Just curious. If someone has a 1500 sq foot house that has no carpet or drapes, kids, pets, etc., how much do you think a house cleaner should charge? I have seen rates that go anywhere from a flat rate of $40 to $120 and from $15 to $25 per hour. What think you?
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I can understand a higher rate if several people are working, but if it just one and he or she will work for $10 pr hour as a hotel maid (or thereabouts) why would that same person expect $25?
It depends on how thorough the job is. Good housekeepers work hard and deserve to be compensated whether educated or not. There are many well-paid yet inept and lazy people in the business sector who deserve less than a good housekeeper.
That's the real question, isn't it? Independents also must pay various taxes and costs other than transportation, depending on their location and other factors. Federal, state, and local tax burdens placed on small businesses can be unbelievable.
Cleaning a single house is a lot different than hotel work. At a hotel you can be guaranteed a certain number of hours. When you are doing private homes the hours will be limited. It's harder to put together enough jobs to make a living.
In those days, California was booming, so I can see why people could afford to pay that amount then. I wonder if the same would be true today.
For all the poor mouthing in this country, people find ways to pay for what they want. Otherwise, ball players would not get paid 30 million dollars, give or take a million or so.
RTalloni I agree with you, but this does not relate to the question. How can someone with no education, no training and often poor work experience expect people to pay upwards of $25 per hour? Far more than minimum wage for manual labor?
It's a free market. I guess if they are charging too much, nobody will hire them. If they are getting it, that's how much they are worth. People don't have a right to cheap housekeeping. If they can't afford it, they will have to do it themselves.
I agree. Nobody has a right to cheap house cleaning. However, there are many elderly and disabled people who need but cannot afford to pay high prices. Shouldn't there be some sort of fair standard for them ?
I think us old folk are just goung to have to fend for ourselves. I'm trying to declutter before it gets to the point that I can't do it anymore.
Having a housekeeper is still considered a luxury that many can't afford.
Initially, the question made me think that you (or someone you know) wanted to start a business. My first comment was about what the market will bear and if a person wants to succeed in a business like this they generally can't be shy about fees.
I think a lot depends on where you live. The figures I gave are for the US, and I've seen some that are totally outrageous!
I found some forums where house cleaners post. It seems that most of them are pushing for $25 per hour plus and are urging each other to refuse to take less, even when the job is an easier one. Some are asking $70!
Highway robbery! But I assume many people are only too willing to pay that price.
I agree. These people have no education, no training and very little overhead, yet they want to make almost four times the current minimum wage! It's a real problem for people who need their services and cannot afford (or want to) pay those prices