The Housekeeping Guide: Housekeeper Cost

Find out about pay rates for housekeepers

The cost of housekeeping services can be based on many factors and varies from one area to another.

It is usually necessary to have an in-home consultation with your prospective housekeeper/agency, so they can get a better understanding of your home, its cleaning requirements, and your cleaning specifications, in order to determine a price.

Factors that impact cost:

  • Size of your home (number of bedrooms/bathrooms)
  • Frequency of cleaning (weekly, bimonthly) and housekeeping
  • Number of people and pets in your household
  • Level of clutter (can your housekeeper access the areas to be cleaned?)
  • Amount of different surfaces to be cleaned
  • Special requirements, such as cleaning windows
  • Level of experience of the housekeeper
  • Number of people cleaning your home (an individual or team from an agency)
  • Paying by the job or paying by the hour

Cost estimates:

  • In a larger metropolitan area, for a medium-sized apartment or house, plan on paying at least $100 for cleaning twice a month.
  • In less populated cities or towns, for an average-sized house (2500 square feet), around $75 is a typical fee.
  • For a large national chain, monthly cleaning service in a three-bedroom, two-bathroom home, runs around $175 per cleaning.

Definitely ask your neighbors and friends how much they pay for cleaning services to get an idea of the going rates in your area. You may need to negotiate with the prospective housekeeper in order to arrive at a fair price, especially as your needs are specific to your home and lifestyle.

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Comments (98)
Margie B.
Lois A.

First of all, I want to say "more power to you" if you can fill in that niche. I for one would not want to be doing that kind of work, but like the saying goes, "one person's junk is another person's treasure." Not to say that that kind of work is junk, but it's very hard work and undesirable to say the least.
Secondly, I would strongly caution you against wanting to be paid AFTER the house sells. Don't do that! You minus well work you fanny off for nothing and not get paid. Do you really think that after months go by, if and when the house sells, that someone is going to get back to you and nicely give you the money for what you did? Don't think so...

Margie B.
Posted: September 11, 2014 at 11:53 AM
LoisA
Hello!

I have been gathering information about starting a cleaning service in a niche that I have not seen discussed.

My experience is as a cleaner for low-income properties that have had the residents evicted and are looking to be "flipped".

I have cleaned residences that were covered in fleas, tics, and other buggy type creatures.

Often homes that have had the occupants evicted have been deliberately trashed. I have found bathrooms coated in feces, refrigerators that have been pried open and stuffed with rotting meat, cabinets coated with sugar, honey, flour and unidentifiable material and the rest poured on the floor.

With rare exceptions I have been able to leave the units in sparkling clean condition after one single day of work. I have also, on occasion, walked into my shower at home fully clothed, bagged up my clothes, and burned them.

I am considering charging $250.00 for a two bedroom house, and adding $50.00 for each additional bedroom. My "hook" is that the payment would be due when the house is sold.

Has anyone else specialized in this kind of cleaning, and what kind of insurance would I need?

Thank you for your help,

Lois
Posted: September 10, 2014 at 11:11 AM
Chris Robidas
hi
I am starting a cleaning business in the greater Hartford area, my biggest challenge is trying to determine what to charge, by the hour? footage? does any one have any financial structure for a cleaning service that will point me in the right direction?
Posted: August 28, 2014 at 7:44 PM
Noname N.
I am looking to hire household help in the greater Boston area. We need basic housekeeping, cooking for a family, driving the kids to/from school. I don't know if this is a full time job, but I would think it is at least 3/4 of a full time job. This is a long term arrangement. What would be the price for such help? It would be good to have an idea about the pricing. Thank you!
Posted: August 27, 2014 at 2:19 PM
Magnolia Maid Service
Hello. I just started my cleaning business and I am ting everything to get my business with steady work. Does anyone know anything about bidding. If so please reply. Need work badly. I quit my daytime job to focus all my time to cleaning. Any pointers?
Posted: August 20, 2014 at 1:31 AM
Karen S.
I used to have a cleaning business, for 10 years. I charged by the size of the house. I placed a bid on the house after seeing it first. I didn't supply the cleaning supplies because each client had a preference,and especially I didn't supply the vacuum cleaner(the danger of bringing pests or strange bugs from house to house is a chance I don't want to take!) Also communicate to the client by leaving notes. Be confidential,dependable and follow through.
Posted: August 15, 2014 at 1:04 AM
Margie B.
Zeli,

Thank you for mentioning that you are from California. All one has to do is look at the price of homes being sold in California compared to the Seattle area to see the difference. I live in Auburn, Washington, which is about 25 miles from Seattle. There is Boeing, Microsoft, Amazon, the University of Washington, and Weyerhaueser which tops the list of major employers in this state. This is a good area to work as a housecleaner, but that doesn't mean folks are willing to pay housecleaners top dollar. Your minimum wage of $25 an hour for a very good housecleaner here, is good pay but probably wouldn't go very far in CA. And yes, we too have a lot of folks in this area wanting a "professional, hard working, make my house sparkle" all for $10 an hour.
Posted: August 12, 2014 at 9:28 PM
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Jaleisa W.
I am currently trying to start my own housekeeping business in easthampton ma. I have two years of experience with two different companies but it have found that I either work by the hour and make nothing or I work for a percentage no pay for mileage and one check a month goes straight to gas. With that being said that is why I am starting my own bussi was but am having a hard time figuring out how to charge someone for the service. I am not looking to be a small business forever I am looking to grow over time. Any business in easthampton, Northampton, Hadley, Florence, willing to help me better understand pricing or what they charge to find a median would be lovely. I have always dreamed of owning my own business and cleaning is my strength and I absolutely love to do.
Posted: August 12, 2014 at 8:46 PM
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Zeli B.
Hi my name is Zeli. I'm from California and in California I charge $25-$50 minimum. I've one client on the Silicon Valley and they pay me $850 a week to work 20 hours at their (4,000-5,000 sf )home . However, some people in California want to pay $10-$15/hr which is ridiculous!

I would
Posted: August 12, 2014 at 1:57 PM
Margie B.
Victoriana,

Please don't get me wrong, but I'm a little confused as to why you feel insulted. I don't know how many square feet the 3 floor condo was, but it sounds like you did agree to the $80 flat charge.

Let's break this down:

1. Upon the initial walk through, what did you see? I assume you did an initial walk through? Was your gut instinct telling you that two hours could easily have been spent on each floor?

2. Did you have an interview with the lady of the house (condo) after that to see what each of you expects from the other?

3. Cluttered rooms are part of the reason why folks hire us. Yes, it does take time to put rooms back in order, but that is one of the crucial points that needs to be brought up during the interview. I tell my to-be clients that a "busy" room will take longer to make it look nice, thus it will cost more. I have yet to have encountered an argument over that issue. If I had, I'd cut the visit shorter and politely explain that I don't think we would be a good fit as we disagree about xxx. But since homeowner's are paying you $40 to $50 an hour, I sincerely hope that you go far and beyond their expectations without a complaint. IF you cannot manage a cluttered room at $50 an hour, please give the job to someone else and find another line of work.

