When you hire a housekeeper, you typically have a range of services that are covered by the cost of hiring them. Dusting, vacuuming, and cleaning countertops is pretty standard. Some of them will include taking out the trash, whereas others charge extra for that. So it goes with many services. There are no industry wide mandates, but there are some standards that many maids adhere to.


First Clean

 Oftentimes, the first clean will be the most expensive one. That’s because the cleaning service does not know how clean your home might be. If it’s very unkempt, it could take them hours to get it clean. Subsequent cleanings will likely cost you less because they will have that baseline level of clean that the housekeepers can expect. So, a first cleaning is a service that will likely cost you extra.


Specialty Products

 You can expect to pay more if you have special cleaning product needs. Some people have allergies or sensitivities to certain chemicals used in cleaning. Others have ethical objections to certain kinds of chemicals. If you want your housekeeper to use uncommon cleaning supplies or to use eco-friendly cleaning supplies, you’ll likely see your costs go up. There are two reasons for that. Many housekeepers buy their cleaning supplies in bulk, which means that they pay less per item. If you want them to use something they don’t normally use, they might have to pay consumer prices for it. Also, those eco-friendly cleaning supplies are often just more expensive than alternatives.


Cleaning the Oven

 Cleaning the oven is an arduous task that involves a lot of bending and scrubbing. It also involves oven cleaner, which is a very harsh chemical. If you want your housekeeper to clean your oven, you should expect to pay more.

The same is true for cleaning the refrigerator. It’s a task that takes a lot of work and a lot of time. You’ll likely have to pay more for that.


Washing Windows

 If you want them to wash your windows, especially if you have windows on a second or third floor, you’ll need to pay extra. That will often require they bring more equipment. It might even involve a ladder or pressure washer. Washing windows is simple but it’s time-intensive.

These are just a few of the things you might pay extra for. You should discuss with your housekeeper what tasks you expect from them. That will ensure you’re not surprised by the price tag.