The Housekeeping Job Guide: How Much to Charge for Housekeeping

Pay rates for house cleaners

Now that you've decided to look into work as a housekeeper, you will want to figure out how much you would charge for your services.

Housekeepers generally need to look at the home to be cleaned in order to assess how much to charge. They set up an in-home consultation with prospective employers to get a better understanding of the home, the cleaning requirements, and exactly what they will be expected to do, in order to determine the correct price.

What to consider when figuring out how much to charge

  • size of the home (number of bedrooms/bathrooms)
  • frequency of cleaning (weekly, bimonthly)
  • number of people and pets in the household
  • level of clutter (can you access the areas to be cleaned?)
  • number of different surfaces to be cleaned
  • special requirements, such as cleaning windows
  • your level of experience
  • number of people cleaning (an individual or team from an agency)
  • whether you will be paid by the job or by the hour

Estimating what to charge for housecleaning services

  • To check what hourly rates are for comparable services in your area, go to and enter your zip code to see what other housekeepers are charging. Rates may vary greatly from one area of the country to another.
  • Ask other housekeepers in your area how much they charge for cleaning services
  • Compare their level of experience with yours, and then charge accordingly

Be prepared to negotiate with prospective employers in order to arrive at a fair price that reflects your skills and experience. As you negotiate, you will have to be clear about how much you want the work versus the price that a client is willing to pay. When starting out, it may be helpful to charge a lower rate than others and to build up a group of clients who will give you good recommendations. This will then enable you to raise your rates as your become known for your high quality work.

Once you have figured out how much to charge, and that you want to move forward to get a job as a housekeeper, you will want to advertise your services on and then prepare for a job interview.

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Comments (116)
I started cleaning a resort the main lodge has seven bedrooms and four baths i do the laundry just wondering how much i should ask for? I have been getting 70.00 dollars but i spend up to five hours cleaning at a time and need to know if 70.00 is enough. Also many of the other cabins have bunk beds that are a pain to make should i charge more for the bunk beds any input would be helpful thank you.
Posted: May 26, 2015 at 10:53 PM
I've been cleaning for over 15yrs. My family started a cleaning service & now I started my own the beginning of this yr. I had a new client the other day & his home is huge. 4br, 3ba, kitchen-extended kitchen, dinning room, family room, living room, wash room, basement, with 2 different rooms & bar area. When I gave him an estimate 3br were not included, dining room was not included, and living room was not included. He stated he didn't want me to bother those rooms. The estimate was for $125 & the first cleaning is always done by me so it can thoroughly be cleaned properly. I spent 6hrs there size alone you have your work cut out. The client is a divorced male with a ton of space. I ended up cleaning the entire home & the fee was now $225. He paid me $75 and said that he owe me $10 when he already knew the pay before the additional rooms were added. An entire day wasted but he called back & said I did a great job, better than the other cleaning service that provided a team of cleaners for $85 supposedly. I wasn't buying it.. He just wanted to get over on me. I did not like that at he want to pay me the rest of my money & would like me to continue to provide him service. I THINK NOT!!
Posted: May 12, 2015 at 11:44 AM
Krissi I just started my business,but was informed by an individual that .$17per sq feet is a good rate to charge. For renovation/new construction.
Posted: April 30, 2015 at 9:02 AM
I get social security $733 I pay rent of $400. This includes my cell phone. The rent was originally $500 but she cut it down to $400, if I polish and vacuum once a week do laundry twice a week and shower a handicapped man of 33yrs old five days a week three of those days I shave him. What should I actually charge this family for my you think I'm being taken advantage of. I've lived with the family since 1993 the mother passed away last year.I'm now 33yrs old.
Posted: April 11, 2015 at 1:13 PM
I used to work for a company that did construction cleaning for Suarez Housing & I also worked at a company doing residential cleaning. I personally loved my job doing the construction cleaning and was thinking about trying to get back into it on my own. I live in the Tampa,Fl area and there's been a lot of construction going on around here this year. When I used to work for the company we did a rough, including windows inside & out, 1st clean which included all the window frames & a 2nd clean after that & if need be touch ups. I have 2 questions. 1st, are the windows supposed to be included or do you charge extra for that and 2nd, how much should I charge per square foot? If someone could please get back with me on this it would be much appreciated. Thank you
Posted: April 10, 2015 at 6:11 AM
Hi, I started cleaning/running small errands for a elderly lady, she pays me 150.00 a week. Then she told her son/daughter in law about me. But she fibbed and told them she paid me 10.00 per hour. Then told me that she didn't want them to know how much she paid me. So, when they called that is what I told them. Big mistake!! My first day I get there ans there is a 3 page list of things to do including ironing and laundry inside frig, moving couches to clean underneath. This house is a 3 story home, with master bath and bedroom on the third floor, laundry in finished basement, 3 baths and about 2500 sq ft. It took me 8-9 hours to clean the first couple of times. Now it takes me 6.5 to 7 hours. I run up and down 28 stairs about 6-8 times, then less as I move my way down to main floor. Because their mom told them I was worth 15.00, I waited. Now, after 7 months, I feel I am being taken advantage of. I have yet to find any cleaner that does laundry. They do not do any laundry, so I am doing a weeks worth every time, 27 pairs of socks one week, 2 people, who wears that many socks!? They just sent me a text saying they were going to pay me, 13.00 hr. Funny thing is I was going to ask for 15.00 and extra 10.00 for every load of laundry. About 6-7 per week. This is a big house with wood, ceramic and marble floors. Every table is glass, two wine racks, tons of pictures on the tables and huge entertainment center (also with 6 glass shelves) 7 TVs, basement full of exercise equipment. I dust every ceiling fan, hanging picture/mirrors, change master bed sheets, clean inside the frig, put dishes out of the dishwasher away. Oh, the list goes on. Her list! Geeze, my mom made 17.00 hr. in the 80's. And she didn't do laundry. Am I wrong to want more money? I'm feeling a lot used! This home is about 25 miles away. Thanks for any input!!
