Is a House Cleaning Service Worth the Money? Or Should I do it Myself?
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Our Hip team & readers weigh in on the pros and cons of hiring a cleaning person or service.
Have you ever considered using a house cleaning service?
Everyone has their own opinion on the subject of hiring out help, so we asked our Hip2Save team & readers whether or not they have a cleaning person or service come to their home and if so, for what reasons. For some, the time and stress it frees up is totally worth the cost. On the other hand, some prefer to clean themselves and use the money elsewhere.
To help you make the best decision for yourself, we highlight the pros and cons of cleaning services below & we’re also sharing our thoughts on each point of view!
These are some reasons a house cleaning service may be a great choice for you!
Less time cleaning = more time to spend with family and friends.
Cleaning can take hours, sometimes even days, depending on the size and thoroughness desired for the task. While having a clean home is important, studies suggest family time should take priority. It’s simple — the less time you spend cleaning up after your family, the more time you have to enjoy their company.
And both our Hip team members and readers really cherish their family time!
Here’s what some of them think of the benefits:
“I have a bi-weekly cleaning service! I love it because it allows me to not worry about deep cleaning bathrooms, dusting blinds etc. All I do between cleanings is tidy up the house and surface clean. The amount of stress and time that I save (and spend doing things I love instead) is well worth the cost of a cleaner IMO.” – Bryn
“I also get my house cleaned bi-weekly! I have so many other things that I would prefer to do with my extra time that I think it’s totally worth the money. I also tidy up and surface clean in between when the cleaner comes but I really appreciate not having to do the grunt work myself.” -Angie
“For me, it’s 100% worth it! Your time is valuable too and there are only so many hours in a day, and your kids are only going to be young for a short while. Don’t waste valuable time doing things that won’t make memories for your family!” – Hip Reader Kelley
Hiring a house cleaning service is less stressful for the person who typically cleans.
Studies have shown time and time again that cleaning responsibilities are major stressors in relationships. It’s so easy to slip into resentment if you feel like your partner isn’t pulling their weight when it comes to cleaning up, even if they’re helping around the house in other ways.
I’m personally one of those weirdos who finds cleaning therapeutic (just kidding, that’s actually super common 😆), but even I have days when I just don’t feel like it!
And whether you work in an office, work from home, or work for your family, not many people are excited about cleaning at the end of the day. Having a house cleaning service takes away the burden and stress of doing the job yourself.
Some of our readers and Hip team members find that a house cleaning service is totally worth the expense!
“I am really particular, but a really good cleaning person can clean as well as me. I love that you can have them do as much or as little as you want. I am a stickler for clean baseboards – like OCD and that’s one thing I loved that my housekeeper did for me. If you have the extra money and are looking for a nice way to pamper yourself, a house cleaning service/person is the way to go. “ – Jen
“I have a lady that comes weekly, and it is the best thing ever. With full-time work, full-time homeschooling, and full-time mom-ing, it’s totally worth paying for the help. Plus, it doesn’t make me spend my whole day off work cleaning the house instead of taking my kids on adventures.” – Stacy
“I have someone come bi-weekly. Granted it’s messy again the day after they leave but at least I know the bathrooms and kitchen are all cleaned! I used to feel guilty about not cleaning it myself and paying someone but I’m so over that. Best money spent!” – Michelle
“Yes, yes, yes it’s worth it! Some people spend money on their hair and nails. I spend money to have someone sweep/mop floors and clean both bathrooms once a month. Worth every penny!” – Hip Reader Victoria
Using a house cleaning service may reduce friction between spouses.
Like we mentioned, dirty dishes can definitely escalate from an annoyance into something drastic–but they don’t have to! Having a house cleaning service makes “Whose turn is it to clean the toilet?” a thing of the past, since cleaning up after each other’s not-so-pleasant side can sometimes put a wedge in the relationship. It also frees up more quality time together!
Here’s what our team & readers think:
“It’s been a lifesaver for me, so I can focus on work and family time. I also kind of think it’s helped my marriage, LOL! My cleaners are worth every penny and have been with me for a couple of years. ❤️” – Lina
We think our Hip Reader, Janet, said it best when she commented: “It’s cheaper than marriage therapy. We have someone come once a week and everyone is happy.”
We totally agree! 🤣
Cleaning can be physically demanding, so a house cleaning service may be necessary for some folks.
I don’t know about you guys, but I work up a sweat when I’m scrubbing down my bathroom!
Even though I live in a small apartment, I still take 2-3 hours to really deep-clean the house once a week, and I can honestly say that it’s a workout. Lifting, scrubbing, reaching, and just the general movements we make while cleaning can be strenuous, and not everyone is physically able to do it.
One of our Hip readers made an excellent point:
“A house cleaning service is worth it to me. I have MS and can’t clean my whole house so I have someone come in every three weeks to really clean the house and then I can just maintain it between the cleanings.” – Hip Reader Laurie
On the other hand, you might agree with these reasons NOT to use a house cleaning service.
If you have to spend time preparing for the cleaning person, what’s the point?
It’s kind of like washing the dishes before you put them in the dishwasher (I know, we just can’t help ourselves 😅)—sometimes you have to clean before the cleaning person, well, cleans! During the time it takes to organize and prep your space, you may as well have done the full cleaning yourself.
Here’s what we think about it:
“I’ve hired some before for an occasional cleaning & have actually left a notebook-sized sheet of items I’d like done & not overlooked because no matter what, I was more thorough than they were & had to check on tasks they missed.” – Hip Reader Renee
On the other hand, some may appreciate the extra incentive to keep their houses cleaner on the daily!