4. Every home that I have cleaned on the 1st visit always took longer. That's the way it is. The home might be a little dirtier and/or the cleaner needs to familiarize herself/himself to the routine. After that, put your mind on auto-pilot and away you go. One house (2,400 sq. ft.) in particular took me 7.5 hours to clean the first time. A flat fee is charged at that home. I have my routine down so pat that I'm done in 4 hours.

5. I think what you are trying to ask the rest of the housecleaning populous is, who's fault is it that you were paid $7.00, I mean $11.42 an hour? (please redo the math). Do not accuse the woman for underpaying YOU. She offered you a wage, a ridiculously low wage for the number of floors I'll admit, but unless I'm mistaken, in our line of work, we can either accept or decline a job and the wage being offered. So, without much speculation, I believe you are suffering from a case of being mad at yourself for having agreed to work for paltry wages. Surely, a person who "know's who they are", would indeed be insulted if they accepted less than $35 an hour. For the sake of interest, let's take a look at one occupation in Waltham, Massachusetts to compare its wages to that of a residential housecleaner. In Waltham, the average hourly wage for a construction worker is $31.75. I would like to see a housecleaner argue with a construction worker on the merit of equality there. Yes, cleaning homes is a very physical job but pales in comparison to construction and other work.

6. Finally, you may be an excellent cleaner, but your unprofessional attitude is probably what earned you the two stars. If you expressed your feelings in the same manner to the condo owner, as you did here, I would have done the same. As much as we dislike ourselves for mistakes we make, learn from them and move on.

