But cleaning services aren't cheap. Angie's List members pay between $120 to $150 for biweekly house cleanings, according to company data. The average cost, per HomeAdvisor.com, is $151. RedBeacon.com, another site that helps people find home-improvement professionals, puts the average cost at $121. Care.com suggests around $100 to $175 per cleaning. What you pay, of course, depends on how many rooms you're asking a cleaning service to tackle. With Cleaning Master professionals you will pay $69 for a Standard Cleaning 2 hours.
So, again, it's more than obvious that a cleaning crew would be nice to have, but should you get one? Is it worth the money? Here are some reasons to consider enlisting professional help to clean up your life.
It may reduce stress brought on by your family. Maybe your spouse is a neat freak, always complaining about your slovenly ways. Or maybe your in-laws often visit, and you think a cleaning service might curb the catty remarks.
Meghann Timmins, a 24-year-old public relations professional in Atlanta, hired a cleaning service for family-related reasons.
Six months ago, her parents were coming for a visit, and while she was happy to have them over, she began to fret; she'd been away for a weekend and had been busy with work.
"I desperately needed someone to come clean according to their impossible standards," says Timmins, who found a cheap but effective service through an app called Handy.
The cleaning crew charged $85 to clean her two-bedroom town house, and since Timmins and her roommate were splitting the cost, they decided it was definitely worth it to keep the cleaners coming every four weeks.
"They take the time to clean things that I don't have to touch and that my other roommate doesn't think about. It is absolutely worth the money and saves us so much time," Timmins says.
It may reduce self-induced stress. Maybe your family isn't giving you grief for your messy house. Maybe you're the one berating yourself.