Posted: April 05, 2015 at 12:43 PM
I currently work for someone and i was getting $125 now she moved to a 3bedroom apt and wants to pay me the same amount it should be more
Posted: March 04, 2015 at 12:13 PM
Val C.
Well Carolyn R.
If your complaining about that you had to go to college to make what people that clean make then maybe CLEANING is what you should be doing !!! I have been cleaning for 34 yrs, some of the clients I have, I have had that long ! I have always charged to little & many of my clients know that,they have encouraged me to raise my prices ! Having someone in your home is very unsettling for some people but having someone in your home that you can implisitly trust is pricless !!
Posted: February 27, 2015 at 6:05 PM
First off, it's sad that majority of comments were hard to read. People with poor grammar knowledge are expecting to be paid $30 an hour... no offence. Also, I was cleaning homes for nearly three years, I've just quit, it was supposed to be temporary job. My biggest mistake was starting off with lower rates comparing to "professional services". Even though I raised my rates about a year and a half later, my long time clients ended up paying less than the most recent ones, so new prospective clients would call and I couldn't take the jobs because I was stuck with a bunch of regulars that I've cleaned for for a while for cheap. Don't ever short change yourself, it will create a ton of issues and will be a huge discouragement for you. Cleaning services charge minimum of 25 dollars an hour here in Chicago.
Posted: February 21, 2015 at 8:47 PM
Carolyn R.
I had to go to college to make what you guys are charging. Gesh.
Posted: February 19, 2015 at 11:47 AM
God loves
Clean 3bedroom 2bathroom drive 45 min house was a move out foreclosed house i get he call to clean 5:30pm i get there 7:10pm and leave 11:15 and ask for 200 said he will only pay 125 for all size house he goes around and brags how the house smells like a brand new house .I'm licensed and insurance i am a citizen I speak English and proper one too. it's a hard job to clean other people mess but it's like this they need me and i need them that's it
Posted: February 18, 2015 at 10:49 AM
Maria M.
What is a fair price to charge a two story home that needs dusting, mopping, sweeping, changing sheets, wiping everything, vaccuming, and bathrooms. The house is clean, it just needs maintenance to keep it clean. The house will be cleaned 3x/week.
Posted: February 03, 2015 at 9:58 PM
Cleaning house is not easy for housekeeping I will always save the minimum wage is going to be $55 for hour each person that is fair to the customers and two employees and owner of the company I'm sure that is cheap A lot Americans trying to pay seven dollars for our sometimes they one's kind of funny but that's not why
Posted: January 30, 2015 at 4:32 PM
I did a hause with 3bedrooms they have dogs did ditches loundry mop,wax floor and steam clean dost the forniturer clean drop the 2 bathroom real del clean I stay a more than 8 h and she came a out paying me only 60 I fell Rob and won't do this againg
Posted: January 19, 2015 at 6:29 AM
I work at a home where a customer of mine take care of retired vets. I go help out with watching them feeding them help her with giving one of the clients a bath and serving him lunch. I also clean her house i clean to bathrooms, dust, mop, wash dishes. I would like to know how much i should charge her. If i can get any help i would greatly apppreciate this.
Posted: January 14, 2015 at 4:26 PM
so i have an opportunity to clean a vacation rental that is i have to clean over 10,000 square feet it has 2 dinning rooms 3 living rooms and 11 bedrooms, dust, mop, clean 6 bathrooms which 2 of them are only a toilet, sweep and vacuum, also she wants linens washed, dried, and ironed, after each guests leave min. 3 night stay.not sure how much to charge per time i have to clean average people staying in this home is between 10-20 each floor is approximately 2500 square feet also attic with 4 beds and basement where laundry and ironing is done. what should i ask for cleaning? i do understand each time will be different hours as to how many people and how big of a mess there was.
Posted: January 08, 2015 at 5:50 PM
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Rachel S.
i have over 10yrs of cleaning homes.WHY shoulnt i be paid by the job!! i bust my butt cleaning these homes.some of them have teenagers and there PIGS absoulte slobs.I 100% deserve the pay i get and its all by the job from $81.00 -to $250.00 per job. If some people would teach there children to clean or do it them selves they would relize what we HARD WORKING cleaning PROS really amazes me when some one wants to pay by the hour of 10bucks to come in and scrub the crap off there toilets,wash the floors that the dog took a dump on and pick up a million toys and still expect to only pay 10 bucks a hour.Thats not fair and a big slap in the face..When i go price a job i tell them up front i charge by the job not hourly,if they dont like it then i will leave...i have never done a poor job,i dont rush around like a lunitic like these so called cleaning companies do because there trying to do 5 to 7 houses a day.I make more doing one home aday and i work alone..i enjoy cleaning and i strive to do my best.its a hugh compliment when i get a message from my clients saying i do a great for all the cheapskates who want to insult us,CLEAN YOUR PIG HOUSE YOURSELF,I DONT NEED YOU OR YOUR LOUSY 10bucks a hour...if you look the average pay is 18-ahour if its hourly! to make money in this business you have to charge by the job and do a good job.All my clients are great except one family.but there getting better i think Someone said that we are not professionals because we r not a ligit buisness or bonded. How Do you think the so called big name cleaning companies came to be,they had to start on there own and build a clienttell then they became licenced or bonded,So SHUT UP. im a bonded worker nad i paid 20 bucks at my town hall to do so and you know haow many times someone has asked me if im bonded 0 a big fat its not neccesary so start...TO ALL mY FELLOW Cleaners out there GOOD LUCK AND have A GREAT MONEY MAKING NEW YEAR
Posted: January 08, 2015 at 1:29 PM
For those who said that even $30 per hour it's a lot money, call any cleaning company they charge around 60-70 per hour, for 2 hours minimum, and some of them use the same sponge to clean your house and 1 or 3 more houses, the same mop and some other details that I bet you don't want to know.
Posted: December 26, 2014 at 4:42 AM
Alexandra A.
Do I have to be bonded and insured to clean houses. It is only me cleaning now.