Here’s what my Hip teammate, Angela, said about that:
“I’m one of those people who cleans before the cleaning team comes! 🤣 I don’t want them to know we actually, like, live here. But it does keep me on track knowing they are coming. Day to day I always straighten up and make sure the sink is empty when I go to bed.” – Angela
Instead of paying for a house cleaning service, pocket the cash for other expenses.
It’s definitely not cheap to hire out for a cleaning service, so think of what else you could be spending your money on! You could splurge on dinners out, fun activities, and even vacations! Does the value of the cleaning person measure up to what else you could be spending the money on?
Our readers and Hip team members weighed in on the costs vs. the benefits:
“I have never had a cleaning service. As great as the help sounds, I’m someone who would just rather do it on my own and if I know I’m capable of doing something, I want to do it and save the money simply because I’m too cheap to pay someone else to do it. 🤣 I’ve also learned quickly as a mom that my house will never be perfect so I’ve always been mindful to do at least a load of wash every day, not let dishes pile up, and clean areas of my home that need tending to as I go.” – Sara
“We book a trip at an expensive resort around twice a year, sometimes three. It’s nice not to have to worry about deals or doing anything for yourself during those trips like fixing your own meals, finding transportation, etc. Getting something that is pretty much all-inclusive or close to it, is a great splurge feeling. 🙂” – Hip Reader Angela
You don’t have to worry about having a stranger in your home.
You’ll more than likely have a background check on the person who will be cleaning your home, but for some, the thought of an unknown person in the house can still be unsettling. Tackling the cleaning yourself allows you to rid yourself of those worries and know exactly what was cleaned.
Even if you totally trust the house cleaning service, it may still not be worth it to ya:
“We tried 3 different companies when my husband and I worked full time and really long hours… I always found myself pretty disappointed when I came home — it often felt like the bare minimum was done (they wouldn’t lift up the picture frames to dust, or they would focus on silly stuff like emptying the dishwasher, etc.) It just wasn’t worth the cost or hassle of having strangers in my home.” – Hip Reader
The two biggest reasons I’ve never used a house cleaning service are that I actually enjoy cleaning myself, but also, I’m kind of a private person. I’m not comfortable leaving just anyone alone in my place. It doesn’t even have anything to do with trusting a stranger… honestly I’d be way more worried that they’d find something embarrassing 🤣 and I’d rather not fuss over it!
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Sometimes it’s just as easy to do it yourself… or delegate the work to bored kids!
To some, like myself, cleaning is relaxing! If you enjoy doing the job yourself, why bother spending the money to hire it out? Get some self-care out of it by slathering on a face mask, turning up the tunes, and getting it done.
Some folks actually find it less stressful than using a house cleaning service!
“I don’t have a cleaning lady, but just taking a little time each day to do a few things saves tons of my free time! Also, if my kids say they’re bored, I stick a Swiffer duster or broom in their hands — that helps. 😉” – Cass
“I actually enjoy cleaning! I have time to do it, which some might not, but I would spend 3 hours just getting ready for the cleaning person to come! Then I would have to leave the house so she could clean, which was annoying since I never knew when she was coming or leaving. I did not realize how much stress it was until I called it quits.” – Hip Reader Angie
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House cleaning services don’t have to be all or nothing! It’s totally possible to skip out on the bi-weekly visits and only use ’em when you need to.
If you prefer to do the daily cleaning and save the professionals for when you could really use them, that’s definitely an option!
Some Hip team members and readers made some great points:
“I do not have a cleaning service considering I live alone meaning I’m the only one to make messes. 🤣 I would feel kind of guilty paying for one. My boyfriend is also obsessed with cleaning so my kitchen is always spotless after he comes around lol. I would, however, consider having a service come through if I were planning on hosting a bunch of people for an event, like a birthday party or holiday, since there’s already so much other work that goes into prepping, I wouldn’t want to worry about the cleaning portion.” – Emily
“I don’t have a cleaning service. I never have. I do clean up as I go and get laundry done throughout the week. Sometimes the kids help out and other times my husband takes over like he did this past weekend to get most of it done. However, my house is small, so I could literally get a good clean done in just a couple of hours. If my house were bigger, I would reconsider for sure.” – Amber
“I have used a cleaning service a few times and have loved every bit of it. Wish I could use them all the time but I have only used them when I’ve moved in so they can get a real deep clean and before the holidays when I’ll have too much going on to do all the Clorox cleaning I would like. I have yet to be disappointed! Doing your research in finding a good company is key.” – Krystal
There’s really no way to say whether using a house cleaning service is worth the money since it totally depends on the individual and their priorities! For those of us who like cleaning, have small houses, and wanna save a little cash, it’s probably just as easy to do it ourselves.
But if you’re often on the go & would much rather spend your free time with your friends and fam, there’s no need to feel guilty about paying a little extra for a cleaning service! Time is money, after all. 🙃
So if you do decide to hire a cleaning person, here are a few last tips:
- Shop around — Get the best deal and find someone you’ll feel comfortable having in your home.
- Get background checks and reviews — Check sources like Nextdoor and Angi to find qualified and reputable help.
- Agree on specific duties and expectations — Discuss how thorough you’d like the cleaning and how long the cleaning professional typically takes for each task. That way you have a defined plan and everyone is on the same page.
- Get an in-home estimate — Trying to gauge a price over the phone simply doesn’t work, and most in-home estimates are free.
- Ask about supplies — Does the service provide them, or will they be using your stash under the sink? Either way, it’s good to know upfront.
- Ask if they’re green — See if they use environmentally-friendly cleaners if that’s a priority in your household. If they don’t by default, they may oblige if you’re able to supply them with your preferred supplies.