House Cleaning Pricing: Are You Comparing Apples to Apples?

You’ve been doing some online research on house cleaning pricing and you notice that there’s a big difference from company to company.
  • What’s the difference between one company and the next? 
  • How can you tell what, precisely, you’re paying for when you hire a cleaning company?
  • Does their pricing reflect what they’re doing?
  • House Cleaning Pricing: is it an apples to apples comparison?

First and foremost, you need to be sure that you’re comparing the services that the company offers for the price they quote. You can accomplish this by requesting a detailed and specific list of services as well as the frequency of each of the tasks.

For example, what one company might call a “routine cleaning” could be completely different than what another company might call the same service. The first company’s “routine cleaning” might include services like dusting baseboards and window blinds each visit, but the other company doesn’t include those tasks in their routine package.

The same concept applies to “deep cleaning” or “spring cleaning.” One cleaning service might charge significantly less than their counterparts, but to know if you’re getting a good deal, you really need to request to see the specs list. If the less expensive option doesn’t include services that you require, it’s probably not best for you.

Beware of Suspiciously Low House Cleaning Pricing

Of course, you don’t want to spend more than you need to for your cleaning service. However, if a service offers a price that seems too good to be true, it probably is. Some small, inexperienced cleaning companies aren’t confident in their pricing, simply because they don’t know how long it will take to clean your home.  In order to get your business, these companies offer bargain-basement rates based on these miscalculations.

However, they quickly determine that they can’t make a profit with the prices they’ve quoted, and now they’re not making enough money to support themselves! They’re frustrated, and they have to work in more clients over the course of the day to break even. Now, they’re skipping tasks they think you won’t notice and blazing through the tasks they do manage to do, leaving behind less than stellar results. An experienced service will know exactly how long it will take to clean your home to your exacting specifications and will charge accordingly.

Another potential reason for very low cleaning company pricing is the use of illegal subcontractors. Some cleaning business owners use these subcontractors in hopes of avoiding having to pay expenses that legitimate cleaning businesses pay. In their mind, it’s easier to write a check and issue an IRS Form 1099 at the end of the year than to go through all the paperwork associated with hiring employees and paying employment taxes.

Unfortunately, this kind of hiring is illegal; these “subcontractors” aren’t considered to be subcontractors in the eyes of the IRS. This is risky for the company, but it’s also a big risk for you. The company isn’t able to carry the appropriate insurance that would cover damage to your property or injuries incurred on your property, opening you up to potential liability.

It’s important to carefully assess your cleaning service before you hire them. You’re seeking a service that offers quality service at a fair price, so be sure to examine the company’s specs list prior to hiring them.

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