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I am cleaning a 2 story house, with 3 bedrooms and 2 baths. The house has been sitting closed up for about 5 years and I am going to need at least 4 people to come and help clean because all of the furniture is still inside the house and owner wants us to put it where it goes, couches in living room, table in kitchen, etc. Clothes and everything is laying around the floor, the person that owns the house wants to get stuff boxed up so that means that we have to sit there and pick and choose what we think is salvageable. We are cleaning the garage as well that is filled with boxes. What would be a reasonable price for this house. I'm in Louisiana.
Determining a cleaning fee
The first part of the job is the cleaning part. Figure out how many hours it will take you and your crew members to clean this house. It will take longer than a regular job because its been closed up. Charge by the job, not by the hour. See what other cleaning crews charge in your area.
The second part of the fee is to move the furniture. This is heavy work. Figure out how many hours that will take and multiply that by the going rate in your area.
The last part of the job is the cleaning out and organizing. Figure out how many hours and charge a flat fee.
Present the estimate to the client broken down as stated above
I read a recent article that the cleaning alone of an empty house that size is around $500 but you have a lot more work to do. I'd figure out all other work on top of that by hours and multiply that by your hourly charge (if you have one set). Of course then divide it up between you.
There are a number of different areas that would help determine the cost you need to charge to be fair but still make money.
These questions should maybe give you areas to think about before you determine your price but just be very sure everything you plan to do or not do is listed in a written contract.
Here are some statements for the Bureau of Labor:
The Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates that housekeepers, depending on the area, charge between $8 to $17 an hour. For instance, a housekeeper in the New York-New Jersey area may charge more than $17 an hour, whereas a housekeeper in a small metropolitan area, like Texas or Georgia, may charge around $9 an hour.
If you choose a professional cleaning agency, expect to pay more per hour. The average hourly rate for a maid service company ranges from $25 to $35.
A two-story, 2,200 square-foot home, housekeepers typically charge anywhere from $100 to $180 twice a month.
Keep in mind that most estimates you see will be for cleaning services either weekly or bi-weekly basis and a one time/first cleaning service is always more costly.