House Cleaning - Canada vs the USA

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    Aug 16, 2014 9:09 PM GMT
    So, my boyfriend is coming over next weekend, and my house is unacceptably dirty because I've been away for a few weeks and since I got back just haven't had time to do it.

    Well, it needs a top to bottom cleaning. I called up a couple of cleaning services, and the prices are pretty high. My house is 1365 sq. ft. They are asking about $620 on average. I've heard of people from the southern USA who don't make tons of money but have a house cleaner that comes once a week. I can afford the $620 this one time, but I couldn't get a repeated scheduled service like they do. I normally just clean it all myself, but this time I am going to treat myself to this.

    Do people in the USA generally make a lot more money or is the price of cleaning services somewhat cheaper?
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    Aug 16, 2014 9:18 PM GMT
    For $620, you better have cute naked boys doing the work. icon_razz.gif

    I paid a lot (but not that much) when I moved out of my last rental house, to clean the empty house. They did a lousy job. I had to go back the next weekend and do it all over again.

    I used to pay a woman to come once a week and I think it was about $150 a month. Now I'm getting by with Roomba and Scooba.

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    Aug 16, 2014 10:08 PM GMT
    SeismicMuscle saidSo, my boyfriend is coming over next weekend, and my house is unacceptably dirty because I've been away for a few weeks and since I got back just haven't had time to do it.

    Well, it needs a top to bottom cleaning. I called up a couple of cleaning services, and the prices are pretty high. My house is 1365 sq. ft. They are asking about $620 on average. I've heard of people from the southern USA who don't make tons of money but have a house cleaner that comes once a week. I can afford the $620 this one time, but I couldn't get a repeated scheduled service like they do. I normally just clean it all myself, but this time I am going to treat myself to this.

    Do people in the USA generally make a lot more money or is the price of cleaning services somewhat cheaper?

    It's supply vs demand. Here in California, we have a steady flow of immigrants from Mexico. Since they don't have any real job skills, they take on manual labor jobs including house cleaning. There are so many house cleaning service providers, and they all compete against each other.

    A few of my co-workers have a house keeper come in and do light touch-up cleaning every other week. And do a full house clean scrub down once a month. I think they're paying roughly $100 a month.
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    Aug 16, 2014 11:52 PM GMT
    Wow, $100/month? I wish! That's insanely cheap!
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    Aug 16, 2014 11:53 PM GMT
    SeismicMuscle saidWow, $100/month? I wish! That's insanely cheap!


    Well, Canada doesn't have the amount of immigrants entering their country like the US does.
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    Aug 17, 2014 12:04 AM GMT
    I pay $60 for someone to clean every two weeks.
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    Aug 17, 2014 12:18 AM GMT
    kevex said
    SeismicMuscle saidWow, $100/month? I wish! That's insanely cheap!


    Well, Canada doesn't have the amount of immigrants entering their country like the US does.


    I understand that, but why is the difference SO outrageous? It's like a factor of 6 to 10 times the amount of money...
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    Aug 17, 2014 1:24 AM GMT
    Our Brazilian cleaning lady comes weekly, works for about 4 hours, and asked for $60 USD. Our condo is about 1200 square feet. We provide all the cleaning materials, and I bought a vacuum cleaner she selected (an Oreck). She only does the labor.

    But 3 months ago I thought she needed a raise, though she didn't hint at one. I now give her $70 weekly. I believe that's within the range for much of South Florida, for the amount of work she does.
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    Aug 17, 2014 3:45 AM GMT
    Many house cleaners will charge a higher rate, the first time they clean your house. But, $620 seems over-the-moon expensive.
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    Aug 17, 2014 3:49 AM GMT
    New business idea..
    Smuggle house cleaners from the US to Canada.


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    Aug 17, 2014 4:12 AM GMT
    I think that if you call one of those services in the yellow pages (e.g. "maid brigade") it's a whole different ball game than contracting an individual directly through craigslist or something.
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    Aug 17, 2014 4:24 AM GMT
    SeismicMuscle saidSo, my boyfriend is coming over next weekend, and my house is unacceptably dirty because I've been away for a few weeks and since I got back just haven't had time to do it.