I just started cleaning houses.

Thanks, Alex
Posted: December 23, 2014 at 2:33 PM
Ok imma start this off by saying this.I see a lot of crap on this topic people saying this saying that you shouldnt get paid this or that I have a degree in this or that I'm a nurse and I dont even make that or this. Well guess what yall I am a nurse my self no I'm not a cna I am a RN I dont clean old people I dont clean nasty butts none of that crap I should be making $60 an hour being an RN. But I dont am I complaining not at all why I signed up for it. Me and my mother clean houses after work before work and days off.we do pay taxes we do have insurance we are license we are bonded none of that counts. So stop the bad talking and smash talking if you dont want to pay someone to clean your house then get off your lazy behind and clean it your self. Tell me this why does one not deserve making $25 an hour to come in your home and clean after your lazy ***? Why? So straight to the point we dont charge by the hour never have never will why? Why would we charge $20 an hour and the house takes us 1 hour ya right or even if it takes us 10 hours which is doesnt but see what I'm saying and ok now we charge this person $20 and hour takes us 1 hour and she tells her friend about us and says they charge $20 an hour and her friend likes that calls us up and wants our business we get there her house is smaller. Well thats not fair and we ant making money you charge on the house and that is why we drive nice cars live in a large home and live good. We have 20 clients a month. We charge for an example one house smallest home we clean is a 3bdrm 2 bt 1200sqft she supplies all cleaning stuff we charge her 40 if it takes us 1 hour or 4 we are still making money and that is basic cleaning no deep clean just basic if they want once a month cleaning then its a little more as one of our clients pays 300 a month for once a month but it takes us 5 hours and its a little over 3500sqft. So you see open up your eyes people and see what it takes to clean someone elses ness and when you get picky people it even makes it harder. Stay out of your clients business get in and get out with doing a good job!!!!
Posted: November 18, 2014 at 9:08 AM
Please don't call yourself a Cleaning Business or Housekeeper: if you are not a legal and that means Citizen and have a Business License,Insured and Bonded! Because you are a Criminal Period! You are the people that need to face reality! It is Illegal to work at anything and not pay Tax! It is really hard for me to believe anyone in these times would Hire anyone that is not a Legal Business! And if you do at some point you will find out why! especially if you think A Doctor should be paid more than a professional Cleaner ! And it isn't Brain Rocket Science it is science !
Posted: November 13, 2014 at 2:28 AM
I have 15 years experience ive been cleaning home and caring for kids and walking dogs... i charge 25-40 an hour for 3 hours.. 15 for an additional hour plus additional fees for certain things like walking the dog or driving kids to activitys so forth.. i see alot of people on here saying no amount of cleaning is worth 25-40 hr... i see it like driving sometimes 45 minutes to get to my clients i clean entire house pick up yard if needed wash dry fold and put away run errons pay bills grocery shop watch kids walk is it not worth it...u make an income y is it bothers u at least im not on government support... i work hard for what i get...oh and for those that are low income i do a sliding scale and disabled get discounts...
Posted: November 12, 2014 at 12:47 AM
I'm starting my own maps service, I was working for a friend and she would only give me 40 I would work from 8am to 8pm , I once for tipped from a customer and she used that add some of my pay. I did most of the work she did the bathrooms and that was it...
Posted: November 08, 2014 at 10:04 PM
Silver chic
I started cleaning 4 years ago with a friend who had a hysterectomy and needed the help while she was recovering. When I started cleaning with her she had 3 houses, over the course of 3 years we had up to 7 that we did together. My friend decided at the beginning of this year that she only wanted to help me with the 3 big houses that we do and that I could have the other 4 and anything I get past that I would take on myself. I was at the time pursuing a career in the Nursing field going to school and working part time at a hospital as a CNA. To this day I do 2 of our originals customers by myself and we do the other 2 together. I have a total of 9 houses I do a twice a month, which 7 of them I do on my own. All my new clients I've gotten over this last year have all been word of mouth referrals. Like I said when I started helping my friend my goal was to have my RN degree and do house cleaning just to help while I was in school. I now have been rethinking this career path. I never thought this little business would grow into so much more. I'm now looking at hiring someone to help me. I love the fact that I don't punch a clock, I have my weekends off and evenings, I'm my own boss, I also have 3 daughters with my youngest being 14, im able to attend all her sports and school activities. I charge any where from $20-$30 per hr. I feel like that is a fair rate, I do take a caddy of cleaning things but if they have their own I will use that. I love what I do and love helping people and giving them the freedom to not have to worry about cleaning their house.
Posted: November 08, 2014 at 9:45 AM
Listen, when comes to cleaning anyone house, it depends on how they live?
How much they want you to do. I try to be fair because I like helping people that need it. But when you are doing everything, well I get paid...
No one seems to understand what it really takes to take care of you, your house, animals, clothes, these are thing you earned and you want them to be taken care of, to know those thing are safe. How much is it really worth?
Honestly, it's not the hours or the time, it's how it's done...
If I could have someone to clean my house and I knew all my thing s where safe and my children had a great person to be around... Priceless...
I care about my job and really like do it, but when you complain, instead of ask, I'll tell you and then tell you, you need to someone else. I'm human I make mistakes. So treat your house cleaners like gold, they take care of YOU...Have a great day...
Posted: October 30, 2014 at 7:53 AM
Hello, well I have read some of your comments and like any other job, it cost money to clean. Cleaning products are expensive. I average about 500.00- 1000.00 a month for products and I use green products too. Then Gas and maintaining my transportation, insurance too. Do the math. So when someone says 25-50 an hr. don't complain, we really are not getting paid that much, then there's taxes.
Posted: October 30, 2014 at 7:37 AM
Elizabeth M.
I used to clean houses in High school and college and was paid minimum wages. I was fine with that because I had no other training in anything else.
Now 30 years later some housekeepers are asking 20 to 50 dollars an hour. Which I think is insane. The ones I've run across drive up in a 60 thousand dollars car hardly speak English, some are receiving food stamps or welfare, and I haven't ran across not one of them who wants to be paid above the table.
Everyone wants to say they are a cleaning service, but cannot provide any documents saying their bonded like a real cleaning service business.
Posted: October 27, 2014 at 12:53 PM
Julie R.
I need opinions on my case please.
I Don't want to go through my long story but, just need to know if I am being payed fairly.
I work for highly educated well earning couple.
Basically I'm being payed 730 per week for doing ALL and I mean ALL and everything for them. I am there at 7:30am till 6pm some times up to 9pm , 5 days a week. I do everyone's laundry , iron kids clothes only, do ALL house cleaning 2 times a week , take dogs to grooming , kids to dentist, doctors appointment, all of kids after school activities one kid only goes half day school other one till 3 and I pay all my gas expenses and ones a week driving 1 hour to get one of the kids to his activity. I buy groceries, gifts, bday cards, do all xmas wrapping . Basically any and everything that is required that a mother do.
Am I being payed fairly?
Posted: October 15, 2014 at 11:08 AM
