depending on the service and time needed to complete the extra work.

Average Cleaning Service Rates

Bedrooms/Baths Average Cost
1 bed / 1 bath $50 - $110
1 bed / 2 bath $60 - $120
2 bed / 1 bath $60 - $120
2 bed / 2 bath $80 - $150
2 bed / 3 bath $90 - $190
3 bed / 2 bath $90 - $190
4 bed / 3 bath $140 - $300
A fairly good average to expect is $20 per room.

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Hourly rates are popular because the level of attention and detail needed varies from customer to customer. Some cleaning companies are charged a listing fee on the sites they advertise on, which is something that factors into the overall cost per job.

Things like gas, liability insurance, and the cost to acquire and maintain company vehicles also factor in when it comes to pricing out cleaning services.

Additional Expenses

  • Many cleaning services will offer to clean with eco-friendly products, which will add a little more to your cost, while others are happy to use your favorite cleaning supplies. Using yours can be a huge cost saving for you.
  • Some homes must, for health reasons, be allergy free zones. Companies like Sustainable Maids in Austin, TX, understand this. They say, “We only use steam, and natural, biodegradable, green-certified products and cleaning techniques that work just as well or even better than regular cleaning products. We also use HEPA filtration vacuums to cut down allergens in the home and help with air quality.”
  • Many cleaning services will charge you a fee if you don’t notify them of a cancellation in time.
  • House cleaning companies will charge an additional 20%–30% on their base costs to cover overhead and pay the owner’s salary, so while they may be more reliable, a private house cleaner can cost a good bit less and can often be more flexible.
  • Your location will dictate the hourly rate significantly, especially if you live in a city with a high cost of living.

Alternatively, some cleaners will charge less if you have rooms you don’t use much and only need them cleaned every few months.

Briitos Maids Services in Olney, MD, says, “If you want us to skip a certain room, we do it. If you want a special service, just let us know. If you want to change your cleaning routine, simply call our office. We'll take care of it.”

Extra Services Offered

Depending on the knowledge base, experience, and ability of professional cleaners, some may offer additional services to their customers as a convenience, and also as a way to gain an edge over their competitors in the market.

Some may offer additional services outside of the norm—things like ironing, laundry, picking up and dropping off dry cleaning, running errands, and other basic things like watering plants or checking on animals when a client is out of town.

Some even go further by offering carpet shampooing, pet cleanup, cabinet cleaning, or garage organizing.

More unusual services include those of Stornsja’s Room In A Box Llc & Keep It Spotless Cleaning in Riverview, FL, who will deep clean your home and also stage it with home decor and furniture to help you sell it faster.

How To Save

There are things you can do to help defend your home against dirt and clutter, thereby negating the need for a biweekly service and possibly making it a bimonthly one instead.

One thing that many people have difficulty with when it comes to cleaning is the day-to-day clutter that can develop quickly. Below are some things you can do to address the mess in between cleanings.

  1. Sign up for FlyLady—a site full of great tips for keeping the house clean by forming a daily routine of activities which include swishing toilets, doing 5-minute cleanups, and always keeping your sink shiny.
  2. At the end of each week, set aside a time to take inventory of papers, mail, school handouts, newspapers, and other things to see what actually needs to be kept and what can be thrown away or recycled. Make one pile for each, and get everyone in the household involved in the weekly purge so that there will be less clutter overall in the house.
  3. Clean out backpacks and schoolbags every Sunday night after completion of homework and projects. This will help to get rid of unnecessary clutter so that kids can get a fresh start each Monday with a clean book bag. This might also be a good time to clean out your own work bag or briefcase.
  4. Get organized. There are many different types of containers and organizational products made especially for filing projects away and for scanning receipts, business cards, bills, etc. There are also several apps like CamCard that are great for organizing data.
  5. When it comes to documents, Dropbox can be especially helpful for organizing, along with the Adobe Scan app that lets you scan your own documents with your phone and save them in PDF form.
  6. Closet organizing has become more popular over the past several years, and now there are companies like California Closets and The Container Store which both offer closet organizational services. Even some smaller organizational businesses have popped up to help clients keep their possessions more organized.
  7. Do a refrigerator clean out once a week. This is something that many of us should do but often don’t. Cleaning out the fridge frees up bowls and other containers and makes room for fresher food. Take inventory each week of which produce and leftovers are still good and which ones need to be thrown out.

These are just some examples of practical ideas for cleaning and decluttering your home, which will ultimately create less stress for you, making the actual cleaning process seem much less intimidating and also save money, even in the event that you need to hire cleaning help.

You’ll create a more comfortable space for you and your family, which will make home sweet home seem even sweeter.

Tips for Hiring a Cleaning Service

You need to be choosy when it comes to hiring the perfect cleaning business to take care of your home. Just as people interview for many different kinds of jobs, it’s important for those seeking professional services to also interview and get to know a company before hiring them for services that take place in the home.

  • Safety - First and foremost, your own personal safety, possessions, and pets are the most important things. Just like with any other professional service done in the home, cleaning should only be done by trusted professionals.
  • Reviews - Occasionally hiring a friend or relative to do the job will work in a pinch, but you should only hire those who have strong reviews from HomeGuide, the BBB, Yelp, etc.
  • The longer the company has been in business, the better the service usually is, because they are committed to maintaining their great reviews and providing good customer service.
  • Bonding, licensing, and insurance - Accidents and injuries can happen on the job, and this is to ensure that your home and belongings, as well as the cleaners, are covered in case of theft or physical injuries.
  • Conducting interviews - It’s important to place a call or in-person interview early in the process when you are first comparing different cleaning companies in order to get a feel for their business and offerings. Also take note of their degree of professionalism and demeanor on the phone.
  • Questions to consider: Do they seem organized? Confident? Are they prompt with their responses? Do you get a good feeling about them after the conversation?
  • Cost comparison - Since some companies charge based on room/house size rather than a flat hourly rate, you want to be able to get a realistic idea of what your cost for cleaning might be. A written estimate or contract agreement with pricing and time should be drawn up in order to make sure that there are no misunderstandings after the work is done.
  • It might also be possible to negotiate a lower rate if the services are more customized. Some of the things that can be cleaned ourselves may best be done that way, leaving the more difficult cleaning tasks to be outsourced to save time and money.
  • House insurance - Even though most companies will require all employees to undergo a background check, it’s still a good idea to make sure that your renter’s or homeowner’s insurance is up to date and that all of your belongings are listed on your policy, should any theft occur.

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