    Well, it needs a top to bottom cleaning. I called up a couple of cleaning services, and the prices are pretty high. My house is 1365 sq. ft. They are asking about $620 on average. I've heard of people from the southern USA who don't make tons of money but have a house cleaner that comes once a week. I can afford the $620 this one time, but I couldn't get a repeated scheduled service like they do. I normally just clean it all myself, but this time I am going to treat myself to this.

    Do people in the USA generally make a lot more money or is the price of cleaning services somewhat cheaper?


    Umm no way!!

    LOL

    Molly Maids and another service can start a deep clean for 150.

    I do it my self naked.

    AN airline ticket is cheaper to fly someone out......
    Then I will do it for free!!! LOL

    I mean really, put your french maid out fit on and get to it.

    We have some illegal aliens do it for cheep from what I hear....I am good with a broom!!!
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    Aug 17, 2014 5:09 AM GMT
    In many EU countries a EUR 10.- per hour will do the trick. Local job sites are full of people who would be happy to do some extra work. Sure, you supply the cleaning material, Hoover, and whatever else may be needed.

    Now, if you go to the guys who run a professional cleaning service, you are looking into paying a lot more. These dudes want to make profits, pay their secretaries, give their folks benefits, etc. Sure, all of that is justified.

    Yet, the market is out there. You choose.

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    Aug 17, 2014 7:02 AM GMT
    strokeme220 saidI pay $60 for someone to clean every two weeks.

    Yup. I pay mine $65 for every two weeks and she's worth every penny. She also cleans the windows on the inside and empties the fridge and cleans it and puts everything back. And the usual scrubbing the bathroom, floors, vacuuming, dusting, etc. She's Mexican and speaks almost no English; I talk to her husband if I need to make any changes (vacation, etc.)

    When she started she wanted to make sure the place was in a known clean state and they spent several hours really cleaning it and she charged me double the regular rate for that one time special job. Now she takes about 2 hours and she has a helper.

    Once you find a good house cleaner you'll never want to give her up. Reminds me of the old Neil Young song, A Man Needs a Maid.

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    Aug 17, 2014 7:24 AM GMT
    South Florida here, as well.

    I haven't cleaned my house since about 1986 - have always had a cleaning woman (or sometimes a cleaning man) every two weeks. And no, none of them were naked.

    All of the women have been Brazilian. I suspect that some of them are either illegal immigrants or are here on visas without work permits, but I've never asked. They always prefer cash, but most will take checks. They usually work for a legitimate company (insured, bonded). Some of them speak only (Brazilian) Portuguese. We communicate in Spanish or English, since I don't speak Portuguese.

    I pay them $100, which includes a $25 tip, every two weeks. I tip them because a good part of what I pay them goes to the woman who owns the company.

    It was the same in my last house, a thousand miles away - Brazilian women, mostly, and the rate was about the same.

    The two male cleaners I've had were gay. One cleaned houses exclusively. The other was a part-time school teacher who cleaned houses on the side to supplement his income. Hey, some people like to wait tables, some people like to clean houses - I would not enjoy either as an occupation.

    The few times I've had rental units cleaned as a one-time, top-to-bottom job (either units that I owned or ones that I was living in), the cost was about $250-300 per job.

    You will always pay more if you hire someone from a company listed in the Yellow Pages or Yelp. The less expensive cleaners work for smaller companies that advertise in the local weeklies (small ads in the back - look in gay papers, particularly).

    And always call to ask for references and an in-person estimate before hiring - you wouldn't believe some of the cleaners I've interviewed!
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    Aug 17, 2014 7:31 AM GMT
    Reminds me of the guys that go to the gym every day and get upset if they have to park more than 20 feet from the front door. Unless you're rich or infirm, clean it up yourself!
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    Aug 17, 2014 7:33 AM GMT
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    SeismicMuscle saidSo, my boyfriend is coming over next weekend, and my house is unacceptably dirty because I've been away for a few weeks and since I got back just haven't had time to do it.

    Well, it needs a top to bottom cleaning. I called up a couple of cleaning services, and the prices are pretty high. My house is 1365 sq. ft. They are asking about $620 on average. I've heard of people from the southern USA who don't make tons of money but have a house cleaner that comes once a week. I can afford the $620 this one time, but I couldn't get a repeated scheduled service like they do. I normally just clean it all myself, but this time I am going to treat myself to this.

