Cleaning Rate for an Empty House

I am in South Carolina. I have a person who is selling their home that wants me to come in once a week, vacuum, dust, dust fans, clean toilets, counters, etc. What is a reasonable price? (the house is empty)

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December 15, 20160 found this helpful

I would charge between $50 and $65! It will be quick work since the house is empty.

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December 15, 20160 found this helpful

You can use an estimator to help you with determining cost. One I find helpful is homewyse dot com.You enter in your supplies, effort, equipment. It will give you a low and high value based on your zip code.

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December 16, 20160 found this helpful

Since the house is empty there isn't anyone to make a mess. It seems like they want you to keep a eye on the house and maybe once a week on trash day so it looks like it's being occupied. Being that they trust you with the accessibility of their home it might be asked more towards being a favor.

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Personally if someone had ask me to do that for them and had not discuss or mention how much.... I would do it and not expect something in return. But if they are exspecting a reply with how much to charge them I would look up rate being charged on Craigslist and divide it by three (staff/duties/time) then by four (weeks in month) that will be how much per visit....

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December 16, 20160 found this helpful

The rate depends on the amount of time it takes you to clean the house. $10/hr would be very reasonable if that person is a friend. If not, charge a little more. Do you need to supply the cleaning p roducts? That would cost a little more, also.

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December 16, 20160 found this helpful

I do not believe we really have enough information to answer this intelligently but maybe you will be able to gleam enough ideas to help you make a decision.

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Is this a friend or just someone looking for someone to clean?
It would seem that it is someone you know and they must trust that you will not allow someone else to have access to their house.
I believe this would make a small/some difference in what I would expect them to pay.

Perhaps you could set up a larger fee once a month and a nominal fee for the other 3 weeks. I am only basing this on the fact that no one will be using the house and so full cleaning may not be necessary every week.

Just keep in mind about your traveling time/expense as well as cost of cleaning materials. These expenses come straight out of your pocket no matter what you else you charge.

The following web site has good information but I found even the lowest price to be excessive for my area. Average houses may tend to be smaller here so that could account for some of the differences in estimates.

I believe one of biggest items you may need to consider or think about is the length of time you will be doing this. Are houses selling quickly? This could make a big difference if you only anticipate cleaning for 3 or 4 weeks.

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Please, no matter what you decide - get it in writing!
Friend or not, try to list everything you can think of that may present a problem in the future - especially WHEN will you receive your money!!

www.homewyse.com/.../cost_to_clean_house.html

Coincidence: my daughter had some free time and actually accepted a cleaning job (never before) this week and is doing the job today! Funny that I had already researched and helped her decide how to handle it.

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December 18, 20160 found this helpful

When I lived in the poconos,pa. I started doing this w/o friend of mine. We got taken once by someone asking us to do the same as you, then they added extra chores w/o extra pay. Get a contract, extra pay for cleaning refrigerator, washing curtains,blinds etc. I looked up S.C. cleaning (private) $9.00 hrs basic empty houses one story,$11,2 story etc. Merry Christmas

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