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September 8, 2007

A woman holding a stack of folded laundryHow much should I charge to clean & do 3 to 4 loads of laundry? I get $50.00 now. I sometimes work 6 to 7 hours on the home.

Helen

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September 9, 20071 found this helpful
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I think it depends on where you live. I have one friend who charges around $10/hr to clean and another friend in another area who charges around $25/room or so but does a visit to the home to do an estimate before naming the price. If I were you I would call several home cleaners in your area and pretend you are getting estimates from them. That way you can see if you are getting a fair price.

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September 11, 20072 found this helpful
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Hi Helen,

I live in Sonona County, Calif. My neighbor cleans houses and she charges 15.00 per hr. She charges extra for laundry, windows and cleaning the fridge or stove. I hope this helps. She said she tells her clients that she is the cleaning person, not the maid.

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October 28, 20132 found this helpful
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I get $150.00 for cleaning a 4 bedroom 2 bath house with 4 loads of laundry. I also do the beds each cleaning.

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October 2, 201516 found this helpful
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I am the owner of a cleaning business in south Florida, we charge differently for deep cleans (anywhere from $200- $300 depending on the size of the home) and recurring cleans (anywhere from $105-$150). I used to charge by the hour, but people tend to add services on to what was originally agreed upon. I have made a Terms and Policies letter that I give to ALL my new clients and have them read and sign it...it states any and all charges for extra add on...not specifically what the charge is, but that there will be add charges for such things and all inside/outside windows, baseboards, laundry, etc.

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I have found this to be very effective and keeps everyone on the same page! :) I'll even share it with you, so you can make one similar, if you'd like...just send me a request for it thru my website under the "Feedback" tab!! :)

 
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June 1, 20176 found this helpful
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It sounds like all of you are working for free! I charge 35 to 50 an hour, didn't matter were you live, having your home cleaned is a luxury, you don't try and fit the price for them. I never work more than 4 hours. Cleaning companies charge 45 usually and pay the workers ten an hours. When you do it yourself you need to charge the same but your keeping all 165 fornthe house. Please stop low balling your self.

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September 25, 20170 found this helpful
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I charge at least $25 an hour for regular cleaning and I charge $35 if it includes laundry. You are letting this people off way too cheap.

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For the most part I give a set price to clean a house and make it clear anything outside of the scope of work agreed upon will be extra.

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March 31, 2021

How much should I charge a friend for folding three loads of laundry, only folding?


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March 31, 20210 found this helpful
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If you cannot find out the payment for this work in your area, then simply calculate how much time you need to spend folding at least one load of laundry, and then recalculate according to the hourly wages in your country. You can do a test folding to see how long it takes. It's just difficult to tell the exact amount of money without knowing where you live and what kind of clothes you will need to fold.

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March 31, 20210 found this helpful
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What are people in your area charging to do any type of house work in your area?
Can you estimate how long it will take you to fold these 3 loads of laundry?

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Are you doing these within your area with no traveling involved?
Is this a 'one time' job or will you be doing this on a regular basis?

If the job is in your area (no traveling - no pick up or delivery) and it is a one time job then charge whatever is the normal hourly rate for housework in your area. If you cannot estimate how long it will take then take the job with the hourly rate quoted and state the charge when finished. (This is a friend; right?)

If you have to do anything other than just folding the clothes then you should charge for that time also.
I see no reason to give a discount to a friend on such a small job and a friend should expect to pay the going rate but expect an excellent job.

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September 7, 2018

How much do I charge for 2-3 loads of laundry weekly?


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September 7, 20180 found this helpful
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Are you doing this as part of cleaning someone's house as where I am that matters and you should not add that much extra to do laundry because you toss it in when you get there and work on the rest of the house while it is washing.

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If this is not part of a housecleaning event, then in high end parts of town people charge up to $3.00 a pound. This is specific to western PA, places like California, NY and TX I am sure it is way more than that! Pittsburgh is moderate to low in pricing for most services.

See what your local laundromats that have this service charge and that will give you what people in your area are willing to pay.

You will have to add money for pick up and delivery. That depends on where you live also and can range from $5 to $10 a trip.

Wishing you all the best!

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September 7, 20180 found this helpful
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1. Are you doing laundry only? Or do you also clean the house or is the laundry going to be apart of the service?
2. Are you doing laundry at their place? Your place? Or at a laundromat? If it is not at the place then you would have to factor in gas + time.

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3. Do you have to fold the clothes? How long does it take you? Factor in time as well.

If you are doing this apart of cleaning service, you would run the laundry then clean, and come back to fold.

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September 7, 20181 found this helpful
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Laundry is usually charged by the pound. The dollar amount is determined by where you live. Visit some laundromats and see what they charge. If you are picking up and delivering laundry charge at least $10 extra.

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September 14, 2018

How much should you charge per load for folding only?


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September 14, 20180 found this helpful
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Every city is different...so if I tell you the Pittsburgh cost....which is up to 2 dollars a pound, and you are in California you would be way under charging...or if you were in a poorer area, the Pittsburgh rate might price you way out of the market.

The other question is are you going to be doing this as part of cleaning a house or doing the laundry? That is a whole different pricing structure...the latter, again, being calculated by the pound, while the cleaning is usually and hourly range that includes a variety of services.

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September 14, 20181 found this helpful
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I am assuming that you are cleaning someone's home and folding laundry is part of the job.
Cleaning people in my area charge by the job. They know how many hours it will take them to do that job, and what they charge by the hour.
You may want to investigate what other people are charging for similar services in your area, so that you do not under or over-price yourself.

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September 14, 20180 found this helpful
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Are you only folding laundry or doing any other cleaning services for the person?

Will you be doing something like a hourly rate with a minimum of x amount of hours.

Example: $10 a hour, minimum 3 hours so you'd have to do a lot of loads for them and fold to make it worth your gas too?

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June 8, 2013

What is the cost per hour for cleaning a house and doing the laundry?

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June 10, 20132 found this helpful
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I cleaned house for many years. I charged $30 and hour at the time I retired. This is a high cost of living, high income area. I was well known and had more work than I could take. Your reputation will be what allows you to raise your rates. In lower income areas the rate can be as low as $10 an hour. Keep in mind that the nature of the work only allows you to work for about 5 hours a day. It is a very concentrated workout. I never worked more than 4 days a week.

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May 17, 20163 found this helpful
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Never ever charge by hour you always charge by the job period

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December 18, 2020

I am starting a cleaning service and my first client wants me to clean their Airbnbs when a guest leaves and do the laundry such as the sheets and towels. They also wants me to restock the houses. They will have one central location for supplies where they keep their supplies.

I can take the laundry home and do it myself or I can take it to a service and do a drop-off and pick-up. I live in North Alabama, so how much do you think I should charge for each job?

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December 18, 20200 found this helpful
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You will have to see what others charge in your area. I would charge by the job, not the hour. Figure out your hourly rate and multiply that by how long it would take you. You might be better off dropping off the laundry, as they could give you a bulk rate, you would have time to take on more jobs and you wouldnt have the wear and tear on your own machines.

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December 19, 20200 found this helpful
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There are a few links that have average cost for cleaning and restocking. Average fees are $65 for smaller units and $100 for larger ones. Keep in mind if you have several bnb's to clean/restock ,you can maybe offer price difference discount if their are a few locations. If the locations require travel distance keep that in mind with your fees. Make sure this is clear in your contract. Here's help - www.guestready.com/.../airbnb-cleaning-fee - airbnbuniverse.com/.../

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