Best wishes,
Margie B.
Posted: August 05, 2014 at 11:39 PM
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Victoriana M.
I was working for a family in Waltham, MA and only paid me $80.00 flat rate. She said her house cleaner went out of the country and did not come back. I accepted the job. It is a three floor condo. There are several furnitures that were so close together and very hard to clean when it is clutered. It took me 7 hours to do the job and I am very fast. That means she paid me a little over $7.00 per hour. House cleaning job is a physical job and although I am highly energetic and without any problem I can do the job. The problem I am having is that they insult me with the good work I performed. If these people reverse it, are they happy to be paid $7.00 per hour? I did not go back the next time they ask me to clean. Since I knoiw I am an excellent house cleaner, I charge $40.00 to $50.00 per hour for thorough cleaning since I work very fast, I multitask and get a lot of things done by the hour. I know who I am and I am not insulting myself accepting less than $35.00 an hour. I clean very thoroughly. I even noticed someone put two stars and I know I deserved 5 STARS! I do not know what benefit does she gets by doing this. Is it a mistake that she gave me two stars? When others gives me 5 stars for the work I have done. I do not think it is fair to receive two stars. I realy feel very insulted. It is a very busy place and there is always heavy traffic going in and out of the building and these buildings do not stay clean. It is a residential/ commercial building. I just want to express my feelings that I was not awarded the 5 STARS I DESERVED. I have been cleaning just like how the military train someone cleans in the AIR BASE. It means thoroughly cleaned when I clean houses and that is how I clean all my life!
Victoriana M from MA
Posted: August 04, 2014 at 8:33 PM
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Christina O.
I would give the client a bid depending on size of home but I end up finding people who want me to clean less than $10 hr. They want for less time but more to be finished which is hard me because I usually being taken advantage because of my sacrifice of doing risk of not benefitting. I would usually under classified worker of house cleaning.
Posted: July 24, 2014 at 3:27 PM
Ann B.
OMG- I love reading all this and boy do I wish you guys were near me!!! I live on Long Island in a very small modest house- it is actually 4 bedroom 3 bath but seriously- the bedrooms are 10x10 and 2 of them are storage. Anyway, we agreed to get a housekeeper to stop fighting and so I can volunteer one day a week doing something I love. I got a second job to pay for it. We had a couple that were meticulous and soooo sweet, if a picture was crooked, they fixed it if my bedspread wasn't perfect they fixed it. Boy were they awesome and we paid them 120 for 2 hours bi weekly 5 ears ago then upped it to 150. They moved and we got another group and they charge 150 and don't do half of the work they do, I am soo upset they didnt even was the floors last visit. No kids, 2 caged birds( they dont have to touch anything there), and we are neat!! They dont polish, they supposedly dust (didnt on last visit) and they broke something the last 3 times. I am not used to this, so upsetting I am afraid to find someone and have to keep going through this. They were a reputable company. What advice for finding someone who actually understands what clean means? I wouldn't be so upset if i didn't live paycheck to paycheck to pay for this.
Posted: July 18, 2014 at 3:54 PM
Margie B.
Celeste,
Is this house around 6,000 sq ft or what? I cleaned a 3,000 sq ft home with 4 beds 2.5 baths and had 3 dogs and 3 very messy females living there. It took forever to clean it.
I live about 30 miles outside of Seattle, WA. Just for a point of reference or something in the ballpark, make a few phone calls to local companies in the pretext of wanting to know what they would charge for x# of bedrooms, x# of bathrooms, ect. Keep in mind that those companies do charge more because they are bonded and insured. I'm finding myself doing A la Carte cleaning along with "entire home" cleaning clients. A few clients don't mind doing the vacuuming, or they will have their kids clean their own bedroom and bathroom. Imagine that! So with one client, I started out cleaning her whole house, then after a few cleaning, she discovered that her budget was a little tight, and having me was a luxury. So I went from charging her $25 an hour, to charging her by the room/job. This entails cleaning a 4 piece master bath (scrubbing the shower-not spraying and wiping clean), dusting vanity doors and main door, dusting floor molding, shark-steam & spray cleaning solution on vinyl floor, dust master bedroom, vacuum stairway and dust railing and moldings, dust hallway pictures, clean downstairs powder room, dust family room, vacuum area carpets and move them, vacuum laminate floor and spray clean them, and shark-steam & spray cleaning solution on foyer & powder room tile. Although I'm not working on the clock, it takes me 2 to 2.25 hours to do and I charge her a flat fee of $65. Breakdown: $25 for 4 piece master bath, $20 for living room/kitchen (dusting and cleaning laminate floors only) $10 powder room, $5 vacuuming stairway and dust railing, pictures, trim, and $5 to steam clean foyer. For a shorter amount of time compared to when I worked by the hour and cleaning more of the house, this ends up costing her $2 more. I am learning the hard way, that when I charged $25 an hour, which sounds pricy to many homeowners, being a fast and meticulous worker, I could get her 4 piece bathroom done in 35 minutes which was around $12ish an hour, compared to a flat fee of $25 which I charge now. I have made a worksheet for A la Carte bathroom cleaning for future clients who do not want the whole house cleaned. It is cleaning by the minute. Time yourself, and then multiply your minutes by .75. So a 35-minute bathroom at 75 cents a minute would be $26.25. As for the rest of the house, depending on the room and effort to bring it up to snuff, I would charge 25 or 50 cents a minute. I bring my own vacuum and supplies, so the next client would be charged that if I charge by the minute. This is very hard work on the body, especially bathrooms, which I'm sure you are aware of, so personally I would walk away from that 5 bedroom, 4 bathroom home for only $125. As a professional housecleaner, that is an insult.
Margie B.
Posted: June 26, 2014 at 1:16 PM
Celeste M
I have a small cleaning business that I have started.but I have been cleaning for the past 15 years I have been ask if I would do a detailed cleaning on a five bedroom four baths, living room, dining room, kitchen and clean the hardwood floors clean windows and kitchen for 125.00 is that a insult or what.my thing is where does these people come up with these prices or what do you think a fair price would be
Posted: June 17, 2014 at 10:07 AM
Michelle
Hi.this is my 2Nd go at my own cleaning business....i started about 6months ago &getting really busy...i had business cards made but found word of mouth is the best....i charge $25 hr in south fla...and after my customers see how i clean..they feel like there getting there moneys worth...you can make good money...but most important tips are...clean thoroughly..do a good job..not just surfaces..look up, down&underneath. .pull out furniture..be detailed....be honest&trustworthy...and be reliable...if you know what your doing,people will talk&tell friends...good luck&happy housekeeping :)
Posted: June 13, 2014 at 10:33 PM
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Yolette B.
I'm in Orlando FL ( Altamonte Springs)area and I'm having difficult time finding works on care.com, I mean I don't charge much about $15-20 per hr depending If I have to provide my own supplies, hopefully I get some work soon.
Posted: June 11, 2014 at 12:50 AM
Enid W.
This is E.Roxanne once again I live in Brooklyn.n.y.i can work in Manhattan not a problem, the Bronx, and Brooklyn.i do not work in Queens so I wont be available for no job in Queens so please remember.i do not work on Saturday's nor Friday's.i go to Church.so please understand my situation.thanks bye.
Posted: May 09, 2014 at 5:50 PM
Tammy C.
How much do you charge for your housekeeping? and How reliable are your housekeepers?
Posted: May 09, 2014 at 1:26 PM
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Karen N.
I have been cleaning 27 years. Started out doing new construction homes working for contractors which I liked more than cleaning residents. Its not dirty dirt on the new, but it is hard work. I done that for 23 years til the economy got bad then switched to offices. To get those you have to know the right person always helps. Now Im much older and have done some residents...but even though I do a good job cleaning is first to go when other things are their priority. Now Im called for special occasions, or a one time clean, cant hardly get weekly cleanings anymore. If anyone knows anyone looking for a weekly cleaning person I'd be interested. Hard to make any decent money when ur on your own and have once a month cleanings.
Posted: May 06, 2014 at 11:01 AM
Margie B.
To Deborah W. and all the ladies & gents who charge by the job/flat rate vs. hourly.
I read an online article where a husband and wife cleaning team said that they basically charged about $20 per room. That probably was not taking into consideration, the first initial cleaning. Most of the bathrooms I clean for the first time take me 1 1/2 hours. We are talking about wiping down light fixtures, all that white moulding, all of those white six panel doors, dusting off vanity doors, shower doors, ect., ect. It would be really hard for me to take a guess-estimate of some of these bathrooms. I pace myself the first visit so I don't kill myself. My most recent client texted me when she returned home from work and said that their Master bathroom hadn't looked that good in 8 years!
So my question is, for future clients, how is the best way to charge by the job? And, for my existing clients, 6 months the oldest and 2 months the newest, is it advisable to approach the client/homeowner about changing from hourly to a flat rate, or am I kind of stuck? Very soon I am going to start funding my Social Security, so I'll have to raise my rates a little for that. I have one home where the family thought they could only afford to have me come for 4 hours every other week. Home is 3000 sq. ft. Guess where they want me? Bathrooms of course! That is a lot of scrubbing and cleaning for 2.5 bathrooms, and some dusting too. The Mrs. originally said that her wish list was bigger than her wallet. Then I get an email asking if I had any openings in my schedule for another cleaning before the next visit. I truly believe that if you exceed a clients expectations, the work will come and they will tell others about you. My week is about 80 % filled with clients after starting 6 months ago. The only advertising I've done is hand out business cards to people I know, or those who happen upon me as I see the door of opportunity opening. In my immediate neighborhood, three homeowners hire me here and there when they have family parties, ect. They know me and trust me. A few wanted a cleaning person for a long time but did not want just anyone in their home. Make yourself known to your neighbors and start handing out your business cards.
Posted: May 03, 2014 at 2:05 AM
Margie B.
It is interesting to see what everyone charges. I quit my job as an Assistant Cook with our school district 6 months ago. Kitchen managers were not retiring so I was in a 3 hour spot for 4 1/2 years. For the second time in my working career I'm cleaning again and I really enjoy it. This time I know a whole lot more than I did the first time! But that said, there is ALWAYS something to learn. I test all products out on my home first and am constantly reading up on cleaning advice on the Internet. Some things work, others don't. If a client has surfaces, floors, ect, that I do not have in my own home, and I'm not sure how to safely and properly care for them, after the interview when I'm back home, I'm checking on it. I'll even email the company of said product/appliance. As for my rate, well, I'm charging by the hour which I'm still debating over. My first 3 clients happen to be three generations of ladies. I asked $20 an hour which was $5.50 more an hour than I was making with the School District, I use their vacuums and they put out their cleaning supplies if I need them. One is in my neighborhood, another 1 mile away, and other 6 miles away. After a few months I have been able to shave off an hour or more when I really focus and put my mind on auto-pilot. I am very fast and efficient, working smarter, instead of 100% harder. At the moment I am making $24 to $27 an hour. One lady gives me a blank check, another gives me a big tip, another, after seeing my detailed list of what I do every visit and how many hours, now leaves me a check for that. I'm there for less hours, same hard work, more sweat, just working faster, smarter & more efficient.
My next 3 clients were handled differently. Although I could still work myself out of cleaning job (underpaying myself for the amount of work I can accomplish in an hour) I currently charge $25 an hour. For our area, for a "very good cleaning person" that is about average. A few clients who were somewhat taken back by my fee, found out after the first visit that I value them as a client and leave their homes immaculate. I do things that they usually do not do themselves, and they appreciate it!
So now that I've been doing this for 6 months, I want to start funding my Social Security, which I believe, if I tax myself, that is 20% less of my wages. The one thing I hate is bringing up money--especially "after" being hired. All the families I work for are dual income, middl'ish working class, no sports cars in the garage. I know they are saving for their kids college, paying off their own college degrees, car and house payments. I provide a service which gives them peace of mind and less stress in their lives. So, does anyone have a suggestion of a good way of approaching a client with the topic of needing to raise rates in order to fund Social Security? This would mainly be for my $20 an hour clients. For the homes that are routine every visit, I could say that (1) I need to start funding my S S, and (2) a Flat fee will be used from now on. I do not want my clients to feel that I am cheating them, but I also feel very strongly that a fast efficient worker should not be penalized for getting the work done sooner. Cleaning homes is very hard work, hard on the body, unglamorous to say the least, but rewarding!
Posted: May 01, 2014 at 1:04 AM
Care.com Member Care
Hi Phyllis! Great question! Here's a great article that can help you out and hopefully put you in the right direction to get started! http://www.care.com/housekeeping-how-to-start-a-cleaning-business-p1017-q25989942.html
I hope this helps!
Posted: April 10, 2014 at 12:56 PM
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Eva C.
well, to all of you that are asking how much would you charge for cleaning a house, first you need to see how the house looks like (clean, dirty, or regular and how many people live in it) how many rooms, bathrooms, living rooms, or play rooms have (including the kitchen, office (s), or any additional room. Then, you need to ask the owner what are his/hers expectations (clean the whole house including windows, swimming pool, inside and outside, dust the blinds etc. etc.) light or dip cleaning, everything has their own price I clean a house (four rooms, three bathrooms,the kitchen (light work), one office,and one play room at first they asked me to clean the windows and the ceiling fans but it took me a lot of time so I talked to them about it and told them that I wouldn't do it next time they agreed with me because they saw me doing a lot of work, the first time took me 11 hours to clean their house but they pay me $350 then we make an agreement on cleaning twice a month for $160 per day ($320 twice a month)Since then takes me four hours to clean their house ( $40 an hour) I work for the best people ever) good luck!
Posted: April 01, 2014 at 4:14 PM
Cristina P.
I just moved to the WAtchung Nj area, and i need to know what is the fair price to ask to clean someones house? It seems no one wants to pay more than 10 to 12$ an hour.. I charge by the house !! I cleaned a one bedroom one bath today for 50$ and he thought that was too much, asked me if i could make it 40$ If i was to clean every week instead of every other week..
Posted: March 27, 2014 at 5:34 PM
Amanda
Hello everyone... I'm trying to get my own house cleaning business going so I can fix my own hours considering I'm a single mom of four and have school hours to think about. What would be a good rate to start out at to get clients so I can build my income. Also what would be a catchy phrase for business cards to get people to try me out. For basic cleaning like mopping and dusting and vacuum once of twice month is it better to charge by hour or a flat rate? Can some of u post some typical prices for average cleaning
Posted: March 25, 2014 at 4:49 PM
Phyllis W.
Hello everyone, my name is Phyllis, for the past 3 months I've thinking of starting my own cleaning service,and I don't know where to begin. I live in Kentucky, and I have over 10 years of housekeeping and office cleaning experience.Can someone please steer me in the right direction as where/how to go about getting clients
Posted: March 24, 2014 at 1:31 AM
Miss Annie
How much would be charge for just finished brand new 3000 sq.ft. construction house. It needs to clean the whole house including the windows and yards. The area is 15 miles away from my house. I live in Virginia Beach, Virginia. This will be my first time to clean the house. And I would like to start a cleaning business.
Posted: March 19, 2014 at 6:35 AM
Maggie R.
How can I find more houses to clean?
Posted: February 26, 2014 at 6:49 PM
Silvia
Hi I have some one who want me to work for her but the job include,do grocery,cook,cleaning and organized the house and she want to pay $15 for hour is that okay of how much I can charg for the all job?
Posted: February 26, 2014 at 3:31 PM
Deborah W.
this is a interesting forum I like, I have had my cleaning business for 25 yrs and I never charged by the hr, always by the job, basically I look at how many bedrooms are in the home and base my charge from those rooms, housekeepers are already under paid my wish is that all housekeepers would charge by the job, when you charge by the hr you are getting short changed!!!!
Posted: February 17, 2014 at 11:46 AM
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Stephanie N.
So I have this potential weekly client who owns a 12,000 sf home. 5 bedroom, 8 bathrooms. No indoor pets. They ask I do everything except animal care. What is a fair price to ask?
Posted: January 30, 2014 at 1:53 AM
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Cynthia M.
please somebody in florida(boynton beach), how much is the cost for cleaning a house of 3000 sq ft., 6 bedrooms,

