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Question DetailsAsked on 10/20/2016

how much do you charge for a first time clean 1500 sq ft house

washing dishes, doing laundry, vaccum living room , hall and cleaning 2 bathrooms

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You can find some typical numbers in the Home > Housecleaning link in Browse Projects, at lower left. Note there is a substantial difference between the various types or "depths" of cleanings - up to about 4-5 to 1 difference between a post-construction cleaning (commonly in the $1000 range for normal size house) and a periodic cleaning (commonly in the $75-175 range) in many cases.

1) Construction cleanup plus initial cleaning" which includes full multi-pass washing of ceilings and walls and all interior surfaces to remove construction dust and particularly drywall dust - plus all of 2) and below.

1) "Move Out Cleaning" which includes full ceiling cleaning (dust if sharp textured, wet clean if smooth), wall and door scrubbing or wet-washing as needed, plus all the items below.

2) "Deep Cleaning" which includes full scrubbing of tubs and sinks, scrubbing or mopping (as needed) hard surface floors, trim/baseboard cleaning, cleaning oven / stove and generally interior of reefer too - plus the normal "initial" cleaning below. Cost depends heavily on how cruddy the surfaces are, of course - especially backed-on oven deposits, grundgy reefer, or heavily limed or stained basins/sinks/tubs/showers.

3) "Initial Cleaning" which might or might not be an "Initial Deep Cleaning" including full scrubbing of tile and tub and sinks and appliances and such, or just an "Initial Cleaning" which includes normal cleaning of all surfaces normally done in a weekly or monthly cleaning but presumes dirtier than if it was seeing periodic cleanings - basic kitchen and bath washdown and toilet/tub wipe cleaning, mirrors, dust/vacuum, damp mop hard floors. Genertally does NOT include more than a wipedown on reefer and stove - no significant serious stain or baked-on material removal.

4) Periodic Cleaning" - same as 3) except does NOT include heavy scrubbing of anything other than small spot stains or sticky spots - just a basic wash-down and wipe up and dust/vacuum.

Unfortunately, each vendor has different definitions - and different level of attention to detail and spotlessness, so when getting a cleaning person/agency you need to define the scope of work (most of the better ones have a checklist that becomes part of the contract and that their workers check off as they do it). You can google for "housecleaning service checklist" for samples of checklists for the various "depths" of cleaning.

And be sure about windows - some will do interiors, some interiors plus exteriors on those they can reach from the ground or from inside, some few (normally those that are multi-person teams with a man on the crew) will do windows up to second story, not exceeding about 16 feet off the ground.

Rugs/carpets are also an item needing specific description - usually includes vacuuming, but for a "deep cleaning", "moveout cleaning", or "post-construction" cleaning would sometimes include shampooing, which the vendor might do themselves, might more commonly hire out to a carpet cleaning company, or might say you get that done by a carpet cleaner yourself.

Waxing of hard surface floors taking wax is also an issue - needs to be included if desired - usually part of an initial or deep clean only, but periodic cleaning might include a "mop and glo" type application if so specified.

Things like doing laundry and dishes, taking care of houseplants or caring for aquarium, cleaning of sauna or hot tub or such, cleaning of blankets and bedspreads and such that have to go to a commercial-sized washer or laundry service, mopping or hosing down decks/balconies/porches and cleaning doormats, washing exterior doors and exterior light fixtures, cleaning elevated or hanging lights/chandeliers, etc are also areas that can be included in your periodic cleaning if you so specify - some services will do those, some will not, so it becomes a matter for negotiation, and adding/deleting items on the checklist as desired.

My recommendation - never sign a long-term contract till they have done the initial cleaning and a couple of periodic cleanings if intended to be long-term service), so you can see what type of work they do BEFORE getting into a long-term arrangement - and be sure the contract has terms allowing you to back out without penalty if their performance becomes unsatisfactory during the course of the contract. Also, holding off on a long-term contract allows you to tweak the services to be provided - windows, waxing, wet mopping versus swifter, etc BEFORE you commit to a price.

Answered 3 years ago by LCD

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