Having your own apartment can give you thorough peace of mind, but keeping it clean can just as quickly bring stress back into your life. No matter how hard you try, a thin layer of dust will all but inevitably make itself at home on your dresser, bookshelf, and other surfaces that mostly go untouched in your apartment. Plus, some of the dirt you track into your home on your shoes and the scraps you generate cooking in your kitchen can easily build up on your floors.
Even if you know your apartment needs cleaning, you’re probably not too thrilled to lose hours to vacuuming, mopping, and wiping down surfaces around your home. That’s where apartment cleaning services come in. If you schedule an appointment with one, you’ll have a clean apartment before you know it without all the physical effort on your end.
Of course, as with anything so seemingly miraculous, apartment cleaning services don’t come for free. Is an apartment service cleaning worth the money? Below, explore the pros and cons of hiring one.
Pros of an apartment cleaning service
Time and labor saved
Perhaps the most obvious appeal of an apartment cleaning service is that hiring one gives you back the time and energy you’d otherwise spend on cleaning. If you’re an especially busy person who works long days and just wants to relax when you get home, an apartment cleaning service just might be the best way to save hours and effort. You might feel the same if you’re a parent juggling work with family time or if you entertain often and struggle to find time to properly clean before and after.
Bang for your buck (if you do it right)
The perception that an apartment cleaning service will always be expensive comes from the notion that all services visit your home weekly. However, many services offer monthly cleanings for modest prices, giving you bang for your buck. If you live with a partner, going halfsies on such an affordable, time-saving service can prove genuinely beneficial for your relationship – take it from real couples who have done so – while only modestly impacting your wallet.
Cons of an apartment cleaning service
Sure, few things sound more arduous than breaking out the old rag and wiping down all your countertops, but what if you don’t have the money to spend? Apartment cleaning services often charge $25 to $50 per cleaner, and even if you live in a truly tiny apartment, your cleaner will almost certainly need more than an hour to complete the job.
Thus, if you’re living on a tight budget, you might want to commit well ahead of schedule to a date and time when you devote yourself to a few hours of apartment cleaning, no matter the obstacles that come up. And even if your budget is more flexible, you can always use the money saved on not hiring a cleaning service for all manner of other housing needs.
Extra fees for thorough work
In need of an especially deep cleaning? The standard costs of an apartment cleaning service usually don’t involve this thorough of a cleaning job. Similarly, apartment cleaning services often add extra fees to your job for window cleaning. If you’re the entertaining type, you might even encounter extra fees for post-event cleanup. And if you’re looking to leave behind a sparkling-clean apartment when you move out, you’ll likely need to pay your service extra for that, too.
There’s no right or wrong answer
It’s clear that an apartment cleaning service will cost you money. When deciding whether you’ll hire one, consider how much money you’re willing and able to spend, what extra services you’ll want versus how many you can afford, whether you’ll be better off devoting time or money to cleaning, and whether your lifestyle demands that someone else take care of cleaning for you. A smart, considered decision you’ve taken plenty of time to make will never be a wrong decision.