Determining a Initial Deep Cleaning and Organizing Charge?

Determining an Initial Deep Cleaning ChargeI am a professional home organizer and I have a small cleaning company. I did a walk through this morning of this 6000 square foot home on Lake Murray, South Carolina. It is pretty dirty, not to too bad, but for sure needs a good deep cleaning. It is a 6 bedroom home with a pool house. He wants me every 2 weeks, for the general maintenance of the master bedroom/bathroom, which is huge; 2 teenagers' rooms with bathrooms; main living area; 2 kitchens; and all hardwood floors. There are also gigantic bay windows.


There is lots of dust and stuff on the walls, lots of stuff to be moved and cleaned under as well. What the heck do I charge for the first time deep clean?

I work alone and this will take 2 days @ 6 hours per session, cleaning from the first end of the house to the last. I will also be washing all three bedrooms' sheets and putting them back on, doing a load or 2 of laundry, including hanging up, as well as light organization, as I go. I need to clean inside the fridge and the pool house bathroom as well.

I normally charge 30 per hour to clean and 40 per hour to organize. I want this to be a flat rate for the deep clean and a flat rate for the bi weekly.
What should I charge for the initial deep cleaning and then the general up keep b-weekly? Help!

I've posted some pictures of my work, just to show how detailed and insane I am when I'm cleaning. I am super detailed: marks on walls, doors, baseboards, windows, ceiling fans, under furniture, furniture cushions, etc.

Determining an Initial Deep Cleaning Charge
Determining an Initial Deep Cleaning Charge
Determining an Initial Deep Cleaning Charge
Determining an Initial Deep Cleaning Charge
Determining an Initial Deep Cleaning Charge
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December 14, 20171 found this helpful
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Charge for deep cleaning.

Step 1
I would charge 75 an hour for the first deep Cleaning then charge 35 an hour after that.

Step 2
Speciality cleaning like windows should be 40 an hour.

Step 3
I would charge a flat rate 0f 450 to 500 dollars for the first cleaning,since there is so much heavy work involved.

February 5, 20190 found this helpful

Is the 450 and 500 dollar is for one person doing the deep clean or does it includes more employees involved in this cleaning price


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December 14, 20170 found this helpful
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In my area, people charge by the job, not by the hour.

Step 1
Determine how many hours it will take you to do each job.

Step 2
Multiply that by the fee per hour.


Step 3
Add 10% extra for extra dirt or heavy lifting.


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December 24, 20170 found this helpful
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You seem to have already determined how many hours/days it will take to complete this job so why not use this and your $40 for the initial cleaning?

  • If you feel you can determine how many hours it will take every two weeks then use your $30 per figure for that service.
  • You may want to tell them that you will start out with that and maybe redetermine after two months as it may take less time (or more) than you can determine now.
  • Your initial clean-up may not have to be so complete and just do some of the extra things on your bi-weekly trips.
  • Windows are in a different category and you may just want a set figure when doing this job as it does not have to be done frequently.
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  • Always try to leave room for adjustments.

I would just like to add a suggestion.
ThriftyFun has members all over the US (and other countries) and you have stated the city and state in which you are working and there may be other ThriftyFun members in your city who could possible review this posting.
You are showing some very personal pictures that may not set well should your client become aware of this posting.
My personal suggestion would be to request ThriftyFun to remove these photos as they are not needed to answer your question.


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