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08-16-2013 09:03 AM
bloun When pricing a house cleaning over the phone, you have to communicate to the customer about the price or time range. Some people will try to tell you that the house has been cleaned "yesterday" and it will be very "light" cleaning. You can verify that only when you get there. In any case, initial cleaning takes almost double the time of regular cleaning, especially if the house hasn't been cleaned for over a month. Initial or deep/spring cleanings are often charged on hourly basis. Regular cleanings are charged based on a flat fee. However, there could be different arrangements. We have a minimum limit for a visit, so some clients agree that we clean for that time and stop when time is up.

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07-23-2013 07:59 AM
HomecleanMiami I always ask when was the last time they had they're house cleaned by a cleaning service and age of the home.
1. This lets you know whether they have money for continued service or not.
2. Age of home is important, homes from the 1930's-70's have cracks all over that are not seen with the naked eye and there would be dust build up which eventually be all over the home.
3. Are there any animals in the home dogs, cats etc.
4. Location is a factor too, How many miles would it take you to drive there ? Are you in a big city where there's traffic all times of the day.
5. Bedrooms/Bathrooms
6. Pretty much bid on the high end with a clause, subject to visual walkthru price can be lower or higher. Which is reality, they tell you one thing over the phone and when you get to the location is something totally different.
7. See what others charge in your area.
07-10-2013 02:40 PM
gotitmaidtx I definitely charge per job. I have to do an in home estimate prior to even putting someone on my schedule. That way you can inspect home prior to clean, know what supplies are necessary and what is important to the client. If you do this, and set firm expectations going into the job it's a win/win for both parties.

I've had referrals that I took sight unseen in the past and they were nightmares,( and Underbid) we worked our tookis off for beans.. also.. and as a woman this is important-- I've had clients that "creeped" me out during the estimate. I was able to determine our personalities were not a good fit prior to adding to my schedule.

As for my fees they are dependent on depth of clean needed, frequency of clean, amount of supplies necessary to do the job throughly, and Actual man hours needed to complete. In the past, I lowballed to be competitive with the trunk slammers that work under the table here in Texas, and I've lived to regret it. If you work hard, and remain professional you will have more work then you can handle and get paid what YOU are worth.. not what some lowballer charges.-- Plus clients that adore you!

Good luck.
07-05-2013 01:40 AM
melvinpowell House cleaners commonly calculate their charges in two ways: a flat fee or a per-hour fee. I have not before heard of charging by the square foot, although some companies have one flat fee for houses under 2,000 square feet and one for houses above that.
06-21-2013 10:15 PM
jacksongirl I typically charge $20-30 per hour based upon how long it will take to be cleaned. First you need to do an estimate of the house to determine how long it will take to be cleaned.
06-19-2013 05:24 AM
bloun After cleaning a good number of houses, it becomes easier to estimate the cost of each cleaning. It is inevitable that there will be cleaners that will be charging less than you. You have to communicate clearly how your customer would benefit from your services, even though they are priced higher.

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06-19-2013 01:31 AM
lisadevis House cleaning business has been successful currently. Charge for residential cleaning varies from company to company, location, size of home etc. Most house cleaners take price hour to hour, on square feet, daily, weekly or monthly basis cleaning .
06-13-2013 12:39 AM
BlackTieCleaning Our cleaning prices are based off the hourly industry median, then we incorporated a flat rate price system based off the amount of bedrooms.
06-10-2013 04:57 AM
cleaningangels Its all depends on the place, area to be cleaned and how much work it needed for it. In our city we charge $25 to $ 40 per hour.
06-08-2013 04:39 PM
TLCdomesticservices Our rates are extremely competitive and value for money. Some companies will under cut our prices but the customer can more often than not receive a poorer service.

Our rates are priced at £12 for Regular Cleaning In London and £15 for One off Cleaning in Croydon,

Hope this helps.
05-28-2013 12:57 AM
lisadevis Mainly charge for residential cleaning depends upon area to area. The charges will not be the same for all. It depends on home size, cleaning frequency, owner maintenance and home materials . It also varies from per hour, depending on location. Clean Nation offers affordable cleaning service in the Seattle area. They offer a free service for one referral and give a certificate for a free 1/2 day home cleaning.
04-30-2013 05:53 AM
alexisalley I am agree that It depend on company to company. And also on various plan that offers to the client. Regarding your question on cost there are many parameters . We would need to know the condition of the house(heavy or light dirt) ,pets,square footage, location etc.

Thanks & Regards
Orbit Group
Commercial cleaner in Perth
04-27-2013 10:00 AM
AndrewWilliam Well not discussing about the rates but charging for cleaning a place can be done in various ways but if you want to select one then adopt that scheme which is followed in your area. Cleaning projects can be charged on the basis of calculating the complete area to be cleaned or according to the decided working hours which requires timely monitoring of the task completed and left. The fast cleaning solution is also one of the schemes in which more workforce is used for completing the project in a short time.
04-05-2013 09:46 AM
tomkent45 I agree, it depends on the area, how long it takes and how much work is
03-29-2013 01:28 PM
MaidsCleanGreen Depends on your area. Check out your competition to see what they are charging. I always charge somewhere between the low baller and the franchises.

The franchise cleaning companies are usually priced pretty high because of all their overhead and marketing. But the ones who price to low don't do good quality work usually also. So I always would price between these two.

Also you have to think what would be a price that would keep me going and getting up in the morning, what is it worth to me? What will keep me in business and make a good profit. Because if you price your jobs to low you will mentally fizzle out.

The good priced jobs always are worth it and you want to clean them forever! Don't sell yourself short!!
03-29-2013 09:10 AM
Maids a la Mode It really depends on your level of service. Our maids won't leave until the job is done, unlike the franchises that have a set time limit per house.
03-27-2013 12:59 PM
Preston Cleaners
Residential cleaning prices?

This all depends on the type of clean required, charges vary according to size of property etc
03-12-2013 01:39 PM
Originally Posted by tobycrabtree View Post
Basically it depends upon area to area. In my city they charge $20 per hour then it would be $240 and .04 per square ft.
That seems really low for a this a one person "company" or a legitimate business? If you pay your workers $10 an hour and add on all the taxes you pay and the workman's comp you'll find your really paying them $15 or more an hour. Add in the cost of cleaning supplies, equipment maintenance, fuel, office rent, marketing and advertising (minimum $5+ per client per cleaning), and your losing money. No office rent you say? It should be priced in your quotes anyways, because if your running a business you'll probably want to expand and when the time comes your jobs will not be priced right for the expansion. I don't charge by the hour, but if I did it would work out to around $35 per man hour. This means about $70 an hour for a team of two. You'll find that merry maids and other large companies charge as high as 90+ an hour for a team of two...with a typical house cleaning nearing $200.
03-12-2013 07:54 AM
bloun We price our services based on square footage, but take in consideration the number of rooms as well. Cleaning an extra living area or bedroom takes less time than an extra bathroom. You have to be clear on what is included in your services. For example, when you do move-out cleaning, in some cases it might be cheaper to repaint the walls than to wash them. So, walk through the house and note all the details.

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03-12-2013 01:43 AM
naturaldry oh and list the prices on your website!
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