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Fee for a Move Out Cleaning

I've been paid upfront $100.00 for broom cleaning a 4,000 ft sq. home that I normally was getting $120 for while they lived there. It has 3.5 baths, 3 bedrooms, an office, a play room, full basement, and a 3 car garage. I've put in approximately 18 hours and wondering if I should ask for more?

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I cleaned all the glass shower doors, the mirrors, shelving in all rooms, and 2 refrigerators. I got several stains to come out of the master bdrm carpet with out a shampoo machine.

The owners went to live with family in North Carolina and are waiting for walk thru and closing this next week on an approximately $500,000 home.
I have no clue what this type of cleaning is normally getting. I feel my efforts are worth more than $100.00.
Thank you!

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April 23, 20180 found this helpful
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You don't give any information about your location so a price is difficult to recommend. However, I caution you not to set any fee until you have considered the basics. BEFORE any job or service, even if your client is a relative, friend, etc., you should protect yourself:
*Complete a thorough and detailed "walk-thru" to see EXACTLY WHAT YOUR CLIENT EXPECTS AND DEMANDS.
*Decide on a fee-per hour, service type, etc.

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*Develop a cleaning, etc., fee contract covering what your client expects re service (as thorough as possible) and exactly what you expect to do to complete the job. Your client and you must sign any contract before service. You can find printable simple contracts online and in Microsoft Word.
*State in the contract exactly what you will do if you find "other work" in your service that your client and you have NOT agreed to-such as: extra work you had not anticipated or more than expected work (tons of laundry, more than agreed cleaning, etc.). Will you simply list the problems and not complete them or contact your client re what she/he wants you to do, etc.?
This list is only the basics in deciding service and fees but is crucial if you want to be paid for what you will do.

Always Remember-
Work for free or work for full price; never work for nothing!

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April 25, 20180 found this helpful
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I cleaned houses for many years. A move out cleaning takes double the time it takes to clean an occupied home.

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Sometimes it can take more, but at least double. A lot of areas that dont get cleaned on a regular basis are exposed. It's a much tougher job.

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April 27, 20180 found this helpful
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You have been given good advice about what to do should you decide to take on any more cleaning jobs but for this job you have no recourse but to work on their conscience and ask for more money.

It seems you may not be doing very many cleaning "jobs" so since you have already accepted payment for this job, your only hope is to write them a letter and explain that you did not realize the "broom cleaning" would be this involved and would take this many hours to complete.

Give them a detailed list of the cleaning involved and how many hours it took to complete. Hopefully they will be honest enough to send you additional payment.

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You will have to decide if you want to list how much more money it should be or if you just want to accept their opinion. My personal opinion - let them decide since it is entirely at their discretion whatever they decide since they are under no obligation to do anything.

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April 23, 20180 found this helpful

This should have been discussed with the owners BEFORE you took the job. You should have researched what people charge around your area. Hopefully you will get more than the $100, but I wouldn't hold my breath.

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April 25, 20180 found this helpful

If you are willing to work for 6.66 per hour, then keep charging 120.00. If not, You need to double if not triple your charges. That 6.00 plus an hour wouldn't cover gas, lunch or day care (when/if needed). You will burn out sooner than you can imagine. I would check this article and then anonymously call companies in your town or surrounding cities and ask what they charge. I hope this helps.

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