What Causes Price Differences for House Cleaning Services?

When you’re looking to find a new cleaning service, you might be overwhelmed by all the options and variables. We hope this article helps you understand what those different options are and what to expect when figuring out how much various professional house cleaning services cost.

The biggest factors are how big your home is, how often you need cleaning done, and what type of cleaning service you need.

How big is your home?

The size of your house will determine a lot of what your housekeeping costs are. Here are some ranges for average bi-weekly cleaning costs:

  • A two bedroom, 900 square-foot apartment ranges from $60 to $120.
  • A 1,300 square-foot home ranges from $80 to $150.
  • A 2,200 square-foot home ranges from $100 to $180.

How often do you need cleaning?

How often you need the cleaning is usually one of these choices:

  • Weekly Cleaning
  • Twice a Month Cleaning
  • Monthly Cleaning
  • One Time Cleaning (such as a move out or move in clean, or a deep clean)

When you first hire a house cleaning service, you’ll most likely need to have a deep cleaning at your first visit. Here’s what to expect from a deep cleaning versus a maintenance cleaning.

What type of cleaning? (Maintenance vs. Deep Cleaning)

Maintenance cleaning

Maintenance cleanings after your cleaning service’s initial visit typically cost between $100 and $150. Here’s what a maintenance cleaning generally covers when your service comes by on a regular basis:


  • Showers and tile cleaned and disinfected
  • Baseboards wiped or dusted
  • Trash emptied
  • Dusting
  • Toilets cleaned and disinfected
  • Vanity and sink cleaned
  • Floors washed and disinfected
  • Carpets and rugs vacuumed
  • Mirrors and fixtures cleaned and shined
  • Mildew treated
  • Cobwebs removed
  • Towels changed


  • Exterior of oven range hood cleaned
  • Top and front of stove top cleaned
  • Baseboards wiped
  • Fronts of refrigerator and dishwasher cleaned
  • Floors vacuumed and mopped
  • Table and chairs wiped
  • Microwave wiped
  • Dusting
  • Countertops cleaned
  • Sinks cleaned and disinfected
  • Cobwebs removed

Living room and bedrooms

  • Beds made
  • Trash bins emptied
  • Surfaces dusted
  • Floors vacuumed
  • Mirrors cleaned
  • Picture frames dusted
  • Window sills and ledges wiped down
  • Stairs and closet floors vacuumed
  • Wood floors swept and mopped
  • Cobwebs removed
  • Baseboards dusted
  • Light, general straightening completed

Deep cleaning

A deep clean costs on average between $200-$400 depending on the size of your home. If you’re moving, planning a special event, or preparing for company to come for the holidays it’s a good idea to invest in a deep cleaning.

In addition to the list of services outlined in the maintenance cleaning above, a deep clean will generally also handle the following.


  • Shower door given extra attention
  • Tile grout scrubbed
  • Doors and frames wiped free of fingerprints
  • Wastebaskets sanitized
  • Individual knickknacks cleaned


  • Interior of oven range hood cleaned
  • Interior of oven cleaned
  • Cleaning behind refrigerator and oven
  • Cleaning inside refrigerator and oven
  • Outside of cabinets washed
  • Doors and frames spot-cleaned for fingerprints
  • Inside of microwave cleaned
  • Individual knickknacks cleaned and dusted

Living room and bedrooms

  • Cleaning and vacuuming under the bed
  • Trash bins sanitized
  • Lampshades dusted
  • Carpet edge vacuumed
  • Ceiling fan dusted and wiped
  • Furniture and upholstery vacuumed
  • Mini-blinds dusted
  • Every knickknack individually cleaned