urgent. I need a weekly clean.

thanks,

cynthia
Posted: January 29, 2014 at 1:05 PM
Member Care
Hi H.M. so sorry about this experience! If you had hired this person through Care.com, we would definitely recommend writing a review on their profile about the experience. You can always speak to a housekeeper before hand to get an estimate of how long she thought everything would take. Here's a great article too with some advice on How to Interview a Housekeeper! http://www.care.com/housekeeping-how-to-interview-a-housekeeper-p1017-q25990882.html
Posted: January 17, 2014 at 2:21 PM
H.M
I live in Tomball, TX. I had this Homejoy cleaning service charging by the $20/hr. I usually do the house cleaning on the weekend by myself. I booked four hours thinking that if I could alone get my house clean one floor, includes: living room, polish furniture, clean entire kitchen clean, fridge, microwave, dust, one bath room, cooking, clean mirrors, mop the entire first floor twice in four hours, and get laundry running, and empty trash from first floor. Four hours will be enough to for someone to mop once, 3 bath rooms, clean entire kitchen, simple dusting down both floor, clean carpet upstairs, change bedding. But this woman was like turtle. She only did one room down stairs, mopped,kitchen, 3 bath room briefly, laundry room, . I am not sure if that was honestly or what....My home is not that bad nor we have any pet. basically she worked supper slow and left my house half clean.
Posted: January 14, 2014 at 6:03 PM
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Tocarra M.
I want to know how much should i charge for 24hrs housekeeping
Posted: January 11, 2014 at 6:28 PM
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Elizabeth T.
This comment is for Denise N. who was discussing the Oreck and Dyson vacuum cleaners. My husband and I own a mid size flooring business in Phoenix and you ladies and gentlemen that use a Dyson vacuum cleaner in your own home or in business had better be careful vacuuming newer carpets.

