When you’re shopping around for a maid service for your home, you may receive a wide range of price quotes. What causes these price differences? Why are some housecleaning companies more expensive than others when they’re all quoting prices for the same house in the same area?
One of the biggest factors is whether you’re being quoted a price from an independent solo cleaner versus a professional cleaning company such as Easy Breezy Cleaning Co. Someone operating their cleaning business out of a car trunk can charge a lot less than a company with a bunch of employees. But that solo cleaner may not be bonded or insured, be able to replace or reimburse you for something they accidentally break while they are cleaning, and they may not have a back-up if they can’t clean on your scheduled day.
Age and Branding
A housecleaning services company with years of experience will generally charge more than someone just starting out who will cut prices in order to build up a customer list. A company that has invested a lot of time and money into branding itself will also charge higher than someone who is new to the industry and has not incurred such expenses.
What exactly is included for the price you’ve been quoted? Company A may be quoting a one-time clean vs. Company B is giving you a discount on your first cleaning assuming that you’ll be hiring them on a regular weekly or bi-weekly basis. Or Company A may be offering you a deluxe package while Company B is quoting you their least expensive plan. Plans vary from company to company. They also might be running sales and promotions just to attract and on board new clients.
Companies use different information to provide you with a price. Most house cleaning companies charge by the job based on total square footage or by the hour, but others create an estimate based on the number of bedrooms and bathrooms. A company might add fees for the number of pets and staircases in your home and another might adjust their quote based on how dirty your home is when they arrive, which can be avoided with an in-home estimate. Unless you’ve had regular maid service for a while, you can be sure that a one-time or first-time cleaning will have add on fees than ongoing regular service because of the extra time required to remove build-up in your home. When you receive a recurring service quote based on hours, the hours are “work hours” (also called “man hours”). If the cleaning company sends two cleaning techs to do a four hour cleaning, you will receive four total hours, not four hours from each cleaning person. However most professional cleaning services companies charge first time/one time cleaning by the man hour.
Some companies will work hard to give you a detailed quote for your home up front, while others will low-ball the quote and then up sell you on various services once they arrive. Customer reviews can be a great source for learning about such surprises.
Quality of Service
Professional cleaning services can vary in the type of cleaning quality they provide. It’s essential to ask for and check references so you can get an understanding of whether you’re hiring a top-notch company or one that does the bare minimum.
Are any specialty services or products a part of the quote? Perhaps you mentioned green cleaning, which is generally an extra charge. However, some Frisco housecleaning services companies like Easy Breezy Cleaning Co. provide this type of service.