In an ideal world, spring cleaning would be a ritual of renewal, a yearly rejuvenation that makes your space feel fresh as a blossom. But in a world that’s a little more “real” than “ideal,” the cost of cleaning supplies, heavy-duty machine rentals and — perhaps most of all — the massive time sink a thorough house cleaning requires can add up to a hassle that’s the opposite of refreshing.
Enter home cleaning services. Although you might think maids and cleaning services are the domain of the wealthy, many major chains and smaller, more specialized companies offer discounts and deals that make them more than worth it this spring, or even year-round. Check out these 12 companies that can give your home a serious spring cleaning on a budget.
The Cleaning Authority
Ranked among the best cleaning services by Consumer Affairs, The Cleaning Authority offers locations across America. It focuses on eco-friendly cleaning across the home, and offers free online or phone estimates. Although the service doesn’t currently offer any major in-house promos, keeping an eye on Groupon can net you some real deals.
Price: Rates vary by location, but you can expect fees of about $60 per hour. Use a Groupon when available to reduce your first hour to $25.
Handy is less of a specific cleaning service and more of a, well, handy online aggregator for all kinds of local cleaning services. The site vets background-checked, insured professional cleaners and handymen and women, allowing you to book them for anything from spring cleaning to furniture assembly to TV mounting. Click on what you want, and you could have some hands-on help the very next morning.
Price: Prices vary widely by service and region, but the site likes to reduce costs by offering monthly package plans for cleanings — the more months you purchase, the cheaper the cleaning. For example, Los Angeles rates are about $60 per three hours of cleaning on a six-month package. Depending on your area, you might qualify for 30 to 50 percent off your first cleaning, too.
As the name implies, MaidPro is your more traditional professional maid service with locations all over the U.S. and some in Canada. MaidPro offers the basics, including a 49-point cleaning checklist, online appointments and monthly service plans, but its constant promos are pretty substantial.
Price: MaidPro custom tailors the service and rates to your space, but ongoing promotions for specific regions offer deals like $25 off you first, third and fifth cleanings or a free refrigerator scrub-down.
Another national chain, Maid Brigade not only rhymes, it boasts that its cleaners are trained, certified, uniformed and insured. The Green Clean Certified company has been at it for 30 years, offering regular home cleaning services, like dusting, vacuuming and taking out the trash, plus deep-cleaning services, like window washing and upholstery cleaning.
Price: Like MaidPro, Maid Brigade tailors your cost to your home and offers free online estimates. You’ll also find deals on coupon sites like RetailMeNot.com. You can find deals like $30 off your first cleaning and $10 off your second and third, or a flat $50 off for referring a friend.
With services in 42 states, The Maids focuses on efficiency. The company calls its 22-point cleaning system a “get in, get out” deal and offers perks like same-day bookings, carpet cleaning and move-in or move-out cleaning. It also touts liability and employee accident coverage for above-average insurance.
Price: You’ll need to take advantage of the company’s phone estimate to get an accurate hourly rate, and it doesn’t offer consistent promos on its website. Instead, you can save money by heading to external coupon services like Valpak for deals like $50 off regular maid service or $20 off a one-time cleaning.
From 2013 to 2016, Merry Maids has held the Women’s Choice Award for America’s Most Recommended Cleaning Service. You know what to expect: You’ve got your dusting, vacuuming, waste removal and kitchen and bathroom wipe-downs all included. One thing Merry Maids focuses on in particular, though, is attempting to provide the same recurring team to clean your space whenever possible.
Price: On average, customers spend $25 to $35 per hour, but a 2017 promo for new customers takes $20 each off of your first five weekly or biweekly cleanings for a total savings of $100.
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Yet another big national chain, Molly Maid has locations in all 50 states. In addition to all the regular options — free estimates, one-time or recurring cleaning, tailored tasks and so on — Molly Maid stands out by offering highly specific cleaning like special event cleaning, move-out cleaning and apartment cleaning.
Price: Depending on your area and project, Molly Maid can cost up to $75 per hour, but online coupons and promo codes from third-party services can knock off 15 to 50 percent of your costs.
A more specialized cleaning service, MyClean currently only caters to New York City and Chicago. You book MyClean online, and they use their green cleaning supplies and your tools — like mops or vacuums — to go over your home or office with a 50-point cleaning checklist.
Price: You can get a one-bathroom studio in New York cleaned for as little as $75, or a two-bedroom for just over $90, as of 2017 rates. No big promos, but no big questions on how much a spring cleaning will cost you, either.
TaskRabbit basically puts thousands of insured freelancers at your online fingertips, ready to pack your boxes, repair your fridge, run your errands or do your spring cleaning at a moment’s notice — sometimes on the same day — via app-based hiring. Put in your job request, and you’ll be greeted with the profiles of numerous local Taskers and their individual credentials and rates. And if you want to make a quick buck, you can become a Tasker yourself.
Price: Taskers typically charge about $25 to $150 per hour, based on what you require of them, but you can usually use universal coupon codes from sites like RetailMeNot to knock $20 off your first order, or about $5 to $10 off regular orders.
Tidy positions itself as a more focused housekeeping service that currently serves the states of Arizona, California, Nevada and Texas. At its site, you choose from three different packages: the one-cleaner, one-hour Tidy; one-cleaner, 2.5-hour Tidy+; or two-cleaner, 4-hour Mighty package. Regardless of which package you choose, you provide very specific housekeeping instructions and plenty of post-cleaning feedback to continually customize the service to suit your needs.
Price: Mid-range cleaning usually costs about $125 for three hours, but with a little help from Groupon, you can sometimes score a deal that gets you three hours for $55, provided you buy a one-month membership.
USA Clean Master
In a little over 40 U.S. cities, USA Clean Master can up your spring cleaning game by offering the types of deep-cleaning services that you usually only bust out once or twice a year. Rather than basic housekeeping, they do heavy-duty stuff like carpeting and upholstery cleaning, area rug shampooing, mattress cleaning, air duct cleaning, wood floor polishing and tile steaming.
Price: Of course, rates will vary significantly depending on whether you want to steam wall-to-wall carpets, spruce up your wood or tidy your HVAC system. Sign up for free online to become a USA Clean Master member, though, and you’ll get $10 off your first order, 15 percent off all subsequent orders and special email offers every two months.
You’ve Got Maids
You’ve Got Maids has all the staples, like free online estimates and eco-friendly cleaning products, but it has a few quirks, too. For instance, its cleaners go through a proprietary Maid University program to get what YGM calls an “Associate Degree in Maid Service Science.” And if you’re a spring-cleaning-only type of person, they’ll do a one-time deep clean for you.
Price: Getting your kitchen and bathroom cleaned by You’ve Got Maids will cost you roughly $105, unless you’re lucky enough to score an online coupon. But in association with the Cleaning for a Reason program, the company donates free house cleaning services to people undergoing treatment for any type of cancer.
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