Due to the Dyson's terrific suction power, some carpet manufacturers are stipulating that using a Dyson vac will void some carpet's warranty. We've been selling carpet that isn't quite a shag, but it's close and if you or your client has a carpet with a longer yarn, the Dyson's suction power has been known to damage the yarn's twist. Food for thought and it may save you an expensive lesson.
Posted: January 09, 2014 at 11:50 AM
Sonia
Hi all. I'm considering hiring a lady to come 2 times a week to clean our home (4 bedroom, 4 bath). I live in the Maryland area. Any suggestions on price range I should be looking at paying her? Thanks
Posted: January 05, 2014 at 9:11 AM
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Farah H.
Hi I have been in the business for 15 years. I find that professional clientele are far more likely to be reliable; that being said I had had a few that were any thing but reliable, calling to cancel at the last minute or not calling at all. I am blessed to have one client that though they travel extensively have me come every single week whether they are in or out of town. WONDERFUL PEOPLE. I charge by the job a bid. I go in and assess the home first. I usually charge a first time start up and then
the regular fee after that. My Mom has been in the Bus for 25 years and I started as her helper. to bid a job It is usually 20.00 per room, 15.00 bathroom. I am very specific as to what the job entails; after that it is extra. To make top dollar you have to be very thorough every time. You also need to put it in writing what you do and what you expect from your client as well. I have one client that was originally my Moms while there house is worth about 125.00 because of their reliability and generosity I have never increased their price. These are the type of people that send you more clients... I now hae a helper and I pay them 10.00 per hour. This one home used to take me 5 hours and now we have it down to such a routine it takes 2. so if I were charging by the hour I would be hurting myself.. So keep that in mind. But I can't stress enough be up front and remember this is a business,conduct it as such... If you have a client that keeps breaking your contract DROP THEM!
Posted: January 02, 2014 at 2:38 PM
Tammy K.
Hi There ! My name is Tammy, I own and operate a very lucrative house cleaning service in Portland Oregon. I have had my business for 32 years now, And have been steadily employed the entire 32 years, I think after reading several post, I feel a lot of you ladies are underpaid. Especially Shirley G, When I started my business in 1981, I was making $5.00 per hour. And working for regular folks. Now of course I have all professionals, Doctors Lawyers Architects Judges, Millionaires and Billionaires. So I find theses folks are so much more willing to pay the going rate, Although you better be ready to perform great quality work in huge homes, The going rate in Portland and suburbs is between 20-40 dollars per hour. And a lot of housekeepers here usually work by a bid not hourly. I also think with professionals as clients, I feel more confident in long time job security. Kind Regards To All ! Tammy
Posted: December 07, 2013 at 11:26 PM
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Patricia M.
I just want to say: THANK YOU care.com. I really love this site!!!!
Posted: November 19, 2013 at 9:36 PM
Snow white
My question & problem I run into is I work in rich areas where the houses are big.. There is no such thing as a a tub they have showers so big u could have a party in them. I have a 3 bedroom 2 1/2 bath home but it's all tile & wood floring throughout the house. I want to charge 100 upstairs 100 down stairs per cleaning because it is more time consuming to clean is that too much?
Posted: November 14, 2013 at 6:41 PM
Denise N.
I read the comment saying buy adyson not an Oreck. Neither of these vacuums work great. The Dyson is cumpersum and heavy and the Oreck just garbage. Meile is the way to go german built, with suction to last and adjustable for different surfaces. Its expensive but it does the work for you.
Posted: November 07, 2013 at 4:05 PM
Amy H.
elizabeth, id say from without looking it. then busting out tears??? no it wouldn't but i feel graduating lo
Posted: November 03, 2013 at 10:25 PM
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Crystal W.
I generally charge by the hour. I don't have a set rate simply because some households might have the same set up but the homeowners may be a lot messier or cleaner. my average rate is 20 an hour for a 3 hour job. 3 bedrooms, 2 bath home and the homeowner supplies all cleaning supplies. however I'm sure prices vary due to your location. I'd suggest looking up cleaning jobs on the care.com site for your area to see what others are charging it should give you a pretty general idea.
Posted: November 03, 2013 at 10:38 AM
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Michelle M.
I am a Housecleaner in the Seattle area, and I typically get paid anywhere from $25-$35/hour. This is reasonable to me, as we all need to make a living, and factor in traffic time (gas!) and cost of cleaning supplies. I have only had one client shop me out to pay $20/hour, and she doesn't know the team that will be coming through her home at any given time. I believe that discretion and confidentiality are important to most families, and most are willing to pay for that trust that comes with my service.
Posted: November 02, 2013 at 11:27 PM
Elizabeth T.
Hi Ladies my name is Elizabeth, I need to know what would you charge for a home with four bedrooms,four bathrooms living rooms, diningroom,familyroom,basement, and a classroom this is a very large home and I bring my own supplys. everytime I go to this home I always do a good job. what should my price be I feel that I'm being under paid please help.
Posted: October 28, 2013 at 11:22 AM
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Dawn E.
I am in California and since I am building up my clientele I have been charging 20 an hour, but in order to be able to pay taxes and cover my expenses I am going to have to start charging 25-30 an hour. I have a friend that charges 25 an hour plus a 10 dollar charge per visit for expenses. If you are going to report the income, which I suggest you do (one day you will probably need to tap into the social security benefits you pay into)you cannot work for less than 20 an hour. I am trying to target the areas that I know will pay those rates. So far I have got 2 awesome clients from care.com THANKS!!
Posted: October 18, 2013 at 7:47 PM
Fabienne P.
Hi! my name is Fabienne , i have a cleaning business and i live in West Palm Beach,Fl.I would say between $75 to $85
Posted: October 06, 2013 at 12:48 AM
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Sherry S.
I have a three Bedroom (strip remake beds, vac no dusting), 1 1/2 bath (thuroly clean both), Kitchen and Dinning area (mop, disinfect counters, dishes, oven, fridge in and out), Fam room (dust, vac), Florida room (sweep, mop, cob webs), just vac the Living room. How much per visit?????????????
Posted: September 30, 2013 at 6:51 PM
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Jolie J.
I just want to know some answer my question ! Do you think it fair to work at someone house and theen they throw a trick in it and want you to work at another house for less then 400 dollar a week(both houses for that amount and these are not small place inside?
Posted: September 26, 2013 at 2:39 PM
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Jolie J.
I agree with all of you because some people get housekeepers and don't appreciate the excellent of someone willing to come and clean for them. We as housekeepers have bills that we need to paid just like them and some of us have kids to. I have clean for military houses,paid family member,friends too and I made very good for 1-2 day compare(2001-2003) then a week time here. You know it nice to be able to come on this website to look for job. my problems is people keep there files on here know they found someone. I don't think that right. Love you all. no body want to pay the right pay.
Posted: September 26, 2013 at 2:34 PM
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Robin L.
I have cleaned homes for many years, I started out 20 years ago, at 10 per hour, as I worked hourly cleaning residential, models and new construction, back then for what I did was about average, now I charge no less then 20-25 per hour, as was stated before cleaning supplies, gas and depending on what kinds of mess you must clean, I'm am thinking no less then in the 20 range. And that's not for a 5 bedroom 5 bathroom, I would consider depending on if its once. Or a monthly thing some jobs if it is once may be better to bid by the job, just look at what needs to be cleaned and how dirty it is to start with, but to do someones house for the very first time, I always charge more as that. Is when the house is the dirtiest, ya know before you began your routine, but bidding correctly may get customer on a regular basis
Posted: September 17, 2013 at 4:10 PM
Mary C.
I also was shocked at the price quoted in the article. For a 4br, 4bath in Denver, CO I charge $100/week for five hours or $20/hr in general.
Posted: September 09, 2013 at 7:57 PM
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Lorena T.
I have to agree with some housekeepers here. With inflation,prices on cleaning had to go up too. Having housekeeping service in the U.S. is not cheap anymore. No one makes a living with the prices stated on the article,at least not in Florida.
Posted: September 08, 2013 at 11:31 PM
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Fiqirete R.
Thank you care.com
Posted: September 07, 2013 at 8:15 PM
Member Care
Hi Teresa,

We're so glad to hear that you are considering starting your own Housekeeping business! We actually have an article geared specifically toward this topic, with many helpful tips you may want to consider:

http://www.care.com/housekeeping-how-to-start-a-cleaning-business-p1017-q25989942.html

It's great that you are doing research and I encourage your to keep learning more to best educate yourself. I hope this helps!

