Paying a Cleaning Person

How much would I pay a person to clean my kitchen, dining room, living room and 1.5 bathrooms once a week? I want them to dust, vacuum, clean the sliding door window, clean the entire bathrooms, mop floors, counters wiped down and cabinets wiped down in the kitchen.

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By Dolphinqueen from Evansville, IN

April 10, 20090 found this helpful

I suggest at least min wage, good luck.

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April 10, 20090 found this helpful

Most part-time housecleaners are paid by the hour and not by the chore. If you choose a professional cleaning business to get someone from their cleaning service to come to your home I would think it would cost more than if you got someone who is looking for this kind of part-time work. Just be sure to do background checks. Prices really vary according to what cleaning experiences the person you are considering to hire charges. $10.00 an hour to me is a fair price if you are furnishing all the cleaning supplies, but then consider the skill level of experience.

A lot of people would love to have a second part time job to make ends meet and you shouldn't find it difficult getting someone to fulfill the jobs you listed. A college student working their way through, a high school student who wants to save money for school supplies and/or clothing or a retiree.

I cleaned for three people weekly years ago and earned $7.50 an hour and chores consisted of window washing, ironing, washing floors on hands and knees, mopping, clean two full bathrooms, fold laundry, vacuum carpets, wash dishes, polish stove and frig doors, and dust furniture.

At that time, people who lived in a ritzy neighborhood paid $10.00 an hour for help. I lived in the country and was just beginning to work outside the home for a little extra pocket money. Hope this helps with your decision making process.

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April 11, 20090 found this helpful

For good service, you have to pay well. Where I live, decent cleaners get $20/hr+ if you can find them.

You might look at it as if you only have a few rooms for them to clean, but they are the most labor intensive cleaning areas in your home.

The more you and your family don't want to do a job; the more you'll have to pay someone to do it.

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April 11, 20090 found this helpful

Are you paying "under the table" or are you taking out all the needed taxes?

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April 11, 20090 found this helpful

It depends on where you live. Some parts of the country are a lot higher than others. It also depends on the age/ skill level of the person you are hiring. If you are looking for a bonded, insured cleaner you can expect to pay at least $20-30 per hour in the New England area. If you are going to hire a college student, high schooler or just someone who is looking to make a few extra bucks under the table, you will expect to pay $10-$15 per hour depending on where you live, again. Also, the more experienced cleaners will obviously get it done quicker and probably more thoroughly, so take that into consideration when deciding on which to choose. Alternatively, if you are going to keep the tasks the same each week, I would meet with potential cleaners and decide on a flat weekly pay rate.

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April 12, 20090 found this helpful

I have also been looking at hiring a cleaner and have found prices anywhere from $15-25/hr and I live in a small city. I was quoted $75/hr once but that was for 3 people to come in at the same time. For where I live $20/hr is reasonable if they come with their own cleaners and are experienced and have references. I found a woman who uses environmentally friendly cleaners (hard to find around here i noticed!) so for me this is worth the $20/hr. Personally I wouldn't hire someone who isn't experienced because it will take them longer and they won't know the tricks of the trade as far as cleaning. Just my two cents!

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April 12, 20090 found this helpful

These days jobs are few, I would pay $8 per hour (that's minimum wage in my state) unless they are fast & efficient workers, then I would pay up to $15 unless they are teenagers. Also, you don't want someone who dilly-dallies, my sister & I hired someone to clean our home once & the gal spent 2 hours on our 1967 stovetop (that was a TOTAL waste of time!) Be sure to be EXACT with what you expect done. I recommend "piece-work" not an hourly wage. Think about how long it takes you to do it, then multiply that times an average of $10 per hour.

We pay a teenager $35 to mow our lawn (with HIS lawnmower) & it takes him about 2-1/2 hours to finish. We tip him $5 more if he does a REALLY good job.

You may want to start out a bit low, THEN if they do a great job, give them more!

---> Also, be sure to check them out well... This doesn't mean if they did something small 10 years ago, they are bad. (A member of my family stole a 12 pack of beer when she was 18 & now no one wants hire her because of the "theft" on her record & that was many years ago!) ...But, KNOW the people who come into your home... I see all the time on TV how a gardener or a worker has came back & done the person who hired them wrong. This is one reason why many businesses are bonded & licensed. Also, if you hire a cleaning company, you can call your state's attorney general or BBB or go on the web site to see if they have any complaints against them. 1 or 2 complaints is normal, but 10 or 12 is NOT! ...If you hire a person, & not a company, ask them for references. (I do handpainted wall-murals & I insist people call some of my references before hiring me) I also will not charge people unless they are 100% happy with my work & never take any money until the job is done & loved...

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April 15, 20090 found this helpful

I used to clean for an elderly woman and she paid me $8.00 for what ended up being back breaking work. If you are very particular and you find someone who does a great job, then pay them $10.00 plus an occasional bonus. I don't clean for her anymore! I wasn't truly appreciated.

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April 21, 20090 found this helpful

RE: Paying a Cleaning Person

By yarnlady (16) Profile Contact

Are you paying "under the table" or are you taking out all the needed taxes?

I believe they are self employed and should pay their own taxes. Unless you have a contract with them, that should be their status. they would be considered "independent contractors" and the responsibility is theirs to report their own income and pay their own SS taxes.

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