I have just started a cleaning business, I have done a few jobs here and there. Mostly for military homes, those being discharged or transferred. My main target so far has been homes that are either getting ready to be moved into. or those of which clients are moving out, and just basically needs house cleaned for rent deposit or to prepare for sale. I have an appointment with a property management and developer to discuss a possible contract for his rental/sale homes. I do not know what to charge. Previously I been way underbidding myself and not making a profit. Can someone please help me in letting me know what is fair. My work is very detailed. Deep clean behind appliances.. inside and out of all appliances.. Windows, baseboards etc..I have 12 years experience in housecleaning, Starting out in hospital/nursing homes. to Motel/hotel and other cleaning companies, now adventuring off to start my own business, I am very passionate, thorough and very ocd when it comes to cleaning. I take pride in my work. but just do not want to over or under charge. I want to be fair for both our benefit. Any information would be great.
Posted: September 02, 2014 at 12:34 PM
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Tonya H.
I charge 30 per hour with a three hour minimum and 25 per hour every hour after.
I used great products and even move the appliances( fridge and stove) if able. I lift the hood of the stove if able. I organize and clean out the cabinets and closets. Who on earth would someone do all of this for 10 per hour? I have a degree in design and am a trained esthetician. I can make 45 per facial..a facial is much easier
Posted: August 26, 2014 at 5:50 PM
Susan G.
Wow Lisa M, you were not treated right from that house cleaner and I hope you stopped using her. Your home would not take that long to clean, I do hope you found someone who was reasonable.
Posted: July 30, 2014 at 10:05 PM
Some people think $10.00 a houris more than enough; if so than why don't they clean there own house
Posted: July 24, 2014 at 8:16 AM
If $10.00 a hour is plenty to clean your slop up then you do it!!!!!
Posted: July 23, 2014 at 10:03 AM
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Lisa M.
I could use some guidance, and it looks like this forum is getting a lot of traffic so I'm anxious to hear your thoughts! I have had a bi-weekly housekeeper for the past few years. To preface, I have a 5 bedroom, 3 1/2 bath home, about 2800 s.f., plus about 500 s.f. of finished basement, so it's a good sized home. My housekeeper that I had a couple of years ago charged $90 cash. After a while, it seemed like she was getting less and less detailed, spending less time here, and I was getting frustrated. I found a new housekeeper who ended up charging $80 a session and went with her and was happy with her attention to detail. She cleaned for us for a little less than a year, ended up getting a promotion at work, and stopped working for us. A neighbor recommended a woman to me, and I had her come over for a walk through and to give me a bid. She used to do housecleaning, but it seems like she's just getting back into the business again for personal financial reasons (I think she's recently divorced). Anyway, when I first talked to her on the phone, she asked me what I had been paying the previous woman just as a point of reference, though she said that she didn't know if she would charge me that much necessarily. She came and did a walk through, and was a little wishy washy on how much she would charge. She wanted to go by a per hour rate, which was different than the other 2 I'd had before. She wanted me to provide supplies, which I hadn't before. She said she thought that it would take her 5 hours and wanted $23 per hour or $115 for the regular cleaning. I said ok. She left, and then texted me back a couple of hours later, and said she'd thought more about it and wanted to see if I would be ok with paying $120 to pay for the cost of washing her cleaning towels. I was ok with the $5 but it seemed a little odd, so I suggested she just toss them in the wash here. She backed off on it, and in the end, so did I, I just paid her the $120 she asked. To back up a moment, so she said that she thought it would take her longer the first time she came, just to get a deep base cleaning. I told her I was ok with that, even though it had been on a 2 week cycle for years, I understood it might take her longer to get acclimated to a different house, and to do what she considered to be her base cleaning. So she wanted 6 hours @ $23 = $138. Her first cleaning session was while we were gone on vacation. When we came home, the house was sparkling. She left me a note that said that she hoped we enjoyed our beautiful home....that she had been there from 8 a.m. to "you don't want to know when, but it's all good!" I called her about a different question, thanked her for doing such a good job, and again she mentioned that we didn't want to know how long she was there. I asked her how long she was there, and she said she was here 12 hours!!! Ok, now that puts me in a very awkward situation. I didn't ask, didn't want, didn't expect her to be here 12 hours, and didn't authorize her to be here 12 hours. I didn't know what to do with that information, so I just sat on it until I thought more about it. Fast forward a couple of days, and I get a text message from her that says, "Do you have an extra box spring I could have? I needed a set but found the mattress today but box spring wasn't in good shape." This struck me as very odd, to say the least. I don't know this woman, she's cleaned for me one time, she's not my friend, and she's asking me if I have an extra box spring she could have? My husband instantly thought that she had been nosing around in the unfinished part of our basement and had noticed a brand new twin size box spring in there that I had intended to use for my daughter's bed but didn't end up needing. I texted her back and asked what size she needed, and she said twin. Whether that was how or why she was asking me, I don't know. I mulled it over for a day and then called her and thanked her again for doing that extensive cleaning on that first visit, said that I did want to stay within my budget for future sessions, but that I wanted to offer her the new box spring free to thank her for her hard work on our home. She was very appreciative. Today, she came for her 3rd session (first session I paid her $23 X 6 = $138 plus box spring, second session $23 X 5 + $5 towels = $120). After she left today, she texted me and said if I would agree, she would like for me to pay her $130 so that she can wipe down things and not feel so pressured to clean at a crazy pace. She says that she likes to go the extra mile, but really needs that extra hour since she comes once every two weeks. The house looks beautiful, but the way she is handling this arrangement is really bothering me. Again, it's not the $10 so much (even though at this point I would be paying $50 every 2 weeks more than I was paying before), but the fact that I'm starting to think that she's the kind of person that always asks for more, or pushes things too far, gets too personal, etc. It makes me feel like she lacks professionalism and good judgment. I texted her back and told her that I wanted to think about it, told her again how much I had paid each of the last 2 women (upon their bids), said that I was already paying much more than that. That I was happy with her work, but that I also had a budget that I needed to consider. She responded that I should let her know...take a look at the house when I got home and see what I thought. So I'm home now, and the house looks wonderful, but still. I'm feeling really uncomfortable about the way that this has gone so far, though I do appreciate her work. I also feel uncomfortable that she tells me things like her car broke down a week ago in another town and is unrepairable and so now she'll have to get a ride with her son, etc.....I feel like this is TMI, and I don't know if it's her intent, but it makes me feel like she's trying to prey on my generosity or sympathy or something so that I pay her more....
Posted: July 16, 2014 at 11:39 PM
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Felicia D.