Best of luck with your new endeavors!
Posted: September 05, 2013 at 11:47 AM
DK
Hi-6 yrs in the cleaning business based in central NJ. What ever works for you, however, $10 per room is a good start on what you charge each customer and this is someone in TX who gave me this tip with a million dollar cleaning business. Some of my customers do exclude rooms so I adjust the cost.
Carol R.- If people don't like your rate, they are not worth cleaning so move on. Network at community events, socialize at spaghetti dinners, pancake breakfasts, these really work, other organizations and friends will refer you.
Some people who own 3,000-5,000 sq ft homes do not want to always pay top $ and will pay less. $10-15 per room who will always chose someone how is lower than you, then they add to their list and pay the same. Never think you are always high, it may be the potential customer who set a price lower than your to clean your home.
For you and others: you do not need to be part of a chamber of commerce to attend some events to network and build your business. The best ads are the diner placemat ads, really. Some of my long time customers are from these ads. good luck to all
Posted: September 04, 2013 at 8:51 PM
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Teresa M.
Hello,
I live in the Dothan Al area and i to am trying to start my own buisness after working for someone for the past 10 years in housekeeping,i thought it was time to do something own my own(past time really).Any tips or advice?
Posted: September 04, 2013 at 9:23 AM
Carol R.
Hello,
I live in the Charlotte-Lake Norman NC area and I am trying to get my cleaning service started. I quoted 125.00 for a 5 bedroom,3 bath, 3200 square foot house and was told by the owner she had found someone to clean it for considerably less. What should I have quoted? Everyone I have talked to said they thought that was really cheap for that size house.
Posted: September 02, 2013 at 1:45 PM
Nikolett M.
Hi guys!

My name is Niki and I am really new in the business.I have a question.I have a family who has 5 kids and one dog.I saw their home it was really really dirty.Everywhere is the dog hair.They have 4 bedrooms, 2and half bathrooms, 1 kitchen, 1 dining room and 1 living room.What do you think ,how much can I ask for the house cleaning?Thank you!
Posted: August 22, 2013 at 7:41 PM
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Shirley G.
I hear you, Debbie....I also started my own housecleaning biz about 2 years ago. I have trouble with quoting prices when I go look at a home and feel I've underquoted several houses that I clean but not sure how to approach them about this.

I have one house that is a 4bdrm, 4bath, living room, great room, den, kitchen and dining area...not sure how many square feet but it is big and it takes me 4-5 hrs with a helper, to get it done. I am wondering what others would charge them?

