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Maid Service Cost

The average maid service cost is $168, though homeowners could spend anywhere between $116 and $235 for their services. Typically, cleaning service charges are either by the hour or square footage. Per hour costs are between $40 and $80 per cleaner. Square footage charges depend on the size of your house. For example, an area less than 1,000 square feet averages $90 while 3,000 square feet or more could cost $250.

maid services cost $40 to $80 per cleaner

Maid services generally charge flat rates for a cleaning. However, they sometimes charge $0.07 to $0.15 per square foot. You might also get flat fees of $30 to $60 per room or $100 to $300 for most homes. Costs range depending on a few factors, including:

  • Location: Labor costs and overhead can double or triple between areas.
  • Type of cleaning: Regular, one time, move out or deep cleaning. The messier it is, the more it’ll cost.
  • Company or freelance: You’ll generally pay slightly less for independent contractors.

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Typical Range $116 - $235
Low End - High End $65 - $350

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How Much is a Maid?

Maid services often run $100 to $300 for a 1.5 to 3 hour cleaning. How often you have a maid service come to your house depends on your needs and your schedule. You may only need a little help once in awhile to keep the mess from getting away from you or your schedule is so full you need weekly visits. Here is an idea of what the various schedules for housekeepers are:

Maid Services Costs
Type of ScheduleCost
Live In$30,000-$60,000 annually
Full Time$1,200-$2,500 per month
Weekly$75-$200 per visit
Monthly$100-$250 per visit
One Time$125-$300 per visit
Square Feet$0.07-$0.15 per square foot
Hourly$40-$80 per hour

Weekly and bi-weekly visits are not only more cost effective, they're also healthier. A routine cleaning of your home reduces allergens, bacteria, and other health concerns for your family. A weekly visit can save $5 to $10 per visit on maid services for cleaning, not including what you'll save if you don't have to buy your own cleaning products.

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How Much Does a Live-In Maid Cost?

Live in maids cost anywhere from $30,000 to $60,000 per year plus room and board. They typically have the most expansive job duties over any other type. You’ll have to negotiate responsibilities on a case by case basis, but they might include:

  • Cooking
  • Cleaning
  • Laundry
  • Child Care
  • Errands & Grocery Shopping

How Much Does a Full-Time Maid Cost?

A full time maid costs anywhere from $1,200 to $2,500 a month, depending on what duties you assign and where you live. Full-time situations differ from one off services as the scope of the job is usually more expansive. You might have a full time maid clean, cook, run errands and even help with the children.

Monthly Maid Service Cost

Monthly maid services cost anywhere from $125 to $300 and includes a slightly deeper cleaning than weekly services. While more costly for the visit than a weekly schedule, it’s suited to people who don't entertain a lot or have a slightly more relaxed schedule.

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Weekly & Bi-Weekly Maid Service Cost

  • Weekly: $75-$200. Ideal for busy professionals and families with multiple children or those with social obligations.
  • Bi-weekly: $100-$250. The most popular schedule for most homes, this keeps all the major cleaning done. It's ideal for someone who is busy, but not overloaded with work or social commitments.

The more often they come, the less each visit costs. Also, with regularly scheduled visits, the maid service also provides the chemicals, so that you don't have to buy them (unless you require certain products due to allergies, environmental concerns, etc.)

One Time Maid Service Cost

One time maid services cost anywhere from $125 to $300 for the visit for the average home. Homes exceeding 4,000 square feet or those needing extreme cleaning may double that price.

One time services include:

  • Before and after events.
  • Moving out or in.
  • Annual deep clean.

Maid Service Cost Per Hour

Maid services charge $40 to $80 per hour per worker. Most services send two maids to work together, so expect a job to take anywhere from 1.5 to 3 hours and cost $50 to $360 total.

Maid Services by Square Foot

You’ll spend anywhere from $0.07 to $0.15 square feet for most jobs. On some work, like a deep clean for a move out, you might spend closer to $0.20 or more per square foot. Your location and what types of work you need done play the biggest role in pricing. Most maid services come to your home, inspect it and give you a personalized quote. But for general ranges, you can estimate your costs with the following table.

Maid Service Costs Per Square Foot
Square FeetCost Range
<1,000$50-$200
1,001-2,000$75-$300
2,001-3,000$140-$450
3,001+$210-$600+
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Maid Pricing Per Room

RoomCost Range
Kitchen$40-$80
Full Bath$35-$60
Half Bath$20-$30
Bedroom$30-$40
Living Room$30-$40
Dining Room$30-$60
Home Office$20-$30
Halls/Stairs$15-$30

Naturally, a whole house cleaning will cost more than the typical maid service. As a baseline idea of what to expect to pay, here is an example of some prices for a deep cleaning based on rooms. Remember that the prices reflect an average and could change depending on the size of the room, fixtures, appliances, etc.

The below chart shows about what you can expect to pay per service. However, many of these require bundling together – don’t expect to get just your stairs cleaned.