my mom & I are wanting to clean houses on the side of our full time jobs as housekeepers at a hospital. A co-worker has asked us to clean her house. She has 3 beds, 2 baths & a finished basement--with a kitchen & bathroom. She wants all the carpets vacuumed throughout the house (including the basement), all bathrooms cleaned, both kitchens, the living room & all 3 bedrooms. Basically the whole house. We don't want to overcharge or undercharge. We've always cleaned my grandmother's house but this will be our first "actual" client. We live in Alabama. Here's what we were thinking of charging her but we need some input. $200 for the initial, $100/wk, $125/every 2 wks, $150/monthly. We don't know the frequency of the cleanings yet. How do these look? It will be both of us cleaning. And in the future does this sound like good amounts to charge for houses similar to hers? What about if we get clients with bigger homes--how much more should we charge? Thanks!!
Posted: July 16, 2014 at 1:24 PM
Tricia W.
I vow never to post or even read comments on here any longer. I am amazed at the complete lack of respect people have for eachother. Having a college education or nursing degree, which I assume is actually a cna certificate by your list of duties, does not give you empathy, compassion or obviously intelligence. Do not assume that someone who cleans houses is overcharging, uneducatedor underappreciated. my friend has a thrivinghousekeeping business with 20 clients that she has maintained for an average of six yearsshe has a college education speaks two languages and her customers absolutely love her. all of her business has come from referralsmost of the home she cleans our 3000 square foot or moreand I truly believe if she under charged people would not have respect for heror for the work that she does
Posted: July 08, 2014 at 1:38 PM
Tricia W.
Why in the world would you charge an hourly rate for cleaning? It should be based on square footage then additional for clutter (hard to clean places) and pets. That seems like a pretty easy place to start nationwide.
Posted: July 07, 2014 at 11:07 PM
Mildred K.
You don't have to get a college degree for this come on people .
Posted: July 07, 2014 at 3:04 PM
Mildred K.
These hourly rates are very funny to me . 10 dollars an hour is plenty.
Posted: July 07, 2014 at 2:59 PM
G Force Maintenance
To those who want it done cheap, weather you realize what I charge several things has to happen. Cost in using cleaning supplies, Bond, Insurance, Phone, web site, Hired personnel Taxes, Background checks, office supplies, equipment, etc.. wages are no longer 2.10 hr and 10 cent per gal gas was in the last century. When I read this you should consider our Overhead. Perhaps checking what your retirement adviser can recommend a program.
Posted: July 05, 2014 at 4:09 PM
You guys r all crazy. I'm a nurse. 4 years of college and 12 years on the job training. I take care of living people. Clean up vomit, bowel movements, urine, and many other bodily fluids. I give people their medications and communicate between families, patients and Doctors. Endless paperwork. I'm hit, bit, spit on, pinched, etc. on a daily basis by Alzheimer's patients. And doing all this I have the Indiana State Board of Health that comes in and makes sure everything that is done, is done correctly and to their standards. I go home almost every day with swollen feet and aching joints. I LOVE MY JOB, but with four kids of my own ( five if you count my husband) I needs some help around the house. I don't even come close to $40 dollars an hour. That is an insane amount to pay anyone for cleaning a house. There is not a housekeeper on this planet that should be making 40$ an hour. There is no amount of " hard work" cleaning a house that is deserving of that kind of money. ( unless you could clean the entire house spotless in 2 hours)
Any house keeper that is asking that kind of money is just trying to rip people off. Keep looking, cause you can find good honest people, who do an awesome job, for not even half that.
Posted: July 04, 2014 at 6:18 PM
What kind of insurance do I need to start my cleaning business?
Posted: July 03, 2014 at 8:47 PM
Posted: July 01, 2014 at 1:32 PM
Jesus R.
Faith, business is business !!! try to defending yourself. clean a house with details is really hard, so don't be afraid to charge between $150.00-$300.00 for the cleaning.
Posted: June 29, 2014 at 2:33 AM
I see your comments and wonder. I am on SS and do not make even $8 per hour. How am I to pay $25-$30 per hour to clean my house? Also I am concerned about being charged by the hour - not knowing how fast a person would work. I am not looking into paying a "professional" or business... just someone needing a little extra cash. No taxes are paid, it is just a cash basis to help both of us out.
Posted: June 27, 2014 at 11:20 AM
Susan G.
Faith I am with Maggie, your friend should have been charged $150.00, I would have charged her that as well. Somehow let her know she owes you more money,it is not easy to do, but your friend should not take advantage of your time and skill, which is valuable. You might end up having to point blank ask her and explain why she owes you money, or have her come to your house and clean it for free.
Posted: June 22, 2014 at 9:32 PM
Faith - You obviously did not do your homework on how to charge and it seems you are a very fast worker. A house like that I would charge $150 minimum regardless how fast you finish. In my area that 's the price for a 1 bedroom apartment. Business is business
Posted: June 12, 2014 at 9:13 PM
I was asked to clean a friends house and i went and looked at it and it was neat but it needed some deep cleaning and now its just maintenance and up keep and then they want me to clean the window seals and windows. they are only paying me 9.00 hr. I cleaned yesterday at that price and it took me 4 1/2 hours to just do the main things cause the house is so big, 3 brm and 2 full baths, 2 living rooms, an office, a dinning room and huge kitchen,all the rooms are huge, I only made 40.00 how do i tell my friend that i dont think its enough? I want to be fair to them but I also want them to be fair to me. Thank you.
Posted: June 11, 2014 at 10:04 AM
Its really amazing to me that there are people on here complaining that housekeepers shouldn't be charging 20-25 an hour. You do realize that there are no benefits, no retirement plan, no paid vacations, sick pay etc? Also in my 20+ years of experience the wealthier the client the more demanding they are and the less they want to pay. Hmmmm....interesting isnt it. Wonder how little they think their time is worth? If you can't afford to pay to have your house cleaned then maybe you should clean it yourself, like most of us housekeepers do. You say you need a housecleaner because you dont have time to clean.....We still clean our own houses and YOURS too, raise kids, volunteer, care for elderly parents, etc. This is the cost, pay it or not, your choice. My clients pay me 25.00 an hour because I do a great job and they can trust me and to them its worth it! All my clients come thru word of mouth, if you aren't willing to pay for quality work , there is someone else that will.
Posted: June 02, 2014 at 9:08 AM
Mrs khan
Posted: May 24, 2014 at 8:34 AM
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Jaclyn S.
Hello, a friend asked me to help him "clean" his house and offered to pay me what I think is fair...I don't know what to charge, because it involves MAJOR mess of clothes, stuff, papers, kitchen is a wreck,...there are two bedrooms, office, living room, 3 cats w fur and pee everywhere in the basement, kitchen, plus the full basement with piles of clothes on the floor down there, not to mention the piles of clothes on dressers, floors, beds... he is a friend, so I don't want to price gauge him, but at the same time it is A MESS and will be hard work.
Note also that he IS helping me,.. so, any input?? Please help!
Posted: May 20, 2014 at 11:54 AM
Hello, my sister and I are looking to start a cleaning business and want to know the appropriate amount to charge starting out.
Posted: May 07, 2014 at 9:34 AM
NSI Clean Worldwide Inc.
I own a cleaning company and yes many companies charge a arm and a leg and do a crappy charge. NSI Clean charge a flat rate of $20 an hour with free supplies.
Posted: April 29, 2014 at 5:16 PM
kimberly R
