Cleaning: How Much Should You Pay?

With all the hassles of the holiday season, cleanup may be the last thing you want to deal with. And hiring a professional cleaning service may sound like a luxury you can’t afford. But it may cost less than you think. And when it leaves you more time to spend with your family or relax after the holidays, the benefits of hiring a professional may outweigh the costs.

These seven cleaning services will cost you less than $225, on average, according to HomeAdvisor’s True Cost Guide:

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1. Housecleaning: $165

A housekeeper or maid service can remove a lot of weight from your shoulders. On average, professional cleaners cost between $50 and $90 per hour, and you can hire them for anything from a quick touch-up around the house to a deep clean that scrubs out every nook and cranny. You’ll frequently get a discount when hiring cleaners for regular return engagements.

2. Carpet cleaning: $174

After all the traffic from holiday guests, your carpets probably took a beating. A good carpet cleaner can have them spotless and looking like new. The cost varies depending on square footage, the type of carpet and the extent of soil you’re trying to eliminate. Steam cleaning is the most recommended type of carpet cleaning because it keeps your warranty intact.

3. Dryer vent cleaning: $132

You might overlook the dryer vent, but it’s an important area to keep clean. Debris and lint buildup can clog your dryer vent, leading to poor performance from your dryer or even causing a fire hazard. A professional dryer exhaust technician can inspect your vents and perform a thorough cleaning, giving you peace of mind.

4. Gutter cleaning: $154

Don’t forget to give your gutters and downspouts a good cleaning at least twice a year. Experts recommend you do so at the start of every season, especially if you have a large number of nearby trees or overhanging branches. Clogged gutters can lead to leaks, ice dams, damaged gutters and even foundation problems or leaking basements as the overflow soaks straight into your foundation. Cleaning the gutters on a single-story home tends to cost less, while additional stories that require tall ladders will tack on more expense.

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5. Window cleaning: $210

Hire a pro to squeegee your windows to a perfect shine either before or after the holidays. Window cleaning can be a dangerous job, involving much time on ladders and with safety equipment, so make doubly sure anyone you hire is licensed, bonded and insured. The more windows you have and the taller your house, the more you can expect to pay. It’s worth noting: Window cleaners often do double duty as outdoor holiday decoration installers and removers. So, if you’re looking for help on that front, ask. After all, they’re already up there!

6. Furniture cleaning: $160

Regular professional cleaning can lengthen the lifespan of your upholstery, reducing wear and tear and holding off the need for expensive reupholstering and repairs. Furniture can be delicate, and different materials require specialized cleaning processes, so it’s important to hire a reputable pro for this work. More and larger pieces of furniture will result in higher costs.

7. Chimney cleaning: $224

If you use a fireplace, regular chimney cleaning is mandatory to avoid chimney fires, carbon monoxide buildup and lack of airflow. A good chimney sweep will use a variety of tools to break up the ash and carbon residue and clear it out of your chimney, both inside and outside. If you haven’t had your chimney swept in years, expect to pay a higher rate, as the thicker buildup will take longer to remove.

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