Maid Service Pricing List

ServiceAverage Fee Range
Window Cleaning$4-$10 a window and $3 a screen
Refrigerator$20-$80
Oven Cleaning$20-$50
Move-In/Move-Out$200-$400
Carpet Shampoo$75-$200 or $0.15-$0.30 per square foot
Cleaning the Fridge$10–$40
Polishing or Waxing Floors$25-$50
Changing Bedsheets$10-$20 per bed
Wash and Dry Laundry$5-$20 per load
Dusting Blinds$10-$30
Polish Wood Surfaces$20-$40
Cleaning Interior of Cabinets$20-$50
Baseboard Cleaning$25-$75

Maid services generally let you know what they do offer and what they don’t. Many refuse to clean anything outside of arms reach and won’t clean outside the home while others will. It’s best to call multiple services and get multiple home visits and quotes before settling on a professional.

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Average Cost of Maid Service

Average cost for a maid service is $100 to $300. It generally includes standard cleaning. It often takes 1.5 to 3 hours with two maids working together.

How Much Do Maids Charge to Clean a House?

Cleaning an entire house costs $200 to $500 on average. Whole house cleaning goes above and beyond simply dusting, vacuuming and scrubbing. This kind of service is normally used to prepare a home for viewing by potential buyers, post-construction clean-up, or for cleaning up extreme cases such as might be seen with a "hoarder." It includes cleaning some or all of the following:

  • Lighting fixtures
  • Switches & outlets
  • Baseboards
  • Air duct grilles
  • Tiles
  • Grout
  • Upholstery
  • Carpet cleaning
  • Trim
  • Crown molding

Looking for advice on how to price your own maid services? Check out our cleaning service charging guide.

Maid Service Price Factors

  • Number and type of rooms. The more rooms you have the more expensive it’ll be. By counting bedrooms, maid services can get an idea of the occupancy and usage of your home. Bathrooms require the harshest cleaners and require more time than low use rooms like bedrooms, living rooms and offices.
  • Allergies and chemical sensitiveness can also cost you a bit more by requiring hard to find or expensive cleaners. Discuss this with your cleaner prior to hiring them.
  • If you have valuable items, such as fine art or musical instruments, discuss how and if the maid needs to clean these. Also ask if the service carries insurance.
  • Pets tend to take more time to clean after and require more equipment, generally increasing the price. Ask your maid service if this comes as part of the price or runs extra.
  • Tall ceiling fans and multiple stories mean more time spent moving equipment and cleaning hard to reach areas. Many maid services only offer pricing for easily accessible (reachable at arms length only) pricing. This may increase your bill.
  • Decide between standard and eco-friendly cleaners. Think about the products that you want to use in your home. Many people prefer environmentally-friendly, non-toxic products. If this is what you want, you need to be clear about this from the start.
Environmentally Responsible vs. Standard Cleaner Costs
CleanerStandardGreen
Window$3$6
Carpet$4$6
Floor$15$20
Soap$2$4
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Independent Operators vs. Companies

There are many maid services to choose from. They range from individual people looking for extra income to full-fledged corporations with nationwide services. Which one you choose depends entirely on your personal preferences.

  • Independent operators: $12-$25 an hour. As independents, you can sometimes negotiate an acceptable rate. Few, if any, will require a contract, and changes to your cleaning schedule are usually not a problem.
  • Maid service companies: $25-$80 per hour. Many require contracts and may or may not be able to accommodate last-minute schedule changes. However, maid service companies have better dependability.

Maid Service Near Me Prices

Dallas, TX$120-$220
Atlanta, GA$125-$235
Los Angeles, CA$115-$220
New York, NY$115-$235
Chicago, Il$90-$185
Denver, CO$115-$225
Seattle, WA$120-$240
San Francisco, CA$125-$235
Miami, FL$90-$180

DIY Cleaning vs. Hire a Pro

There’s nothing wrong with DIY cleaning if you have the time to do it and the attention to detail a professional has. Cleaning isn’t a highly skilled project, it’s just time consuming to keep up on all the deep cleaning projects around your home. The minute you clean one room, the next needs it again.

Hiring a pro on a weekly or bi-weekly basis lets you do the daily chores, like dishes, and leaves the bigger stuff to a professional. This frees up your time to spend with the family, socializing or focusing on your professional life. Find more time and keep your home clean and sanitized by hiring a local maid service today.

FAQs

How much does it cost to have someone deep clean your house?

Deep cleaning costs $200 to $500 on average. Although add on services might boost that price up to $700 or more.

What should I expect from a maid service?

What you can expect from a maid service is a tailored experience for your needs, lifestyle and home. You can get any number of services, including vacuuming, dusting, sanitizing, general cleaning, laundry and mopping.

What’s the difference between a maid and housekeeper?

Housekeepers cost about the same as maids, or $75 to $175 on average. In most places, there are few practical differences between a maid an a housekeeper beside the name.

However, in some areas you might identify a maid as someone supplied by a cleaning service, such as Merry Maids, and a housekeeper as someone hired directly by the homeowners. In other areas, the differences might come down to duties, with a maid doing general cleaning while a housekeeper helps with other chores like dishes, cooking and shopping.

Should I hire a weekly or monthly maid service?

Hire a maid service per month or per week depending on your ability to clean and your budget.

How much does Merry Maids charge per hour?

Merry maids doesn’t charge per hour, they charge per home. They also have custom pricing, but generally falls within the $100 to $300 typical cost.

How much does Molly Maid cost?

Molly maids costs fall within the general range of maid services or $100 to $300. However, they customize each job and it might fall outside that range, depending on your needs.

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