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For a House 1600 sq ft, 3 bedroom 3 full bath, Needs Detailed Cleaning, Whats a Reasonable Rate?? How Do you charge? Based off..?

User in Las Vegas, NV
June 27, 2018

I get homes with the avg 1600 sq ft, or more, 3bdr 3f.bath, or more, They want kitchen cleaned, mop and sweep and vacuumed. I travel, I have my Own Supplies. Now when i give my rate of 180, or maybe more, for the 1st full clean, and if they want bi-weekly i charge 80... they say i charge too much. Thats the opinion of a NEW customer. My repeats LOVED my cleaning and say they are glad they hired me. But getting someone who doesnt know my cleaning is hard..I dont think my work is worth any less.

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I think it depends on where you live and the amount of initial clutter.  What you are charging seems very reasonable to me.  

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User in Prospect, KY
Oct. 3, 2017

I think you are charging appropriately

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how long does it take you to clean a 1600 sq ft home? I'm trying to figure out how much to charge here because I'm used to charging by the hour. I used to charge $15 and hour for a 1600 sq ft home but they also had basements so it took me anywhere from 3-5 hours depending on how much they needed done.

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I think so much depends on where you are and what the local going rate is.  That being said, you know what your time is worth and I wouldn't compromise on your worth.  If they won't pay you that much, and the market can handle your rates, you'll find a different customer.  I pay $10 an hour and and additional $10 for travel.  It's only $50 a week for my 2300 square foot home 3 bed 2 bath 2 adults, one  baby, and one dog.

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User in Orlando, FL
Oct. 3, 2017

I got  $250 this is the first initial cleaning. Then  it depends if it is monthly,  by weekly or every week the rates would be different  every two weeks will be $135. weekly 95 on a monthly basic 165 for me every thing is a five at the end. 4 hours is good in any house once you maintain it properly.

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$80.00 is what I charge for that size of house . and I think is a good rate not to expensive not to cheap. but when is 2 story house I add $5 more to the first time you always gonna work harder, after that is maintenance.

how long does it take you to clean that?

About 3 To 4 hours. Depend on how dirty is the house is like you getting a rate of $20 or a little more or hour

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That's pretty cheap.  I generally pay $125 for that level of work - honest good cleaning that's reliable.  

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It depends on the clutter level?125 +40 for basement 😆

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User in Algonquin, IL
Jan. 23, 2019

Then move on! Your references should speak for you. Yes people can find someone cheaper but they will get what they pay for. Besides how would YOU feel cleaning your best for someone who got you to lower your pricing?? There is the value of the job here. If they only want to pay you 75% of our rate, then offer to do 75% of the work! Just kidding of course. But you get my point.......

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Hello, If your work is that great. You don't need to charge less. You have to realize that a lot of people want a housekeeper, but can't afford one. I feel that your one time rate is reasonable and the biweekly is to cheat. Some people would prefer you to clean their house for free. You should call around to the different cleaning service such as molly maid. They are charging for the first time cleaning $85 an hour. Your price is cheap. You can advertise yourself on social media, website, business cards, word of mouth.

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I charge hourly and for whatever extras that you may need. 35/hr every house price is different. when i start cleaning i start my timer when i stop the timer goes off and i screenshot you my time and bill you after.

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I think that's too much but again you know the work that needs to be home I would charge 120.00 just based on what you told me but then again depending on the house and what needs to done

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Vicky in Brooklyn, NY
Jan. 23, 2019

Maybe those new clients are not in your target market, if you provide good services and you know you are worth it, don't budge. That is a lot of work. Maybe ask for some good reviews and references from your satisfied customers that states what you just said, they love your work and thing it is worth the money. Or maybe offer them a discount on the first cleaning and raise your future cleanings by $5 to recoup over time the initial discount. :-) Good luck.

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You are not worth any less! Keep explaining that the first cleaning is very detailed and time consuming. That's why I charge more for the first cleaning. And $80 for 1600 square feet is a steal!

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Your rates is ok. If you have regulars and you have agreement on your rate of services then you are doing well.

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Stick to your prices. I charge the same just about. I worked with a lady that only charged 50.00 no matter what. She has a lot of houses and I watched her clean wet areas with a spray cleaner, never did she rinse the rag to clean it off, she just wiped with dry and kept going. It didn't feel sanitary. When you get that person that adores you and are happy, it is worth the wait. Cindi

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Cheryl in Veneta, OR
Jan. 23, 2019

$18/hour/cash/detailing is time consuming = requires more money to do.

