# How to Price a House Cleaning

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Set a timer and clean your home. Pretend you are cleaning for a customer. Start from outside the house, bring in your equipment just as you would if you were working for a client. Take note of how long you spend performing particular tasks, such as dusting and vacuuming a bedroom or living room versus scrubbing a bathroom.

Calculate your time spent cleaning specific areas of your home. For instance, you may have learned that it takes you 45 minutes to clean your kitchen or 15 minutes to clean you bedroom. This gives you a starting point to work with.

Calculate the cost of each area when pricing a job for a customer. Pretend a customer wants you to clean a house with two bedrooms, one bathroom, a kitchen, the living room and dining room. You know how long it takes you to clean your kitchen and bathroom. Based on that information, you estimate it will take you 2 hours to clean her kitchen and bathroom; similarly, you estimate it will take an 1 1/2 hours to complete the rest of the home. Multiply the 3 1/2 hours you figure to clean the home by \$30 per hour. Your charge for this example would be \$105.

#### Tips

• Your timings are just a guide. Take into account conditions when pricing a job for a customer. If the customer's home is particularly filthy, add more money to the bill for the extra time it will take to clean. Compare the average price people are paying to have their homes cleaned. Ask friends, neighbors and even clients how much they have paid for cleaning their homes. You may find that even though you are willing to charge a particular price, people in your community may be used to paying higher, opening an opportunity for you to raise your price.

#### Warnings

• Visit the job site before quoting a price. Every home has its own quirks and pitfalls. A kitchen in one house may only need a quick wipe down; the same size kitchen elsewhere may need a complete scrubbing from top to bottom.