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How to Set Rates for Move Out House Cleaning Services

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Some house cleaners like to focus on specific job categories, such as move in or move out cleanings. Determining a fair and profitable rate can sometimes seem confusing. This is a guide about how to set rates for move out house cleaning services.
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By 0 found this helpful
April 22, 2018

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?

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:

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*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.

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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By 0 found this helpful
April 26, 2018

I need to do a one time (move out) cleaning on a house with 4.5 bedrooms, 4 baths, laundry room, kitchen, playroom, dining room, and 2 living rooms. I will also be cleaning the inside of the windows, vacuuming, and mopping. How much should I charge?

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April 26, 20180 found this helpful
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First, are these a client of yours previously/currently, or were they a referral, new potential client? I think if someone is moving out - I think they'll pay money to prevent any additional move out fees or risk their deposit or they want to leave the place clean/spotless to be sold.

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I would charge what you feel is reasonable, but a little more than usual because you will be putting your all effort because this is an important date for them.

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August 20, 20130 found this helpful

I'm confused on what to charge the realty company I'm contracting with. This house is 26 miles one way which is a total of 52 miles. The home is a 5 bdrm, 2 baths, and is very very dirty. The home is has all wooden floors and everything is covered in muddy dried dirt, the doors, floors, and even the baseboards are pathetic. There is also a huge computer desk and love seat couch that have to be removed.

Just for the time I'll spend on the floors I'm guessing approximately 8-9 hrs out of the 16 hrs I'm calculating it will take me to complete the job. So actually there would be 2 trips at 52 miles each trip. I supply all cleaning supplies and tools. Please give me an average. I live in Amarillo, Texas and I was bidding along the line of 300.00 due to all the backbreaking work and hours it will take to get that place in a liveable home. Please I need an answer asap! Thank you and this also includes wiping down all baseboards, doors, and wooden floors.

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By Sandy from Amarillo, TX

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September 26, 20140 found this helpful
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Do not be afraid to charge $25 to $35 an hour on a move in move out hours. Remember that a move in house needs all cabinets and shelves clean, walls washed, every light and fan cleaned, and so on. Everything needs to be move in ready so the new resident doesn't have to do any thing. It is a lot of work, so you deserve to get paid right for it. I would be charging $375 to $425. If there is furniture, it would be more.

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By 0 found this helpful
September 23, 2012

I live in the southeast and was wondering if anyone can give me some tips on what to charge for a move out cleaning for a rental house. I know it depends on the size of the house. It will include a very thorough cleaning, drawers, cabinets, windows, plus appliances. Do most people charge by the hour, square foot, etc? Thank you.

By Marie

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September 5, 20130 found this helpful
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I charge by the square foot. I believe that 14 cents per square foot is fair to both parties. You get $280 for 2,000 square feet and that covers supplies, gas, etc.

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October 23, 2010

I am trying to determine how much to charge for cleaning after a move out. I think there are 2 people. The house is 3 bedrooms and 2 baths. What do you think? How much would you charge?

By jackie from Reading, PA

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October 27, 20100 found this helpful
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A move out cleaning takes twice as long as a regular cleaning. That would be 8 to 10 hours. In the PNW the going rate is $20 hourly in the suburbs and $25 to $30 hourly in the city. I give an approximate bid and then adjust for "surprises" when the job is finished.

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By 0 found this helpful
September 29, 2015

What should I charge to clean a 4 bedroom move out?

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September 30, 20150 found this helpful

Take a look at the place before providing a quote. If someone's moving out it could be just a normal cleaning job, but if the landlord / owner has to hire someone, it could also be pretty terrible.

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October 12, 20150 found this helpful

LOOK AT PLACE BEFORE QUOTE....... IM WITH YOU ANNE ON THAT

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By 0 found this helpful
April 20, 2016

I've been cleaning houses for 3 months now, but to pick up more business I passed out flyers to all of the realtor offices around town to do make ready move in or out homes. I have no idea how to charge for those and the last thing I want is to be underpaid and overworked. My mom suggested a certain amount per square foot. What should I go by?

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April 21, 20161 found this helpful

I can't provide a fee amount as you did not provide your location, however, as you are just starting out in your business, I offer this advice-it will seem just more work, however, I guarantee that it will enhance your professional reputation and business.

I caution you not to set any fee until you have considered these 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.
*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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