When to Do It Yourself, When to Hire a Pro
Problem: Despite your best efforts, your house always seems to be a disaster zone.
Enter: The house cleaner. One person or a whole crew will do the dirty work for you, whether it’s a weekly visit or a job every few months―all in a couple of hours.
Cost: $80 to $400 a visit, ranging from maintenance to a deep cleaning.
To find one: Ask friends for referrals, or try the National Cleaning Directory (cpimembership.com).
Consider doing it yourself when: You’re picky about where you stash Bobby’s toys. It may take a bit longer to get the job done, but you’ll have the peace of mind of knowing what’s where.