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i charge based o the condition, size of the home, and the time required. Plus if I bring my own cleaning supplies, how often the home is to be cleaned, and the jobs that are wanted done.

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Billie in Roxie, MS
Jan. 23, 2019

first time will be 170 but bi-weekly ill do 80 just cause im just starting

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User in Chico, CA
Jan. 23, 2019

Good for you. We clean homes because we enjoy helping people. They need to remember we are also doing this to make a living. I have had people try to tell me what I'm going to charge and I tell them NO. This is your job charge what you feel your time is worth

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Karen in Elkton, FL
Jan. 23, 2019

First deep clean is always more. Two bedrooms two baths can be 65 and up, so 80 for a bu weekly maintenance cleaning for 3 bed 3 bath is not a lot. If they are not comfortable with a flat rate, charge by the hour. That would be a lot more.!

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Your prices are reasonable. You should continue to work with clients with integrity, and who also value your talents. If someone is making a fuss over your prices, they will go somewhere cheaper and get what they paid for.

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Enjoy yourself! Do your best work. Keep your price.

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No they are being cheap and dont want to pay it should be the second time 125 not 80 the house is the same size isnt it? Good luck all the best. Vera.S

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You are totally worth what you charge! Don't let people make you feel bad for charging what you do when you've invested so much time and money on your business. Most people don't really know how much work goes into cleaning... especially people who are a little extra dirty. Also, try having some referrals on hand to brag about you to people who are questioning your prices. Show before and after pictures!

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Cassie in Concord, VA
Sept. 1, 2018

Hello. In my opinion, your price is high for both charges. However, I do not know where your location is. So if you are cleaning for wealthier customers then more power to you. If lower income families want your services, then maybe 15-20/hour is more reasonable? Good luck!

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Lois in Hampton, VA
Oct. 24, 2019

For Detailed cleaning, I normally give a rate of $25.00 an hour. Cleaning a home that size, and doing detailed cleaning is worth no less than $300.00-$500.00 first time, after that $180.00 per visit

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Most people usually would charge around $9-15/hr with variables. Since you are bringing/using your own supplies that can give you a little more breathing room for price, but maybe for newer people ask what they think would be a reasonable price, and try to work from there.

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First I would start by asking the home owner how often they would like us to preform a detailed cleaning and what exactly they would like us to detail. Also, does this specific home owner have their own cleaning supplies or do we provide them? Once we go over all these things then we can discuss a flat rate that is only applied for the detailed cleaning. For example if the home owner wants us to wipe wall's, blind's, all kitchen appliances, base board's, cabinet's, etc. and we provide all cleaning material's and the total time it take's us to do the whole home I would estimate the job to be $300.00 (travel time included)

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User in Boston, MA
July 18, 2018

17 an hour based on if its a full house and the amount of hours each day they need. Some clients may want 4 hours a day, well that's 68 dollars right there

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what is your hrly rate? people like knowing that instead of a full price

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What I have found to be most useful is breaking pricing down by room, and by the level of cleaning - then, not only do you have ways to make compromises that aren't devaluing your time, but the customers have a better idea of what they're paying for/why you charge so much. That being said, based on your description, the jobs you are describing sound like they'd fall under a "Standard Cleaning" in my pricing system. That would make three bedrooms, three bathrooms, one living room, and one kitchen cost $92.50. This also assumes that there is not a separately walled living room, or a porch which you have to do more than sweep on, and that they aren't having you do anything that would bump them to a deep clean - which is much more likely on an initial cleaning. Now, that ends up being not much compared to the competition in the area - so I'd say, given that I tend not to charge based on it being an initial cleaning so much as what I'll have to do, and given that your recurrent fee is actually lower than my regular, which is already lower than the average, that you're probably fine. I hope all of this helps you!

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I think you should give them a repeat discount or one time cleaning discount. I clean too and I know it's annoying but if they're looking for repeat cleanings or are just being unreasonable, show YOURE reasonable ya know? Works for me 90% of the time.

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Depending on the depth of the first clean, it should be at least $180 -$225 and if the home doesn't need the depth, the additional cleans could be dropped to $175. If you are doing a bi-weekly, I would think $75 would be fair. It is your supplies used and your travel time and gas expense.

