The average cost of house cleaning in the United States is $125 for a 1,000-2,000 square foot home, according to a study by Red Beacon. They reviewed more than 32,000 cleaning quotes to arrive at that number. Keep in mind, however, that this is only an average. Prices vary according to the location and the size of the home.
Customizable Price List
There are two parts to the cusomizable price list attached. Part One is simply an outline of the services offered, while Part Two delves into how prices are determined.
Part One: What the Service Includes
It is critical that the customer and cleaning service know what to expect from each other. This document provides an example of the services included in many standard house cleaning service packages, as well as add-on services, available for an additional fee. Services will vary from cleaner to another, but should give you a general idea of what services to expect.
- Customer Perspective: You should receive a comparable list of tasks, either in brochure or contract form, from your cleaning service. It helps you to set expectations, and evaluate whether tasks are being performed satisfactorily.
- Cleaning Service Perspective: You can easily add or delete services that you are prepared to provide for your customers. Feel free adapt Part One of this document to include in your marketing brochure. You can also use it as a checklist for training employees. How well and how quickly they perform each of these tasks becomes your yardstick for measuring performance. Review the add-on services and add or delete services, as you see fit.
Part Two: How Pricing is Determined
This pricing method is based on the standard amount of time it takes to complete various tasks, multiplied by the prevailing wage for maids and house cleaners in a specific area. This section contains a spreadsheet designed to help owners of house cleaning services establish fair competitive pricing, but it also provides insights that many customers will find useful.
Using the Spreadsheet
Simply follow the step-by-step spreadsheet to arrive at your quote.
- Click to Access: Click the image above to access the price list.
- Minutes Allotted Column: Determine how many minutes it takes to perform each task. It's a good idea to actually perform each task two or three times to be sure your expectations are realistic. You need to work consistently and with attention to detail. The pace must be one that can be reasonably sustained by your employees. Estimated numbers are included, but feel free to change them as appropriate
- Quantity Column: This is the column you will use most frequently to actually generate price quotes. Simply fill in the quantity of each task to be performed, for example, one kitchen, three bedrooms, two additional rooms. An additional room may be a laundry room, exercise room, office, or playroom. If the room requires little attention, you may choose to count it as a half room. If it requires extra attention, like cleaning several pieces of gym equipment or mirrored walls in a home gym, you may choose to count it as a room and a half.
- Total Minutes: This column multiplies the minutes per task, by the number of tasks, and auto-calculates total minutes for you.
- Hours: This column automatically translates the number of minutes into hours. The total of the column also tells you how many staff hours you will need to plan for.
- Prevailing Rate: This column is particularly important because it tailors pricing to your specific area. It also supports your pricing structure with hard data from the Bureau of Labor and Statistics (BLS). To determine the correct prevailing rate:
- Visit the BLS website.
- Click the link for your specific area. (There are 374 from which to choose. In the example, "Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI" was used.)
- Scroll down to the chart and look for the code "37-2012." This is the occupation code for "Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners."
- Look to the right side of the row for the "Mean Hourly Wage." (It's the third column from the right.)
- Replace the rate of "$11.07" in the spreadsheet with the correct mean hourly wage for your area.
- Amount per Room: This column auto-calculates for you. It multiplies the prevailing wage, by the estimated hours, by two. The amount at the bottom of the column, rounded up to the nearest five dollars, is the amount you can reasonably expect to charge your customer. Out of the fee, you will need to extract a fair profit and pay the following expenses.
- Prevailing employee wages/benefits
- Payroll taxes
- The cost of equipment (commercial vacuum cleaners and other cleaning supplies)
- Transportation costs
- Marketing costs
- Administrative costs, like accounting, insurance, and customer service
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With levels of busyness elevated to ever-increasing heights among American families, this may be the perfect time to hire a service to keep your home clean, or to start a house cleaning business. There's nothing quite like the feeling of walking into a freshly cleaned, sweet smelling home, knowing all household tasks have already been checked off your list. Providing that service can be a pretty good feeling too.