When Is It Worth It to Hire Cleaners?


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Bet you can’t wait to say goodbye to the winter blues and ring in spring! But you may not be so excited for the deep clean that comes with the new season of spring cleaning. In addition to the regular dusting, vacuuming, and bathroom scrubbing, there is window washing, carpet cleaning and plenty more. You can always bring in the professionals but it’ll cost you. Here’s when you should hire cleaners and when you should clean it yourself.

Enter The Good Stuff’s #homehacks Spring Cleaning Sweepstakes here! 

Basic Cleaning

Basic Cleaning

Maid services cost an average of $150, according to HomeAdvisor.com. Unless you’ve got a whole weekend to spare, it may be worth it to bring them in for an annual deep clean. Many offer one time cleaning services, though it will probably be billed at a higher rate than a regular service.

Carpet Cleaning

Carpet Cleaning

Go with the professionals. A thorough carpet cleaning is a lot of work and a carpet cleaning company has the tools to do the job right. You can often negotiate a discount if you schedule quarterly or bi-annual service in advance.

Window Washing

Window Washing

This is one of the most dreaded spring cleaning chores, so it may be worth it to you to bring in the professionals. However, there are some products that make it easy to DIY. Get an all-purpose extension pole for around $10, and you can attach brushes, rollers or dusters to get those high places without the danger of a ladder.

Clean Window Treatments

Clean Window Treatments

You got this one! Many fabric window treatments can be machine-washed, although some may need to be dry cleaned. Metal blinds can be removed from the brackets and scrubbed down outdoors.

Clean Gutters

Clean Gutters

Whenever you can avoid a ladder, do it yourself. Two- or three-story houses will typically be charged at a higher rate than a single-story home. However, professionals have the skills, equipment and insurance to get the job done right.

Chimney Sweep

Chimney Sweep

As you might have expected, this is a job for a professional. A professional chimney sweep can clean out ash and carbon residues to keep you safe from chimney fires and carbon monoxide leaks. This task costs an average of $175, according to HomeAdvisor, but could be higher if there is a lot of build up from heavy use.

Clean Upholstery

Clean Upholstery

To have a large sofa cleaned, it’s going to cost you around $200. Typically, this is a task you can complete yourself with a vacuum, gentle soap and an upholstery brush. Though, sometimes you can get a discount on upholstery when you have it cleaned at the same time as your carpet. So, do it yourself if it’s the only thing you’re cleaning, but hire cleaners if you’re considering cleaning your carpets too.

Remove Junk

Remove Junk

You’ve been high on spring cleaning and organization and you just finished the de-cluttering process. Now all you see are stacks of boxes and trash bags with junk. If you have a ton of trash to take out, then hire this job out because chances are it’s free! Check with your garbage pickup service as many offer two free bulk pick-ups each year.


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