They have carpet in all 4 bdrms and great room, granite floors in the kitchen/dining area and in all baths and wood floor in den and living room. I dust every room, vacuum, mop, make beds, pick up toys and clothes, clean 4 showers, toilets, a jacuzzi tub and empty trash, etc. I bring all my own supplies and they live within 5 miles of me. Also, my helper is quitting soon...going back to school so I will be alone unless I hire someone else to help me. I am currently paid $125 every other week by the client and worried about how I could keep it up if I tried to do it on my own...
Posted: August 21, 2013 at 9:55 AM
Debbie
I recently started cleaning after retiring from my past career job. It is rewarding for me to help others, but I am wondering if I am not charging enough. I live in central Ohio and travel usually 45 to 60 miles and don't get a surcharge for travel. I carry my own cleaning products, so if they don't have the needed cleaners, I use my own. At $10 per hour, I am making about minimum wage. At what point should I negotiate pay raises with clients? I have 4 customers that I clean for once per week for avg. 10 hr day (3 story homes, several bathrooms and/or 2 kitchens). As I was building my service, I wasn't working as hard, but since I have the last job (as of June and it is 2 days per week) I am tired at end of week.
Posted: August 19, 2013 at 5:01 AM
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Hyronda L.
My name is Hyronda and I reside in the Burlington, NJ area. I had a strict upbringing as a child, not that my mother was mean ,but a neat freak so to say. So yes we had all white living room furniture and carpet which stayed white. Even when I was between jobs, I still clean my home everyday just cause I feel that certain things should be done everyday such as bathrooms, kitchens, dusting and vacuuming, if you have pets 2 times a day maybe. My only disappointment recently was that someone was selling their cleaning company / client list of 8 people that generated $3000 a month which was only 3 days a week to work 4 days off. Well $9000 for the business was a bit pricy specially at a 1.5 months notice because the person selling was moving out of state. Well being it was in my area and I had the experience and everything was perfect, I tried my best to get the money together, and even offered the seller a financing contract with excellent terms to not only benefit her, but continue to keep her clients continued service. Instead she just let the business go and moved out of state at the end of July this year... Being that moving day was getting closer, she did lower her price to $7000, which I offered her $1000 a month for 7 months and an extra $500 in interest for the business payable via money order, direct deposit , or cashiers check... I charge a flat rate of $20-45 an hour depending on the job and house size which includes any service the customer wants. My customers have the option to use either my supplies or their own.
Posted: August 12, 2013 at 2:01 PM
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Deb C.
hi my name is Debbie I live in the boston mass area , My prices depend on a few thing well the first cleasning if its going to continue once or twice a week I usually charge a flat rate It all depends on how big the job is, How well the house is kept up . If it is in real bad shape then it might even take more than one day. .The price really depends on how much work there is to do. there could be a 10 room house that is really nice and well maintained that would cost less than a four to five room house. I cleaned and organized a cellar with a laundry room . It took me over 5 days to finish I charged $100. a day because she paid for everything . Ill tell you when I got through it was like a new home down in the basement they could never use it before I cleaned it then it opened up the basement for an office a room for the teenagers to have there friends over instead of upstairs making a mess and a nice laundry room with a folding table it came out beautiful needed some rugs and a lil paint and that was that. The entire family was happy with the job I did.
Posted: August 10, 2013 at 8:41 AM
linda
I cleaned professionally for over 19 years. you usually get what you pay for. I charged $30 an hour. I also used my cleaners because I tested cleaners at home to find the ones that worked the best, which I still use. I used the owners vacuum unless it was inferior. I cleaned all of the home thoroughly, not spot cleaning. I did laundry if asked. I was never let go and always complimented. the reason; I love cleaning and did an excellent job, I was told. my advice is; ask why they are a housekeeper,(shouldn't be because they can't do anything else) I have a good education and have done lots of things, but love cleaning. pay hourly, because most housekeepers will rush through it if they get the same amount for less hours. and unless they have very good, not cheap, cleaners, buy your own. get a good vacuum, Dyson if you can, not Oreck. check on their work, i.e.. fans,& hard to reach places, check for marks on baseboards and furniture. if you have pets, be SURE they really like pets or don't hire them. don't leave valuables out until you Know you can trust them, though most are honest. remember to give them a nice tip for Christmas and they will be happy to do the extra holiday cleaning. and one more thing; if you like their work tell them, and if you don't, then tell them....... once.
Posted: August 09, 2013 at 2:09 AM
Fabienne P.
Hi carol , I really like your post it makes sense to me but for some people it doesn't. How much you think in your experience I should charge for a 4 bedroom ,living room ,dining room, 2 bathrooms, car garage, 2 kids 3 dogs, 2 cats and a sitting area.
Posted: August 07, 2013 at 10:27 AM
Carole H.
Let's face it folks. We have only one body, two hands, two legs that can only bend, stoop, wipe, rinse, carry items, walk upstairs, stretch, and stand within limits over a given period of time. Cost/charge issues should include room size, the degree of clutter, and how well a home has been pre-maintained/cleaned over a period of time prior to our venture there. A filthy 1500ft2 house may take longer to clean/organize than a 3000ft2 well kept home. Seems to me that a good home maintenace manager must be able to calculate the time and bodily impact a home contract might require and charge accordingly with an additional fee for supplies and equipment usage. For example,if you are confronted with a room that is clearly filthy you need to be able to calculate the number of hours and the degree of your energy that it will take to bring it back again. Of course you must be sure that you cover all details really well in that time. I've been on both ends of the spectrum...both client and home manager. It never failed. When I did a good job after honestly telling the client the time it would take..they were satisfied with the results and I wasn't completely worn out..It helped me finish school.
Posted: August 05, 2013 at 3:11 AM
Fabienne P.
Hi Maanasi B.I live in the West Palm Beach area,it depends on where you live.
Posted: July 30, 2013 at 1:26 PM
Maanasi B.
I am looking for someone to come Monday to Friday to clean house (different rooms on different days), do dishes and laundry. 2-3 hours a day. How much should I pay?
Posted: July 24, 2013 at 4:04 PM
traci
I have a housecleaning business in Missouri. i have been doing it for 18 years. it is hard to build up your business and dont expect it to happen overnight. however if you stick with it and do a good job word ydownoyr business will grow. i am now turning down business and its all been by word of mouth. i charge by the job it ussually averages out to be 25./hour. i love my job and would not do anything else.
Posted: July 17, 2013 at 9:13 PM
Fabienne P.
Ladies I need advice, I don't know what else to do , i think I tried everything I could to make that business work, I even go to angie's list still nothing, what would you ladies suggest. Please I need your opinions . Thank You Fabienne
Posted: July 17, 2013 at 3:41 PM
Rhea A.
Patti, I know that pricing varies in different areas, but your pay would be considered very reasonable for this area. However, if you've been working for this family for a long period without a pay increase you may want to discuss that with them. Good people who help a family with housekeeping and childcare are not easy to find. You could discuss this with your employer. You now have a relationship with the family, and a working knowledge of their needs and preferences, which is very valuable in an employee. Best wishes to you!
Posted: July 17, 2013 at 10:19 AM
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Carmen D.
Hi my name is Carmen, I started doing housekeeping back in January 2013. I charge in the New York area $15- 20 an hour, to others probably they feel its not a lot. The way I look at it, I try to build a relationship with the client. For the first time cleaning, it's a deep cleaning. Or depends if it's an apartment or a home. If it's an apartment and depending how much there is to clean, it usually takes me 4 to 5 hours. If the client sees that I have done a great job, he/she texts me back to finish the other rooms. It all depends the condition of the home. I prefer to build clients first at the rate I give them. In New York the price range are higher demand.
Posted: July 15, 2013 at 5:25 PM
Carol L.
Depends on where you clean 25 to 30 and hour care.com is way off on a lot
Posted: July 15, 2013 at 9:52 AM
patti
need to know if im not getting paid enough!Im a mother or three grown kids with 6 grandkids, i have a husband and 2 dogs myself. i work 5 days a week, no week ends. i start my day by cleaning the kitchen. then i gather all the trash(on mon and thurs) i take trash to the road. then i gather all 2 adults and 3 girls dirty clothes and get started washing them. then i feed the 2 dogs.walk then so i dont have to clean up there mistakes. then i dust every in the whole house, its 3 story. i vaccum , mop.make beds( after everyone is up)
I love the family very much, at $15 an hour, 5 days a week without any health ins(that once was provided).dont seem worth it, but its a job. my summer hours are 10 to 3. school starts back it 8 to 3. at that time i drive kids to school, and pick them up(if they have app i take them there) sometimes not leaving at 3. i work to live , not live to work. just need to know if im not getting paid for the job ive been doing for years now.
Posted: July 15, 2013 at 7:14 AM
Fabienne P.
hi everyone, I own a small cleaning business I've done everything I could to advertise it ,like flyers, business card, mouth to mouth ,classified ads ,go local max.I don't know what else to do ,I am not giving up ,can someone give me some advise I would appreciate it . Thank You very much!
Fabienne from West Palm Beach.
Posted: July 12, 2013 at 12:53 AM
Lina
Professional house cleaners are independent contractors. Those individuals' hourly rates DO NOT COMPARE to a wage earner's hourly pay.

Perhaps, a cleaning company would pay an individual $12/hour for the work day. They clean a few houses per 8 hour day, they get breaks and downtime between jobs.