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Alexis in Weston, FL
Dec. 2, 2018

Probably 22 $/H

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Between $130 and $150

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User in Maxton, NC
March 19, 2019

I think your first time pricing it good. Mine is $175. Some people will look to get over on someone. If they don't agree with your price tell them to find someone else. Don't short yourself, ever!

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I couldn't agree more with your last sentence. It's true. People who do not clean for a living do not understand how physically demanding this is. I feel that your rate was great. I don't think your underbid the first rate. In my opinion I do feel that you underbid your bi-weekly rate. I would charge at least $120-150 bi-weekly considering the amount of dust and build up that houses usually have if they are not maintained on a weekly basis. I also suggest, if you haven't already done so, to provide a list of professional references for your new proposals and encourage them to contact them for any questions they may have about your services. Hope this helps!!

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User in Owasso, OK
Feb. 26, 2019

I charge $20-25/ hour for deep clean. If I have to move furniture, climb on ladders, crawl under beds etc, pick up a ton of clothes, shoes, toys and various other things it is labor intensive and time-consuming. Altho you will know that it is clean. After the initial cleaning, which could take more than 8-10 hours, then my rate drops to $15/ hour unless I have to do all the laundry or take care of pet poop. Then it is $20/ hour.I think that is a fair price, especially if no one who lives there wants to do it and I have people I have worked for that say I am worth every penny. There is a lot of value in a great, dependable and honest housekeeper. :-)

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Stand by your rates. Value yourself and your work if they cant see that then that is on them. Find clients that value you and your work. I've been in this position many times, and i always say, "Im very sorry this didn't work out for us, I wish you the best in finding a suitable candidate, and thank you for the opportunity!" You can always ask them how much they are able to pay and you let them know what your willing to for that amount. I had a person who was only able to pay $40/ cleaning- I said ok then Ill dedicate my service to kitchen and bathroom only, main cleaning basics, if they wanted or need more done they had to pay per hour or room which ever rate the client and I felt most comfortable with.

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User in Laredo, TX
Feb. 24, 2019

I would charge by the hour in that case, and I would charge 25$ to 30$

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I don't know much about charging or rates but the little I know is that your price is more than reasonable. Its tough work and you have your supplies. Probably you could show a before and after pic so they see how great your work is too. People generally say you charge too much when they cannot afford your work. You know your work so be nice and move on.

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I would charge depending on my client and how they would prefer but my rate would probley be $75

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Fabiana in Newark, NJ
Feb. 12, 2019

I charged the same amount at the first cleaning and other cleanings

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150 and owner provide uniform and material

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Be firm of your price

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I think amts requested are reasonable if you do great work

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I will charge according to the size of the home and rooms. For a house of 1600 square feet, 3 bedrooms 3 full baths, needs detailed cleaning, my rates would be 150.00 for the first full clean and if I were asked to come back bi-weekly I charge 60. That will be up to the customer on whether or not they want me to come back on a regular basis.I do a thorough job at what I'm assigned and agreed with to do.

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Asya in Visalia, CA
Jan. 24, 2019

your rates sound reasonable to me.

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Karen in La Junta, CO
Sept. 10, 2019

I charge by the hour at a rate of $13 an hour...i always carry as many supplies as can just in case. At the end of an average cleaning for me i have worked an average of 4 to 5 hours. but as a first time deep clean it does usually a lot longer which comes to your set rate if not more by the end of the initial cleaning...so my advice maybe charge by the hour and let the customer give you extra if they feel is necessary or job well enough to deserve their generous tips...most of the time that is the case. I figured my hourly rate by looking up the average rate paid to housekeepers in my area and in my area the going rate is 12 an hour mostly you will see $12-15 an hour so i took a crack at $13 which seemed very reasonable to me..and then allow the customer to add in what they feel deemed. Hope this was helpful.

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Show them the feedback you get from other clients. If that dowsn't work, it may be best not to charge them your regular rate until they get to know you and your expertise. Put your best foot forward and remember that you need to build trust with each new client. Who knows...they may be amazed at what you can do!

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Lois in Hampton, VA
Oct. 2, 2019

You are right, actually in the past what I would do is look in the phone book and call around to get quotes from other professional services providers. I would then type up a list and take it out on interviews with me and give it to employers, and then give them my rate.

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$180.00 is way too much to charge. I charge by the hour-shows the employer how much gets done for the price.

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