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Question DetailsAsked on 12/12/2016

how much should I charge to clean the interior of home that is 2,000 sq ft?

I have just opened my own home cleaning service company and do not really know how much to charge to clean homes that are 2,000 sq ft and more. Please advise.

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Answered 3 years ago by Member Services


You need to charge a competitive rate or you will not get business - you can get some ideas on ballpark rates in the Home > House Cleaning link in Browse Projects, at lower left.

You also have to charge enough to cover your labor costs, overheads (both taxes and insurance and financing costs and such, and materials and vehicle and office and such) and profit - so yuou need to figure out how much it is going to cost you to do the cleaning, and how long it will take for specific tasks or types of cleaning for various size houses. NOrmally, you would get a feel for those numbers (especially how long it is going to take for different levels or cleaning and house sizes) by working for someone else for a period of time to get experience, and to learn the tricks of the trade.

Also - consider, for over 2000SF homes, you are getting into higher-end properties probably, and also more glass and mirrors and chandeliers and high ceilings and such - so may need some additional climbing and reaching equipment, and they are also likely to expect a higher standard of cleaning in high-end properties. You are also going to have to be sure you are well insured against accidental damage to property or possessions, some of which might be quite valuable. And some special cleaning materials or techniques for specific types of valuables - china, true silver silverware, stainless appliances, fancy tile or stone floors, tapestries and persian rugs and such, etc. There are also likely to be some unusual things to clean that you need to be sure if they are included, and figure out your charge for them - outdoor showers, pool house, outdoors decks or patios or such, sunroom/florida rooms, workout equipment, spa or hot tub or sauna, etc which you might not find in more normal size homes. I have seen "mansions" where a several person cleaning crew spends a full day to two per week cleaning, and sometimes an additional cleaning cycle after large parties - running many hundreds of $ per week, so be careful not to underprice - and if you can, do a trial cleaning first at an estimated cost, then renegotiate as needed once you have a better idea of the exact effort and supplies needed.

Answered 3 years ago by LCD

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