cleaning business for 35 years, absolutly hard work and no house cleaner should charge below $27 hour. I charge $30 hr. I know companies and indivduals that charge $45hr. $30hr is considered the going rate in colorado. some smaller towns charge $25-$27hr. my client rule is all things are to be picked up for cleaning, organization is not included. extras are added charge on occasion to keep place up, like baseboards and blinds which are time consuming and can not be done on a regular 3-4 hour cleaning job. my clients supply their own supplies but thats up to the cleaning business. I do not do laundry but will change sheets on a bed or put dishes away. the people that think any of this is unreasonable obviously have no clue. anyone that charges less than this is shorting themselves. your worth it, dont be afraid to charge what your worth. it may sound like alot $30hr, but in 3 hours that is only $90 for fast hard work and a clean house. AMEN.
Posted: April 03, 2014 at 4:44 PM
Clean Barbie
I just cleaned a mansion for a friend while they were on a vacation . I vacuumed dusted , moped and straightened . It took me four days to get it all done . Not that it was that dirty , I have a full time job also . What should I charge ? I'm new at this but plan to start my own business .
Posted: April 02, 2014 at 1:40 PM
I'm Currently Doing Some House Keeping For A Family of 7 With A 5 bed 3.5 bth Home. The Initial Cleaning I Would Charge 15 an Hour. After, I Would Never Charge More Than 10 Dollars an Hour For My Services. Yes, Any Job Can Be Hard Work but Cleaning a House is Not a 30-50 Dollar an Hour Task.
Posted: April 02, 2014 at 12:20 AM
Dear Trinity,
You obviously don't know a thing about 'housekeepers, or how hard they work. Nor do you understand that Attorneys charge $150.00 an hour & up. Maybe you should do some research on the matter before you open your mouth & insert your feet. Your comments tell me you are not terribly sophisticated & that you're one of those people who want something for virtually nothing. Good Luck with that!
Posted: March 31, 2014 at 9:14 AM
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Trinity R.
Makes me mad people think they can charge 30-40 an hour.....not even some lawyers and docs make that much and most of the time its not taxed! And in my is the illegal houskeepers who work the hardest...but lately its crazy how much they want!
Posted: March 24, 2014 at 3:41 PM
Jennifer Henly
I started my own cleaning business and when I'm asked to clean a house it's a must to see the house before I give a price. I gave an estimate before seeing a house and ended up doing way more than expected and didn't charge enough. Seeing the place first give you an opening to what to charge. This way you can find out what the customer want done and you can let them know what you're willing to and not to do. I suggest start out at least $25-40hr or $225-300 for whole house depending on the size.Your work and time is as important as they want their house clean. It's truly not an easy job and you're worth it. Don't cheat yourself like I did in the beginning. If it was as easy as some people think, they would keep their own house clean. God bless your cleaning businesses. Willing to work with others who need help, email me!
Posted: February 27, 2014 at 2:24 AM
I am a stay at home mom who was offered a job to clean a 4 bd, 2 ba house. they have 1 dog and 3 girls ranging in the age of 5-15 and I don't know what to charge an hr. I have a pretty free range shift where I go there and work when I can for however long that I can. they are asking me to clean everything and do everything. organize cluttler and paperwork throughout the house and including basement. im also asked to do dishes, laundry, mop, dust, vaccum, and all other normal house chores..... please tell me what should I charge?
Posted: February 17, 2014 at 9:51 PM
I live in Texas, and Minimum Wage is $7.25. So, I'm looking for a live in housekeeper because the lady (who I was paying 250 cash every week), decided to go back to Columbia. I've been looking for a replacement and they're telling me they want $300 - $400 / Week. I offer live in quarters, for their own personal space, vehicle etc. WTH??? Not to mentioned most of them don't have legal papers. I'm an accountant with a demanding career..I just need help with the house. Not to mention this cleaning job is not "Rocket Science". But in the busy life of the Hard-working American people..we just don't have the time.... (That's all)
Posted: February 13, 2014 at 2:08 PM
I'm always unsure of what to charge when I'm cleaning a house of any size. I found that I would quote a price when I arrive to look at the job and then after I began the job I find that I should have charged more. How can I become more assertive in stating my price or can I go back to the customer and state I unestimated my origninal quoted price? Thanks
Posted: February 06, 2014 at 10:24 AM
Jesus R.
I charge 80.00 hour rate, 2 team members for move in/out, deep cleaning, first time cleaning, but regular charge a flat price, the customer choose what they want for the cleaning and know how much to pay already. Few factors, experience, company or under the table, Bonded & Insured is important to operate without risk. My regular charge for cleaning running between 100.00- 225.00 depend on size and service, weekly, Bi-week or every 4 week.
Posted: February 05, 2014 at 3:34 AM
I clean empty apartments (mostly) 2 bedroom 2 baths. Some take 2-3 hours to clH to clean others can take 4-5 hours to clean How much would you charge per hour.
Posted: February 03, 2014 at 8:38 AM
I charged a lawyer $40 per he to clean his 2 story office which is about 1800 sq ft
I like to know do you think that it was to much he thought so
Posted: January 23, 2014 at 1:01 PM
What should I charge for a 10,000 sq feet house? The owner rents out the room, I'm responsible for cleaning 7 bathrooms, 6 bed changes and all the deep cleaning, cob webs, ceiling fans, light fixtures, laundry for the owner, cleaning the ice box, keeping the indoor pool area clean, the 6 all glass doors, a work out rm, movie theater rm, game room and office. also the dishes as well as shopping for toilet paper, paper towels, cleaning supplies. we clean twice a wk, plus he's going to hit me with a 1090
Posted: January 17, 2014 at 8:24 AM
Nova B.
Hey so how much should I charge someone 1050 sq.ft apartment, doing everything. They have the supplies?
Posted: January 07, 2014 at 1:51 PM
Marc Zimmerman
$49.95 an hour
Posted: December 19, 2013 at 12:00 AM
I charge 50 a hour
Posted: December 04, 2013 at 7:30 PM
I have been asked to clean a 2 bed 2 bath home (unoccupied)Bringing my own supplies. How much should I charge?
Posted: December 04, 2013 at 7:24 PM
I wish I though of this career before going into nursing school and racking up huge debt for 3 years, much agony - blood,sweat and tears to get through the course, dealing with horrible nurses along side me every day and a difficult job on top of it. At these housekeeper rates any teacher, aircraft mechanic, nutritionist, subway operator, court documenter.. even orchestra conductor could've saved themselves the trouble of debt, climbing in the industry and daily stressors of their work where they are powerless to change whats demanded of them since they all make $25/hr. Incredible.
Posted: November 28, 2013 at 12:25 PM
Delores S.
yes what to charge for a first time cleaning on a 5000sqfthouse?on a biweekly bases i would charge 225. so double that for first time cleaning, I do beautiful work, detail everything but wash windows. thats another job!
Posted: November 10, 2013 at 2:59 AM
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Jessica K.
Ok what might be a good wage for a 7 room 5 bath home, responsible for EVERYTHING, from cooking and children to vacuuming, windows, mopping, pick up wiping down wall trims. You name it I do it. any ideas on a good hourly wage or salary?
Posted: November 04, 2013 at 11:25 AM
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Kari K.
Some people are good and charge by the hr. is not always right or seem fair..If you were to clean a 3 bed..3 baths..wash wood floors dust rooms of room room. Do laundry wash ironing. Put clean dishes away..vacumming.take out garbage..what would you charge??
Posted: October 28, 2013 at 1:36 PM
I have a 1600 Sq Ft home and I'm charged $85. It's a 2 level Single Family. 4 Bed room and 2.5 baths.

