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Deciding Whether A House Cleaning Service Is Worth It
By Phil Villarreal onApril 16, 2011 11:30 AM

It may seem extravagant to hire someone to clean your house, and some frugal people find it all but
unthinkable to farm out such a task.

A Parenting Family Money post offers a counterpoint to such thinking. The writer argues that depending on
the amount of upkeep your home needs and the amount of disposable income and time you have, it may
make economic sense to pay for a cleaning service.

Glen, the writer who works full time and runs two blogs, explains that he'd rather not waste the time and
energy it takes to give his house a thorough cleaning on weekends. When he pays to have his house
cleaned, he's buying time to hang out with his family.

If you do the work yourself, how much time do you spend cleaning each week? If you pay someone, how
much does it cost you?

April 18, 2011 9:32 AM
Disposable income?
My ‘disposable’ income goes into either retirement or savings.
Would you rather have someone clean your house or retire at 55?
I know my answer to that!
The only cleaning I don’t do around my house is ac ducts.
If I had a fireplace I would have that done as well.
Even steam-cleaning carpets isn’t that difficult of a task.

April 18, 2011 2:35 PM
If you have the disposable cash I highly recommend hiring a service 2–4 times a year who will “deep
clean” your house/apartment. It’s worth it because you’ll feel so much better to have all the dirty work done
for you and the spot cleaning that you’ll do afterwards will be minimal.

April 19, 2011 10:15 AM
I work long hours, and prefer not to spend my free time cleaning. I pay $80/2 weeks for 1,100sq 1-bed
apartment and it includes laundry as well, changing the bed sheets, etc. I’ve been doing it for 6+ years,
same person, and love it.

April 19, 2011 11:31 AM
I usually get my house cleaned when I am expecting people over and I don’t do it more than once every 6
months. They do a good job, the house always looks and smells clean and it gives it a work over in ways I
don’t think I could like a good scrubbing of the toilets and tub. It costs me $90 an hour and that’s for 3
cleaners. In 2 hours they’re usually done.

December 6, 2011 10:11 AM
Why do so many parents pay their children for doing chores? Chores are something that need to be done
anyway (by kids and everyone else); and paying them to do it not only sets up the expectation that
everything they do requires compensation, but it also gives them the sense of “well I don’t feel like doing
chores today and I don’t need the money that badly, so I’m just not going to do them.” The motivation
should not be money. I also don’t usually use extra chores as punishment, because again, chores are just
something that need to be done, they aren’t a *bad* thing, and you generally don’t need to attach such a
feeling of dread to them.