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post #1 of Old 07-18-2011, 09:19 PM Thread Starter
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Price for cleaning a 24 light chandelier

This person has money. I imagine even in today's market, the house is $1.5-2 million. They have this in the entryway. The ceiling is 24' to the top. The chandelier hangs on 8' of chain. That puts the top part at 16' and the bottom part at 13'. It is 4' wide. According to the nanny/housekeeper they want all the bulbs replaced, as 2 are out currently. It needs to be dusted, then wiped with a damp cloth. You have to see this thing... I figure at least 3-4 hours. I'm thinking $150 is my quote. I have a 10' aluminum step ladder. This isn't going to be tall enough. I could blow $262 on a 12' Fiberglass ladder at HD, but that still might not be tall enough... Then there is the over priced rentals. They want $60 or $85 for a 12', $90 for a 14' and $115 for a 16' aluminum per day.
If I have to rent a ladder and pay a helper, there isn't much in it for me. If I buy the 12'er, which I may never use again, I lose over $100. That's not likely. Right now I own a 10' 300 lbs aluminum, an 8' 250 lbs aluminum and a 20' 250 lbs aluminum extension ladder. I almost never use the 10'er.
Would you buy a ladder in hopes of using it in the future? Even though you lose money now? The rental seems like a rip off, but if I add $85-90 for the job, does that make it overpriced? Do I just pass on it?
Thanks for your input. I need to quote by 4pm (EDT) Wednesday, July 20.
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Did the job today for $175. Took about 4 hours. Ended up paying out $60 to rent the ladder. Worked out to 28.75 per hour. Good, not great. May get to bid on other projects in the future now that I have my foot in the door. The nanny/housekeeper paid me $80 in cash and the $95 due will be mailed via check.
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I know times are tough but I would not have done this job for any less than $50.00 an hour. But anyway, its done, money and experience in your pocket. Chandaliers suck real bad. Have you done the "Wet" method?. Its messy and sometimes leaves streaks.
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I agree partly with SpencerSvcs but if doing it again your price could be increased.
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If you don't have the correct insurance you could have gotten yourself in to quite a pickle for less than $150. Just think if for some weird reason that thing would have fallen to the ground. $$$$$$$$$$$

The reason I asked about insurance is because we were asked to do that one time. Luckily I had already talked to my insurance guy and he told me to never go up over 3 rings on a ladder. Looking confused I asked what 3 rings was. He said that is 3 steps up a ladder. The 4th step would mean I would need insurance for cleaning windows and not house cleaning insurance. So ya might want to check.
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And just so ya know... you could have bought a used ladder cheaper than renting it. Just food for thought if you need one in the future.
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