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Question DetailsAsked on 7/11/2017

charge to clean 3,000 sq ft home, deep clean, 3 full baths,wipe outside appliances, 5 cats 1 dog, # of hours to cle

Dust 15ft ceilings, wipe baseboards n doors, 3 full baths top to bottom, wipe window seals dust blinds, clean hardwood floors n huge hardwood stairway, vacuum carpets, dust pictures n nick knacks, wipe outside appliances, clean crack between glass n wood on all tables, 5 long haired cats 1 lab dog, 2 adults, 1 time a month and how many hours should I quote to clean it all. I'm very thorough and clean at a good pace. Not slow. Only me cleaning. If you need more details, ask. I may have forgotten fomething. Thanks!

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Sounds like you are a service provider - so if you are capable of doing this job (i.e. have experience in the field) you should be able to figure the consumables and pro-rata share of tools and vehicle costs and such to get there and do the job - then figure applicable labor time at your selected compensation rate to do all the tasks needed, and (including taxes and insurance and employer share - or both shares if Schedule C company - of state disability and unemployment and workers comp and such as applicable), plus operating capital financing cost and desired profit to come up with a fee for this.

Asking for pricing info here is dangerous - if it is too high then you lose the job (and the possibility of a possible long-term client), but if too low then you lose your shirt on the job, or find you are making a lot less per hour than you planned. You should be pricing based on experience, not someone else's impression of the scope and your capabilities.

Pricing too low will also tend to lock you into that price down the road - too high and you might make off like a bandit but are probably more likely to lose the client forever. My recommendation - treat the first cleaning as a one-time deep clean to bring the home up to the point where following monthly cleanings will be a pretty uniform amount of work (except maybe in spring rains/breakup period if animals have access to muddy/wet yard) - so do the first deep cleaning to bring it up to a good standard, then hopefully the monthly cleanings after that (though that is a pretty long period between cleanings) will be easy to estimate. So, not saying these are appropriate numbers for your case, but maybe $300-400 range for the first time and pretty much a full day, then after seeing how much work that was (not knowing how long it has been since a deep clean), look at whether that sort of number is a fair long-term rate, or if something more in the $150-200 range will work for you, taking around a half day say.

You can also find a number of articles on costs and pricing cleaning jobs by googling this search phrase or something like it - 3000SF house deep cleaning cost

You can find some sample pricing information in the previous member questions with answers Home > House Cleaning link, under Browse Projects at lower left - but those are just "typical ballpark" numbers - and mostly for normal periodic cleaning, not repeated monthly deep cleaning, and generally not for 5 long hair cats plus a dog. The cats certainly add a lot of work, and make it a LOT tougher to have it looking good at the end of the job because their stray hair (including that which goes airborne during the cleaning) will end up on top of cleaned surfaces if you are not careful about cleaning sequence.

Note also - be sure to spell out/checklist what the "deep cleaning" includes, because at least in our area that also includes INSIDE cleaning of oven and dishwasher at least, and sometimes the reefer too, so be sure what the scope is up front.

Also get clarification of who supplies what equipment and supplies - vacuum, swifters, ceiling brush, buckets, semi-consumables like scrubbing tools and sponges and rags, consumables like cleaning chemicals and swifter pads and floor cleaner/wax, furniture/railing polish, etc. Can easily make a $10-20 per visit difference in your cost - plus if just starting out if you have to provide vacuum and such your up-front cost goes up.

Answered 3 years ago by LCD

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