    Do people in the USA generally make a lot more money or is the price of cleaning services somewhat cheaper?


    Umm no way!!

    LOL

    Molly Maids and another service can start a deep clean for 150.

    I do it my self naked.



    I clean naked too, lol!
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    Aug 17, 2014 7:37 AM GMT
    bon_pan saidReminds me of the guys that go to the gym every day and get upset if they have to park more than 20 feet from the front door. Unless you're rich or infirm, clean it up yourself!
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    I mostly clean it up myself. I've never hired a cleaning service or maid before. I just kind of wanted to do it this one time to give myself a much earned break. I work a lot and don't have a lot of free time, so it would be nice for once in the four years I've had my house to get someone else to do it. I'm not lazy by any stretch of the imagination.
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    Aug 17, 2014 3:35 PM GMT
    you pay for what you get but look on craigslist, the services section. get someone on the cash dwn-low

    bon_pan said... Unless you're rich or infirm, clean it up yourself ...

    by the time you get done fussing about the cleaning people you cold have done it your self in less time.
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    Make sure you have all your papers, checks/cash, tools locked up. Have a plan for your pets. Passwords on your computers.

    Have a plan if you are fussy about your antiques.
    get a web cam on your iphone.
  • metta

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    Aug 17, 2014 3:45 PM GMT
    I have cleaners come in every 2 weeks. My home is more than twice as big and I only pay $80 each time. But I have been using them for more than 10 years and I keep my house pretty clean on a regular basis. They never have to pick up after me. They only have to do general cleaning. And it does not include windows.

    I know of neighbors that pay more and I have neighbors that pay a little less. Prices vary by area though. I know that homes on the West Side of LA generally pay more.
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    Aug 17, 2014 4:51 PM GMT
    $620 seems like a huge amount for a 1 time cleaning. I have never had good experiences with housekeepers. Im sure you can/could find someone cheaper. Or fly me there and I will clean naked with a mop handle up my ass for $620… and you would likely get a happy ending out of it too.. LOL.
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    Aug 17, 2014 4:57 PM GMT
    Holy Crap, that sounds too expensive. I think you are getting ripped off.

    Even in Denmark I could get the place cleaned for half that price.

    Find a smaller company, or someone who is working cash in hand. Or just shut up and clean your own damn apartment. I never understand how people can be so lazy.
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    Aug 17, 2014 6:02 PM GMT
    bon_pan saidUnless you're rich or infirm, clean it up yourself!

    I don't consider myself rich but I can afford it. Most importantly it just won't get done otherwise; I can look at dirt and dust and ignore it, for months. It's also sharing the wealth; the people you're hiring are living in the bottom economic bracket.
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    Aug 18, 2014 12:33 AM GMT
    Danskerb saidHoly Crap, that sounds too expensive. I think you are getting ripped off.

    Even in Denmark I could get the place cleaned for half that price.

    Find a smaller company, or someone who is working cash in hand. Or just shut up and clean your own damn apartment. I never understand how people can be so lazy.


    I ended up buying a Dyson vacuum cleaner with the money instead since my old crappy vacuum caught fire.

    I don't understand this lazy criticism being leveled at me. I work a lot and I work hard (some of it is outdoors in tough conditions), and then I go to the gym and I clean my own place up. What exactly is so lazy about wanting to treat oneself to a professional cleaning ONE time in the 4 years that I've lived here?

    FYI it's not exactly an apartment, it's a house and it takes more time to clean than an apartment would (unless you have an unusually large apartment).
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    Aug 18, 2014 12:40 AM GMT
    SeismicMuscle saidSo, my boyfriend is coming over next weekend, and my house is unacceptably dirty because I've been away for a few weeks and since I got back just haven't had time to do it.

    Well, it needs a top to bottom cleaning. I called up a couple of cleaning services, and the prices are pretty high. My house is 1365 sq. ft. They are asking about $620 on average. I've heard of people from the southern USA who don't make tons of money but have a house cleaner that comes once a week. I can afford the $620 this one time, but I couldn't get a repeated scheduled service like they do. I normally just clean it all myself, but this time I am going to treat myself to this.

    Do people in the USA generally make a lot more money or is the price of cleaning services somewhat cheaper?


    Get another estimate! Here in BC that would be 34 hours work for a cleaner making $18.00 an hour.