I am thinking of starting a cleaning business myself. I wouldn't charge less than $30/hour. I plan on being bonded and insured. I'd only hire people that can speak fluent English.
Posted: October 09, 2013 at 5:17 AM
how much would you charge to clean a horders house?
Posted: October 02, 2013 at 7:03 PM
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Posted: September 16, 2013 at 9:53 AM
Kaseem W.
I am trying to start a cleaning business. How should I charge for house cleaning by the hour or by the job?
I have no partner its just me doing all the work.
Posted: September 15, 2013 at 1:43 AM
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Laura E.
I am trying to get a cleaning business going. I am working on getting bonded and insured. a lady called me to clean her 2 story house. I told her I charge 55.00 for one story and 75.00 for 2 story. She said that was too much. Was telling me I was not going to make it in the business. Can anyone help me with pricing. She wouldn't let me come look at her house first to give her the exact price.
Posted: September 12, 2013 at 8:34 PM
Valerie W.
i usually charge between 25-30 per hour because the owner usually expect you to do too much one cleaning job wants me to water her plants and clean the bbq grill and do all of the laundry all in a time frame, she rents out her house so one family has to be out by 11 and then another family checks in at 4 so I have to get everything done and be out by 345 at the lastest.
Posted: August 31, 2013 at 4:14 PM
little sister
A co-worker of my older brother has two empty apartments that need to be cleaned to be rented out. Although empty apartments sound easy to clean because they are empty there is a huge amount of work invovled i.e. light fixtures, window tracks, scrubbing walls and carpets,etc. I am a good cleaner and hard worker and would like to be paid accordingly but I don't want to offend my brother's co-worker or make my brother look bad by charging too much. How much should I charge?
Posted: August 25, 2013 at 7:43 PM
I have been asked by a friend to clean her home while she is away on vacation for 10 days with her children. The house is about 3700 sq. feet. There is a garage, 2 foyers, laundry room, 3 bathrooms, very large kitchen and living room, dining room and family room/study along with 4 children bedrooms and a master bedroom. They also have 2 dogs. They will pick up just a bit before they leave but it needs a good wall to wall, moving things to clean under them, dusting, mopping... pretty much like doing a spring cleaning on the entire home. I am very unsure what to charge her. I know it is a great deal of work and don't want to sell myself short with charging her very little. Please any advice on what I should charge her????? I am a fantastic cleaner and keep my own home with four children in great shape. I think that is why she has asked me... Any advice would be greatly appreciated. Thank you
Posted: August 19, 2013 at 3:37 PM
Do you want a mint
When I started cleaning I charged $15/hr, and quickly became busy. I now start at 20-25/hr. my first clients were so pleased with my work that they with out being asked have increased my pay. I think they are worried I will drop them. It is hard work, but I set my hours, and can refuse any job at this point because I have a solid base of clients. My clients hire me not only to clean but help organize and de clutter. Somedays I love it and other days I can't stand the site of another toilet.
Posted: August 16, 2013 at 10:12 PM
Jo Cotton
I would like to start a cleaning business...but I am uncertain what a fair price is for one person. If I am the only one cleaning, would it be better if I charge by the job or by the hour? If I get another person to work, what would be the best way to estimate the job cost, by the man power, hour or job or a combination?
Posted: July 25, 2013 at 2:37 AM
Laura M.M.
I am also looking into starting my own cleaning business. I really care about cleaning. I get really happy when I see my before and after.To thequeenofclean I live in Las Vegas and I hope to succeed as you have!!!
I wish everyone luck in their business and I hope I do well too!!!
Posted: June 28, 2013 at 4:22 AM
Tthaulin H.
In Virginia there are many high end clients who are willing to pay more for an independent contractor, especially if younwere referred.. You become more than someone who cleans their house you become a trusted and valuable employee that they simply cannot live without.. I charge by the house but my going rate is $25-35 per hour for basic cleaning and up to $250 per visit for whole house cleaning. Again remember these are houses that start off in the market for $400k. People value their homes and value coming home to a clean one. Never sell yourself short. We provide not just cleaning but peace of mind. How much is that worth? It's priceless.
Posted: June 12, 2013 at 5:51 PM
I started housekeeping when I was 16 years old in Las Vegas. I did mostly corporate housing and I charged $40 an hour. They happily paid it and referred me to just about everyone in the complex. By the end of 3 months I had a team of 20 teens who I had to train and manage. They each made $20 an hour. Why so many years later people are willing to do such a difficult and physical strenuous job for so little is beyond me. You'd almost make more working for a company than working for yourself at these prices. Don't sell yourself short. If everyone starts charging more they'll either pay or learn how to clean their own house. There are always people who are willing to pay what your services are actually worth.
Posted: June 06, 2013 at 5:16 PM
I am cleaning apartments after college students move out. I don't know what the previous cleaning people did, i do know it wasn't much. I see invoices from them (previous cleaning people) and they charged $15-$25 per hour. 2 hour min. These people didn't do any detail work at all. What should I be charging?
Posted: June 05, 2013 at 1:44 PM
How to charge for cleaning a dental office, what are some things I should factor in pricing?
Posted: May 24, 2013 at 8:52 PM
I'm just starting my business. I would like to know how can I get my first client, and if they ask for references what should I say?
Posted: May 16, 2013 at 10:39 AM
I charge $30/hour and tell them they can have there money back if they're not happy. I'm a detailed cleaner and have not had one person ask for money back. The key is to do a great job all the time.
Posted: May 15, 2013 at 8:54 AM
Hey Foolish Husband,

