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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. That is the first part of the fee.
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).
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.
It is crucially important that you have a signed deal with your client BEFORE ANY WORK IS DONE. A simple contract will guarantee that your work is formally agreed by your client and you and your workers receive the agreed fee. The contract is especially important in this house cleaning endeavor.
There are many simple and free "house cleaning agreements" online; you can search yourself and consider this example:
Good To Remember:
*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.
*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.
Work for free or work for full price; never work for nothing!