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Question DetailsAsked on 12/5/2015

my 90 year old mother pays $200 for a once a month cleaning of only the kitchen, bathroom and living room. To much?

Not heavy cleaning, sweep mop kitchen floor, light dusting,clean small bathroom and vaccumn carpet takes about a hour with a supervisor and 1 cleaners. I think she is being taken to the cleaners by the cleaners.

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Once-monthly cleaning of an actively lived-in house (as opposed to just monthly dust control in an unoccupied apartment) would normally be considered equivalent to an initial cleaning in amount of work, as opposed to weekly periodic cleaning (so not major build-up of work to do between cleanings) which might run in the $50-100 range.

However, if it takes 2 people 1 hour then that does sound like about 100% over the typical market rate, unless you live in a very high priced area - because cleaning personnel hourly billing rates are generally below $50/hr - many times closer to half that, though whether or not they are providing the cleaning products affects the price a little bit.

I would say maybe time to try another company - not only on price, but 1 hour for a monthly cleaning sounds pretty light on scope - would normally be several hours and include kitchen appliance and counter/cabinet surface cleaning which you did not mention, as well as eating area cleaning and at least a rotating schedule (some each time) of vacuuming upholstered furniture.

Course, being she is 90 - if she is happy with the arrangement, the house is adequately cleaned (no buildup of dirt, food debris, mold, etc) and $ are not short, keeping the same people she is familiar with (assuming is same team each time) and avoiding changing anything on her might be well worth the added cost. If she likes these people, they may be a significant social contact for her too - consider that. Between you and her on that one.

Answered 4 years ago by LCD

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