My wife and I both clean houses together as a part time business. We start with Sq. Footage of the home- .05c to .10c depending on the level of dirt, and clutter. That is for vacuuming, dusting, cleaning of counter tops, sanitizing of toilets and bathroom fixtures. Dish Washing, cleaning of: microwave, oven, refrigerators, cabinets, closets, polishing floors, windows in/out,= start at $20. each, depending on level of dirt and clutter. We do not do laundry due to time constraints.
Weekly cleaning is cheaper, Bi-weekly is a little more, and monthly is even more, One Time Clean is the most expensive, but there are breaks for one time if it is limited to common areas of the house.
Finally, travel time to the home especially in these high gas prices is $20. per trip.
So if you wish to determine what you are worth, charge accordingly, and trust me hiring someone to come in is going to be Much more expensive than doing it yourself. Cleaning is a difficult job, and done right is hard work.
On a more personal note, let the kids clean their own areas, and concern yourself with just the common areas, ie. living room, kitchen, den, your bedroom. They are adults and should be taking care of their own living space.
Don't be concerned with getting a pat on the back for everything, even at our home we do things as unto the Lord, so everything is covered by the price He paid for us. Little things done out of love for others is a gesture of Love. Never hesitate to be willing to be a fool for love... Good Luck, and God Bless.
Posted: May 08, 2013 at 11:03 AM
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Posted: April 24, 2013 at 6:10 PM
hello im just starting out in NC and is thinking about charging 20$hr with a min of three hours per week. is there a website where you can print out a sheet with housecleaning duties or a spread sheet
Posted: April 23, 2013 at 8:49 PM
foolish and taken advantage husband
I live in a 3 bedroom 2 bathroom tri level i am a husband of 29 yrs and father of 3 i clean our home from top to bottom we have me and my wife. 2 adult sons and son's girlfriend with there daughter.Nobody and i mean nobody cleans up after themseveles.I ask for help once ina while and if my wife tells me to stop complaining to my son's telling to shut up i told them hire a cleaning sevice to clean this house i refuse to to be the one that makes sure the house is spotless so please anyone could you tell me how much would someone charge to do what i do on a weekly basis just so i can prove to my wive what she is going to have to pay someone to do dishes,mop and polish wood floors,clean entire kitchen,2 bathrooms,livingroom front room and vacaum all carpetrooms i am sorry i am just fet up with everyone that live here thankyou
Posted: March 24, 2013 at 12:24 PM
How much would you pay a housekeeper to come to your house 5 days a week for 4 hours each day? All cleaning of house and garage, porches, watering plants, keeping stock of groceries and doing the grocery shopping, breakfast and lunch made, picking up dry cleaning etc? Basically
Running the home while owner works. No kids at home, but often have company for overnight stays using one or two of the guest bedrooms and bathrooms that will need to be cleaned after the company leaves. The house is 4,000 sq ft. If housekeeper is sick she will still be paid, plus will have 2 weeks paid vacation each year
As well as a day or two here and there throughout the year. I want to make sure I am paying a fair amount for a consistent work schedule.
Posted: March 06, 2013 at 1:48 PM
I been offer a job cleaning a home for my sister in law's employee. She wants to pay 60 dollars for cleaning twice a month. The house is clean and small. The problem I have is that she works with my sister in law and I want to avoid getting involved in any office gossip. Any suggestions.
Posted: February 19, 2013 at 4:21 PM
I have been asked to clean a home on a Sunday, which is my day off. I charge this person $17 an hr for 4 hours. Should I charge extra and how much for this particular day?
Posted: February 16, 2013 at 4:17 PM
Thank you all, ladies. You have been very helpful and I thing your prices are very fair.
Posted: February 11, 2013 at 11:28 AM
My nieces husband wants me to clean their house. It is at least a 40 minute drive. They have two dogs. A lot of dog fur. Stucko walls and ceilings . Needs a good first time cleaning. Then to keep up at least twice month. He did suggest windows. Any suggestions on the way to go about the payment. I realizd he and I need to treat it as ad business transaction. Please help thanks
Posted: January 29, 2013 at 11:47 PM
I started with cleaning 2 large houses and a office every week, they were paying me for the full 24 hrs a week I was putting in for only $8 and hour only $181 a week!?!?! Cleaning is a hard job and I don't let anyone try to screw me over, so even though they are my inlaws, I quit, so pay house cleaners what they really deserve and stop screwing us for scrubbing ur nasty toilets
Posted: January 11, 2013 at 12:08 PM
Residential cleaning in Texas
A good friend and I are starting up a cleaning business together. What I would like to know is, for the typical general cleaning, should we charge 20an hr? That's $10 each. I was thinking $40hr, $20 ea. sounds decent for two ppl however, is this price too much for the client? I'd like for it to be affordable yet I don't want the ppl to think that we're too cheep and not hire us bc of that. I suppose we can start out low then later up our price. Please let me know what y'all think.
Posted: January 05, 2013 at 10:01 AM
I have a house I'm trying to price. It is 3 bedrooms/3 bathroom,living ro0om,dinning room, and basement. It is 2800 sq ft. Any ideas???
Posted: December 26, 2012 at 1:01 PM
I just hired a girl that is charging me $65 for two hours. I expected 3 hours for that rate, but that's not what I'm getting. If she hasn't finished mopping in that time, she will drop the mop and run for the door. She leaves cleaning items all over the house. i.e. in the bathtub she'll leave a sponge and the spray bottle, she leaves the vacuum in the middle of the living room and the Pledge with a rag wherever she last used it. Today she gets the talk. Times are going to get tough now. House-cleaning is a luxury. Housekeepers will be the among the first to lose their jobs, so I expect a much better job and no less than 3 hours of service for what I pay. I'm not a hard, meanie. I just need a service and want to get my money's worth.
Posted: November 12, 2012 at 6:49 AM
Erandy Yee
I have 30 years experience housecleaning I charge $30 per hr.
Posted: November 09, 2012 at 12:52 AM
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Elaine C.
I charge $ 15-20 an hour. Price is negotiable (depending) on the cleaning situation. But i will need to see the house before to give and estimate normally. In the beginning is good make it clear that your work is excellent and should be paid. But is excellent to charge 75.00 per 3-5 hrs
Posted: October 30, 2012 at 1:03 AM
Lisa F.
I am just beginning. I have been doing alot of research as far as duties and what to charge. Although I have plenty of experience it is startup business what do you do about references if the client asks? What did you ladies do to get started?
Posted: September 11, 2012 at 10:09 AM
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Posted: August 14, 2012 at 4:08 PM
I am trying to start a business and need to know about how much to charge at least a starting rate.
Posted: June 15, 2012 at 4:34 PM
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Sandra P.
Eva, just stick with what you normally ask for. If HomeDepot pays $8, then let them get someone from there. Cleaning is not easy. I stick with one price and a specific time frame. I will always be fair.
I don't walk/pick up after pets, this takes time away from the cleaning.
They can take it or leave it, if they don't like the price - they'll be others.
Posted: March 27, 2012 at 7:46 AM
How to deal with some customers that want to pay by hour base on sales business rates. example: if Home Depot's minimum wage is $ 8.00 hr. they offer to pay that amount.
Posted: March 26, 2012 at 12:27 AM
Diana E.
i will need to see the house before to give and stimate normally i charge 100 dollar to clean 4 bedrrom house 3 and a half bathroom it will be general cleaning maping dusting vacuum change beds kitchen outside only
Posted: January 08, 2012 at 9:53 PM
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Jo Dean B.
I charge per house if it's a reg. 3r.2b.$75 if it takes me 3hr. or 5hr.
if it is one time and is filthy $100.When I clean it's top to bottom.
Posted: September 11, 2011 at 11:28 AM
Sarah D.
I charge $20 an hour. Price is negotiable (depending) on the cleaning situation. General cleaning is : vacume, dust, polish, bathrooms, kitchen, (prefferably), no dishes. Sweeeping, mopping. POSSIBLY, some windows, such as sliding glass doors.I will do only what I can within the time frame I am given. I like to make things glisten. I pay attention to detailing. I will work for no less than 3 hours and usually no more than 5 hours. Waxing floors is extra. Childrens toys must be already picked up, (within) reason; especially in the bath tubs. I remove trash in waste baskets. I detail soap dishes and dispensers. The purpose of getting the clutter out of the way, before I get there, is so I can do the cleaning that is needed.
Posted: September 02, 2011 at 12:57 AM
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Lillian T.
My fee is 25.00 minimun 3 hours.

Posted: August 24, 2011 at 8:44 PM
Kathy H.
I will charge 15 to 25 an hour at least two or more hours.depending the milage and how big the house is.
Posted: July 16, 2011 at 1:57 PM
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