First off we want to make it fair to all concerned. We also want the home owner to feel that they have received fair value for money. However, there are some factors that result in some variation in the pricing.
Here is some insight into how we would price a home cleaning.
First to get a good service at a fair price by seeking recommendations from someone you know and trust. Most of our business comes from referrals so we always push to do an exceptional job so that a home owner will refer us.
Always ask for a home inspection before hiring a service. In the mad rush of today’s fast paced world, you might be tempted to rely on a phone quote without having met anyone from the cleaning service. A lot of services will provide phone quotes that are often lower than the actual cost just to “get your business” only to end the day with add-on pricing or up-charges.
When you purchase cleaning services, what you are actually purchasing is time. Let me explain. The degree of difficulty is not challenging, but the physical labor and time commitment is important for establishing the price. Home cleaning estimates really boil down to how much time it is going to take and what the degree of physical activity is needed to accomplish the cleaning tasks. Let’s look at a few factors:
Location: If you live in the city, you have many competing service providers to choose from. Also, the time for a cleaning service to reach your home is not a major factor. However, here in the Upper Valley, if the closest grocery store is 10 miles away and it takes us a quarter tank of gas to come and go then we have to factor this into the equation. There are expenses to get to your location and travel time as well.
General House Keeping Tidiness: You have to determine the tasks that you want the house cleaning service to perform. If your house is in a relatively tidy condition, your cleaning service can concentrate on cleaning tasks like scrubbing the toilets, sinks, and bathtubs. Otherwise, you pay an increased cost because the service has to “clean-up” before they actually start to clean.
Square Footage: Yes, size does matter. The larger the home, the larger the price tag. If you have areas of the home that are not used and you don’t want cleaned, you can let the cleaning service know so that area is not calculated in the price.
However, if you own a 4000 square foot home and only want one bedroom, one bathroom, and the kitchen to be cleaned, the price may not be the same as cleaning your former one bed one bath apartment. A larger home often will have larger areas and it takes more time to do the same services.
Frequency of Cleaning: Expect to pay more for initial cleanings, and once a month cleanings. Discounts start to take effect with bi-monthly cleanings and even larger discounts for weekly home cleanings. If you need daily cleanings you should really not be hiring a cleaning service but rather may want to consider hiring a maid.
Who Resides in the Home: This leads back to the general tidiness of the house. If you have teenagers with typical teenager bedrooms, expect to pay more since the cleaning service will probably have to tidy-up before actually starting to clean. Pets can also lead to increased costs. If you have pets in the house, they should be in a safe place away from the home cleaners while they clean. If you pet sheds, this definitely adds to the cost of cleaning. Pet hair is extremely hard and time consuming to remove.
Extra Items: Know what is considered “customary” and what is considered an extra by your home cleaning service provider. Generally, things like cleaning an oven, the inside of the refrigerator, windows are considered extra.
Make sure that you and your cleaning service provider agree on a price before the work is started. Contracts are not customary, but can be used in special situation if the work is extensive or happens over a multi-day period. Your service provider should be happy to provide you with a receipt for payment of services.
If you have need of Cleaning Services in the Upper Valley then please contact A Clean Vision.