It’s time to make the leap into deep cleaning your home, but is DIY really the only option or can hiring a professional cleaning service be worthwhile? This question is one that many homeowners ask themselves when they’re up to their neck in cleaning chores and just want to get the job done.

There is a lot in favor of hiring a DIY but there are some good reasons for hiring a professional. While the former is often the most chosen route due to DIY being significantly cheaper, the pros of hiring a professional service, in some circumstances, may be the most cost effective option.

Below we’ll go through the pros and cons of hiring a service and cleaning your home yourself:

Pros to Hiring a Professional Cleaning Service

Doesn’t Matter How Messy It Is, They Can Get it Clean

From houses that are completely torn apart due to an eviction or foreclosure, to homes that just need a good scrub after years of little attention; professional cleaners can handle it all. Qualified operators like Sidepost, for example, handle various housing cleaning situations and have the equipment, training and experience to handle any job in no time.

There’s No Time Like The Present

If you’re like most people that put off cleaning until they absolutely HAVE TO, hiring someone can provide that extra motivation needed to at least start maintaining your house’s cleanliness. Some people just require a little push before they can get started on their own. 

No More Housework Means No Distractions or Interruptions

When you have to do your own cleaning, it takes time away from other things that are important in our lives like family, friends and work responsibilities. And you can’t just ignore home cleaning, as a cluttered and dirty house can affect your mood, concentration and even your sleep

Hiring a professional service means no more excuses for not getting the house clean because they can come at any time that is convenient for you.

Cons to Hiring a Professional Cleaning Service

It Costs Money

While it seems like hiring a service is a no-brainer, it’s important to consider that you will have to pay for the convenience. The average cost of hiring a professional cleaning service can be anywhere from $30-40 per hour in Australia, depending on what needs done and how big your house is.

There May be Hidden Fees

Unfortunately, not all professional cleaning services are created equal. Many charge extra for things like dusting, moving furniture and operating certain types of equipment. If you do the cleaning yourself, all of these costs are eliminated.

You May Not be Satisfied with the Results

Sometimes, a cleaner’s routine on how they clean your home may not be what you expect. For example, some cleaners may only do a surface level cleaning on furniture and fixtures, ignoring the inside of your oven and other appliances. This can lead to dissatisfaction with how your home looks when they’re done which means more work for you down the line!

Pros to Cleaning Your Home Yourself

In Most Cases, You’ll Save A lot of Money

Unless you hire a professional service to do complex and/or laborious tasks that would take you hours, DIY is significantly cheaper than hiring someone. Once you’ve purchased all your supplies, it’s just a case of establishing a cleaning routine and getting to work.

Instead of hiring a service, you could use that money to spruce up other areas in your home like the bathroom or kitchen which would make a big difference.

Cleaning is a Great Workout

If you’re like most people, the thought of getting fat and out-of-shape isn’t exciting or fun. Well, cleaning can actually be a great way to burn calories since you’re constantly on your feet and moving around.

From sweeping and vacuuming floors to scrubbing tough grease stains off your kitchen countertops, your body is working the entire time.

If you’re into fitness, it can actually be a great way to get in shape!

Establish Your Own Routine Suited to Your Needs

If you hire a service to do the cleaning, they may not always work in your best interest when it comes to organization (but that’s another topic entirely). Doing the clean yourself gives you control over how everything looks; which can be extremely satisfying for some people.

If removing dust is a top priority to reduce your allergies, then you’re welcome to focus on that task. It’s much easier to work around your life goals when you can control the cleaning process yourself!

DIY Cons

You Might Get Bored Easily

Cleaning is one of the most common tasks that people dread doing. When you’re cleaning your home, it’s easy to get bored or distracted if there isn’t anything else in your life demanding your attention. For some daily chores like vacuuming and mopping floors; this can be an issue.

If you’re doing these tasks, it can be easy to get lost in your phone or tablet. This means that the task takes longer than necessary since you keep getting distracted!

It’s Extremely Difficult To Eliminate All Spills and Stains

Even the most experienced DIY home cleaners make a mistake at some point. When you clean your home, it’s easy to miss a spot or spill something which may leave stains behind on the floor or furniture.

If you do make these mistakes; then you’ll need to wipe them off or scrub them down before they can be cleaned. This means extra time and effort which may take longer than you think!

It’s Hard Work

From moving heavy pieces of furniture and appliances to sweeping multiple areas of your home, DIY cleaning is hard work!

The fact that it takes longer than hiring a service means you may need to take breaks as well as getting some help from other members in your home. This makes the process even more difficult since everyone is working plus it’s exhausting for those involved!

The Bottom Line is to Consider Your Options Carefully

When it comes down to hiring a service or doing the cleaning yourself, there’s no right answer for everyone . It depends on your individual circumstances and what you value most in life like convenience vs savings : maybe both! 

For those looking for the most cost-effective option, it really comes down to what you’ll be doing during your time otherwise spent cleaning. If you’re out on expensive shopping sprees then it may be better spent on a professional service. In contrast, if you’re using that time growing your business or working extra hours at the office, hiring a cleaner may be the best thing for you!

Claire Preece