A professional house cleaner has expenses related to their business. They are a sole proprietor. For instance: transportation between house jobs, work clothing, self-employment taxes, social security contributions, health care, worker's compensation insurance. (House cleaning is physical labor.) Not to mention, cleaning supplies, necessary appliances, appliance maintenance, etc. if not provided on site. And, these expenses are all regular costs of doing business.
Posted: July 05, 2013 at 9:52 PM
beth
Hi! Just found your website,actually by accident. Am so glad I found it.. lots
of cleaning tips and valuable information... Am meeting with potential employer who needs a housekeeper.. Spoke briefly by phone and meeting her in next couple days to discuss fees and references... She does have a large colonial 4BR,3Bath.,living room, dining room, kitchen, and basement (office). Wants to begin with a deep spring cleaning: then, biweekly cleanings. Also, has wood floors and marble countertops. Thought I should do spring cleaning as hourly to familiarize myself w/ house and her expectations. Then charge by job biweekly... ideas re: price range per job for house this size? Also, should this spring cleaning be by hour or by the room since don't know what to expect. I appreciate any suggestions... Thanks...
Posted: June 03, 2013 at 6:12 PM
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Virginia R.
My husband and I owned and opperated a cleaning service once, but because of the bad economical recession things went down the drain very badly, but now I am thinking to re-establish my buisness. I currentely work with some clients in the Winter Park area. It is very important to let the client know that the first innetial cleaning is expencive then if this is a by weekely or every week job then you set your own price range especially if the clients have pets. If i have to suppily my own cleaning product this might be very expensive as wel, it is less expensive if the clients buy,s their own cleaning product, every clients who needs their place to be properley cleaned, they should expect to pay, a four hour cleaning company cannot and I will peoudely say do the job that I will do, if clients needs theit homes to be properley cleaned, then they should expect to pay their house keeper because cost of living is very expensive.
Posted: June 02, 2013 at 8:53 AM
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Pamela G.
I am on medicare and live in a small town in Arkansas. I pay $12.00 an hour, provide all cleaning supplies and equipment. My condo is about 3,400 sq. ft. I usually have 3 bathrooms cleaned,2 bedrooms, a small kitchen, small dining room, and 2 bedrooms that are not used. They just use a swiffer to clean those 2 bedrooms. I do give bonuses, gifts on holidays and special occasions. That is a good rate for this area.
Posted: May 31, 2013 at 2:33 PM
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Jodi P.
I cleans homes and I get paid 25 an hour or by job...
Posted: May 27, 2013 at 9:59 PM
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Roxanne J.
Yes I agree that clients need to pay more if cleaners have to have supply, and these homes are large and many bedrooms and bathrooms ,if we do upstairs one day and down stairs another day this will be fair to all, I believe cleaning a home is just as important to ones health as well as appearance to the invisible ,this kind of job is a task and it has many different kinds of areas to deal with. such as bedrooms living rooms bathroom mopping dusting swepting and dishes sometimes . I feel that cleaning homes condo apartment etc. take a very special person who is willing to put in hours and hard work should get paid for what they are doing and not by what people used to get years and years ago for doing so much for little pay.The cost of living has gone up gas has to and these new homes are getting bigger and bigger and the paid is still for some people is only $30 dollars a day or some time people tell me that they do not have enough money to pay cleaner to clean 3 bedroom and 3 bathroom house. and this is when I tell them I can not work for them until they want to pay a fair price.
Posted: May 23, 2013 at 2:16 PM
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Fiqirete R.
Thank you
Posted: May 18, 2013 at 10:34 PM
Mary Ellen B.
I think that the hourly rate is ridiculous for cleaning and the client does not provide the cleaning products. In today's market, they are very expensive and so are vacuums.
Posted: May 11, 2013 at 11:45 PM
Christina C.
I had a question I have a friend of mine she got a house of 3 bathroom n two bed rooms she wants
To have dusting done and polish all the furniture n mop n sweep all the floors
How much will I charge her for all that...
Posted: May 08, 2013 at 1:59 PM
Ma Cherry Residential Commercial Cleaning
I typical charge based on the size of the house and whether the client is supplying supplies or if I am. Also during my initial assessment the client and I discuss what areas are to be cleaned and I don't deviate from that assessment. I have a biweekly client where I charge $100 to vac, mop, disinfect counter area, clean two small bathrooms, a dining and family area. Then I have a client with a 3 bedroom home for which I do basic cleaning throughout. This particular client is weekly and very basic and I charge $125 per cleaning. I try to be reasonable and fair with my clients because they provide me with referrals that helps grow my business. I also do commercial cleaning as well and one client owns a restaurant which I clean and have now started cleaning his residence on a weekly basis...
Posted: April 29, 2013 at 10:46 PM
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Louise M.
i charge by the house! usually the first time is the hardest( and i don't charge extra either,) i'm getting my routine down pat and getting to know the house! doing all the woodwork around the house, looking for cobwebs, i clean like i clean my own house! plus i like to stay local too. (so i go by that too)! charging for a houseclean goes by how many rooms you have throughout the house! i think i'm very fair!
Posted: April 29, 2013 at 5:49 AM
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Susanne P.
Another thing to consider is not drive time but in the Buffalo, NY are our gas is $4/gal and I only expect it to go up during summer travel season.

Here's a tip, supply and demand. If I was low on jobs I was more flexible with prices. So you might be able to pick up someone willing to do it for $15/hr. Post something at the college with what you want to pay. More than likely if you really pushed the envelope and low balled them, then you might be told there is a price increase and if you don't accept they aren't too worried. So you might be able to catch a deal til business picks up?
Posted: April 20, 2013 at 7:14 PM
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Susanne P.
I started cleaning in college and later opened my own Residential Cleaning Business. Back then in 1991-1999 I was making anywhere from $13-$25 hour. However I only cleaned the first time at an hourly rate to establish how long the job took and priced my jobs on a flat rate. The range in my prices varied according to things like I brought my own supplies/equipment, customer provided supplies/equipment, corporate housing cleaning service paid considerably more (650 sq ft furnished apartment w/gally kitchen, 1B/1B including changing bedding and laundering towels and bedding for $75).

I am now re-establishing my cleaning business since my unemployment ran out and I can't find work as a Director. Whatever it takes. Point being, if I made $15 hour in 1999, $20/$25 an hour in 2013 is not unreasonable. I have injured my back several times cleaning and we have to pay for our own health insurance at a much higher rate than when I was in Corp World.
Posted: April 20, 2013 at 6:57 PM
Hazira C.
@ Diane O it depends where you live...
@ Stacy I work for less than $25/hour, even $20 is ... I don't know
If someone live in area for about 10/18 miles far from me, I will came for $20/hour, but if that persons have kids, they need to know that I have kid too, and I drop her un school around 7:15, and pick her up in 2:45,so that means,
from 8 am till 1:45, and after 3 pm I am available, on weekends all day...
Even who live close to me, can pay less ...
Posted: April 07, 2013 at 11:40 PM
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Alicia M.
I have a small cleaning business that I have started a few months ago.But I have been cleaning for over 25 years.I will say that some of these prices that other cleaning services charge are the top.I am very resonable.Care.com if right on it.
Posted: April 06, 2013 at 6:36 PM
Maine Y.
@ Claudia in your opinion what would be a fair living wage for a Live in housekeeper working 8 hours a day... weekends off.... food & shelter provided...her duties would Range from not just cleaning the home but Home manager Cooking Cleaning and running errands
Posted: March 17, 2013 at 1:45 PM
Claudia
Hello,I am a professional housekeeping and I believe you have to actualize this page and salaries or probably get in touch with real private agencies,I also think no one can make a decent living in the united states with those salaries!!!!!
Posted: February 21, 2013 at 10:10 AM
Stacy W.
I am not sure where care.com is coming up with these numbers. I live in a rural/medium income area and I do not know of any housekeeper who will clean for less than $25/hour. I currently pay $200/month for biweekly cleaning of a 2900sqft house.
Posted: February 14, 2013 at 2:31 PM
Diane O.
Hello,
i have 2 br 2 bath 1,200 square foot apartment. I need once a month house cleaning. I do not need any cleaning in either of the bedrooms and do not need laundry done. I need both bathrooms cleaned completely, including tubs, sinks, floors, tiles, and toilet, each bathroom is small/medium size. I need a full kitchen cleaning and mopping of the floor, our kitchen is medium size. I need stove and refrigerator cleaned inside & out as needed. I need vacuuming, dusting, Windex on windows and general tidying up of living room area.
I also prefer someone who brings their own cleaning products. I can provide my vacuum.

How much should i pay?
Posted: October 01, 2012 at 11:18 PM
Arthur C.
Having the King of Klean come in once a month is the biggest help for a working professional. He gets the biggest part of the work done and makes in between cleaning a breeze for me. He's a nice man and he listens!
Posted: April 14, 2012 at 11:08 AM
Leslie - Gals Dig It
I live in the country now, so I no longer have a housekeeper, but I can tell you that while I had one, it cut down on a lot of frustration with my family and freed me up to do the things I never got around to doing or ran myself into the ground trying to accomplish. A worthwhile investment.
Posted: December 12, 2011 at 2:30 PM
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