Rates for House Cleaning?

My friend just bought his first home in the same city l live in and me being a stay home mom, l decided to clean their house before they move in. (For some cash.) I saw the house is a 2 story home and is very dirty. l have not ever cleaned someone else's home, but l know the time and work required. How much should I charge for cleaning a new empty home with 5 bedrooms, 3 full baths, including lots of windows. I will also be cleaning walls and a cabin.


By Miriam

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May 9, 20120 found this helpful
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I have cleaned houses for many years. For a move in/move out cleaning you need to double the number of hours you would usually need to clean the house. Add an hour because you are unfamiliar with the house.

Most houses that size take 5 to 5.5 hours to clean. Because it is super dirty you should add 3 or 4 extra hours. Time for washing walls would be approximately 5 to 6 hours. So you are looking at about 15 hours for just the house. Most people cannot clean more than 5 hours in a day because it is so strenuous.

High cost of living areas charge $30 an hour. Low cost of living areas can charge between $5 and $10 and hour. It just depends on where you live. If I were you I would go on an hourly basis. It is impossible to bid the job with so many variables.


Let your friend know approximately how much time will be required. People can be really dense about that sort of thing, and you don't want to damage a friendship. I would allow 4 to 5 days for this job. Good luck!

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March 9, 20160 found this helpful

You are the one person who actually talks about a realistic amount of time that it takes to clean houses. I feel bad taking the amount of time that I do when working on kitchens , bathrooms and floors. But I just can't seem to hold back and I must give it my all or nothing. I don't understand how some people say it only takes 3-4 hours to clean a fairly large home when it takes me 4 hours just to get through a kitchen and 3 full bathrooms. add the 3-4 bedrooms and living areas and I am up to 7 hours. That is a 1- 2 time a month cleaning. This is in california and I usually get around 90 dollars for that but I feel that its way too low but I like the family.

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May 9, 20120 found this helpful

I think you should charge them by the hour or by room.

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May 9, 20120 found this helpful

I would call a cleaning company in your area. If you don't have one in the area I am sure you can go online & find one.


Then charge a little less an hour than they do. Also check in your local paper under Help Offers. I am sure you will be able to get an idea of what they charge in your area.

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February 9, 20170 found this helpful

We just did a house like that charged $975

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May 19, 20170 found this helpful

How much should a charge for a house that haves pets cats and dogs haves four bathrooms kitchen leaving room and she was asking for dip cleaning

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