For families on a budget, there are a few things you can do to save on the price of one-time or routine cleaning. Some cost-saving tips include:
Tidy up: The more time cleaners spend on picking up items off the floor or counters, the longer it will take them to clean. If you’re paying hourly, scooping up toys or papers beforehand can save the cleaners time (and you money).
Tweak the frequency: If you want to pay less overall for housekeeping, but you still want regular service, consider adjusting the schedule to allow more time between cleanings — for example, moving from once every two weeks to once every three weeks. The extra time might not make a huge difference in the condition of your home, but it can reduce the amount you’ll pay over the course of a year.
Offer up your own supplies: Some of the costs associated with housekeeping services might include the cost of cleaning supplies. Ask your cleaner if it’s possible to use your own materials in exchange for a lower rate. This can be especially helpful if you’re particular about the kinds of products used in your home, as some cleaners might up-charge for non-toxic or environmentally friendly cleaning supplies.
Because prices for housekeeping services can vary so much, gathering estimates from a variety of individuals or companies can help you find the best fit for your family’s budget.