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Cost of Care: How Much Should I Charge for Housekeeping Services?

Tiffany Smith
Oct. 16, 2017

Tips on determining reasonable houskeeping fees.

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

It is usually necessary to have an in-home consultation with your prospective employer, so you can get a better understanding of the home, the cleaning requirements and exactly what you're expected to do, in order to determine the correct price.


Assess the Job

Here are some factors you should look and and consider when deciding how much to charge for housekeeping.

  • 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


Look at Estimates

You don't want to low ball your fees and lose money, but you also don't want to charge fees that are too high and drive off potential customers. You can look at the rates being charged by other housekeepers and housecleaning services in your area by using the Housecleaning Rates Calculator on Care.com. What do your competitors charge? Ask people you know who have hired a cleaning service about how much they paid. Here are some rough estimates to help you settle on a number.

  • In larger metropolitan areas, for a medium-sized apartment or house, an individual housekeeper can charge about $100 per cleaning.
  • In larger metropolitan areas, for a medium-sized apartment or house, a large national cleaning chain companies might charge about $175 per cleaning.
  • In less populated cities or towns, for an average-sized house (2500 square feet), in individual housekeeper might charge approximately $75 per cleaning.

Once you settle on a possible range, be prepared to negotiate with prospective employers in order to arrive at a fair price that reflects your skills and experience and what the job entails.

Tiffany Smith has written for All You, Time for Kids and the Boston Globe. And as a former babysitter, she knows a lot about fun games to play with kids. Follow her on Twitter at @tiffanyiswrite. 

Comments

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User in Seffner, FL
Jan. 24, 2017

For all those just starting out, first like others have said, never ever give a quote over the phone. Go look at the house and see just how clean or dirty the house is. Second I have found that a $60.00 for 2 bedrooms, kitchen, living room and one bathroom is a good start. I try not to charge by the hr as they take advantage of that. If the house has more rooms, I charge accordingly. Extra bathroom-$10, extra bedroom/living area room $5. Always charge extra for laundry, changing sheets, windows, baseboards and appliances. I charge a first time deep cleaning fee if they have not had someone else cleaning before me. I also charge extra if they have clutter or lots of things to dust. And I charge extra for travel as some of the places here I go have a toll road and that can add up. I currently had to walk away from a woman I cleaned for for a few years as she kept asking me to more and more. She was not happy with anyone who did work around her house and was always hiring someone new, lawn guys and bugs guys. Stick to your guns and only do what you are paid to do and if you can get it in writing! That being said I have customers who are the best and never expect more than what I am paid. Although I have gone the extra mile for them as they are very good to me, even getting bonuses! Good luck!

User
July 2, 2016

Hello, I am trying to get into cleaning more houses, I have been doing a few for about 2 years now. I actually love doing that type of work, and was just wondering how is the best way of getting my word out there more to start getting more houses?

User
June 14, 2016

I am just starting my cleaning service and need to know prices to charge on cleaning offices/commercial buildings, also apartments or homes to be cleaned when moving in?

User
May 25, 2016

How much should I charge in central Wisconsin for house cleaning? If I charge by the hour how much should I charge?

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