The truth is if you think a professional is expensive wait till you hire an amateur. The underground market seems less expensive on the surface but in the long run it really isn’t. What is your time worth? Cheaper services generally require you to find to housekeeper, verify their background, train them, and provide all the supplies for cleaning. You have to manage, supervise, and pay their payroll taxes despite their claim that they are an “”independent contractor” (the IRS almost never agrees therefore you are liable for all federal withholding taxes and labor law compliance). The “savings” is not worth the risk, especially if the cleaner is undocumented or brings undocumented “relatives” to help clean. Non-professional cleaners often give the cleaning industry a bad name by not paying taxes and hiring illegal workers.