Cleaning Service Pricing Advice

I have been asked to clean a 2300 sq foot home with 3 bedrooms, 2 living areas, kitchen, and 2 bathrooms. They only want it to be cleaned once a month and want the windows cleaned as well. How much should I charge for the first visit and every visit after?

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April 20, 20170 found this helpful

This is a large home. I would charge at least $200 per visit. Figure out how many hours it's going to take you to clean this home, and then figure out what you would charge by the hour. Window cleaning is time consuming.

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April 20, 20170 found this helpful

It would depend where you live. Do you have experience in knowing how long it'd take you to clean a 2,300 sq foot home and an idea of the windows (if they're high/low).

I'd recommend to look at competitors in your area and depending if you're licensed or not charge accordingly. Or even call around asking for a quote for that size home to get an idea.

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Do not charge too cheap for your labor, but not too expensive compared to professionals. Assuming you have all the proper cleaning items/tools also?

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April 21, 20170 found this helpful

What is the average pay??

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April 21, 20170 found this helpful

If i were you,should charge by room or by hour or of they offer something more.

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April 21, 20170 found this helpful

It makes sense to me to clean the place the first time and charge by the hour. Among the factors difficult to estimate are numbers of people, how many are kids (and how messy are they), do they have pets, do the adults pick up after themselves, do they do their dishes every day, will you be doing laundry, and so forth.

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You'll have a better idea what to charge after the first visit. As to your hourly rate? Why not check out the competition and see what others charge. Don't forget to factor in cleaning supplies and equipment.

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April 21, 20170 found this helpful

There are a lot of factors to consider before giving a price.
Location: where are you/zip
Are you licensed/bonded?
How many is in the family and how messy are they?
Do they expect a "spotless" job?
How many windows are you expected to clean? Inside? Outside?
How about appliances? Stoves/refrigerator/?
Will you also be expected to do laundry?
First time bathroom/kitchen cleaning can be very time consuming.
What about ceiling light fixtures/overhead fans?
Are the floors wood or carpet?
Carpet - vacuum or shampoo also?
Do they have indoor pets?
Sound like a lot?

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If you see a true professionals worksheet there will be even more because they know from experience that you cannot leave anything "unsaid". There will be certain things mentioned that they will not do.
Your first time charge may be higher than the monthly but only if they are not a messy family as cleaning only once per month is almost like a first time.

Here is a site that you can put in your zip code and some info and get an idea as to where to begin;

www.homewyse.com/.../cost_to_clean_2000_square_foot_house...

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April 21, 20170 found this helpful

If there are a lot of things laying around or a lot of nick knacks I'd charge more than $200.00. Since you are only doing it once a month you would feel like starting all over again. I use to clean houses too and some were a total disaster. Dishes piled on every counter and stacked on the stove, laundry covering every corner.

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Would take 2 of us 6 hours to clean every week. Was such a mess. I think you should make a home visit and decide by the amount of things you'd have to do each time and also the sizes of the windows and whether you had to clean both inside and out. Many services in our area do not cover windows.

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July 19, 20180 found this helpful

First of all, the bureau of labor statistics quotes $10-12/ hr. For housekeepers. Just because it is a window and if you just spray and dust, takes time a little elbow grease. Your rate is about hours unless you bring professional products, use and personally know the composition of furniture, floors, paint, woodwork. That is the expertise someone pays for. As for equipment, most people in homes have a decent vacuum. Washing dishes, minimum wage. Travel time ... no won ever in 40 years paid my commuting costs so why should you? You want a job, show up on your own.

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