How Much to Charge for House Cleaning in 2024

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Professional house cleaning is a major industry. The global cleaning industry is currently valued at over $55 billion, and that’s expected to double by 2030. That means it’s a great market for new entrants, but you’ll need a house cleaning pricing guide to make sure you charge properly, which is exactly what we provide here.

Case study: Queen Bee Cleaning

Chris Mondragon’s wife started cleaning houses in 2015 to make some extra money. Their company, Queen Bee Cleaning, took off so quickly Chris quit his job and helped build it into a $1.5 million empire. Today, Queen Bee is also top-rated on Nextdoor, Yelp, Houzz, Thumbtack, HomeAdvisor, and Porch.

We’ll share Chris’s insights to help you create a cleaning pricing guide that will allow you to make a great living in the house cleaning services industry. We’ll cover the types of services and different ways to charge—and share a pricing list.

Keep reading for a rare opportunity to learn Chris’s unique pricing strategies from his UpFlip-exclusive course. You’ll discover exactly how he prices his cleaning services, which skyrocketed the growth of his business to $4.5M in record time.

How much to charge for cleaning a house

Gloved hands holding cash in the foreground while a cleaning crew vacuums and cleans hard surfaces in a residential kitchen in the background

House cleaning prices for a home should be between $100 and $800, but each house cleaning service will have different prices depending on the size of the home, the type of cleaning, and where you live.

There are three typical ways house cleaning prices are calculated by a house cleaner:

  • Hourly: $25 to $90 per hour, per cleaner
  • Flat fee: $100 to $800 weekly or biweekly for standard cleaning of a single-family home
  • Room rate: $100 for 1 bed/1 bath + $10 to $20 for each additional bedroom and bathroom
  • Per square foot: $0.05 to $0.10 per square foot

Now that you know how much to clean a home, let’s discuss the different kinds of house cleaning services.

What kind of house cleaning services should I provide?

A housecleaning service will normally offer other services besides just cleaning homes for people who live in them. They may also provide services for Airbnbs, moving, apartments, and commercial spaces. For instance, Queen Bee also offers:

  1. Airbnb cleaning
  2. Carpet cleaning
  3. Disinfecting services
  4. Home cleaning
  5. Move-in cleaning
  6. Deep cleaning
  7. Move-out cleaning
  8. Office and commercial cleaning

Chris told us:

If I was to start today, I would probably focus on Airbnb cleaning because it has a higher profit margin.

For standard house cleaning services, Queen Bee includes:

  • Dusting all furniture, walls, fans, counters, and other hard surfaces
  • Vacuuming all floors
  • Mopping wood, marble, tile, and linoleum floors
  • Mirror and window cleaning with a glass cleaner
  • Cleaning and sanitizing all bathroom surfaces including toilets, sinks, tubs, and showers
  • Sanitizing all kitchen surfaces including inside the microwave and the front of the fridge
  • Spot-cleaning cabinets
  • Changing linens (if fresh linens are left out) and making beds
  • Emptying the trash and relining the trash can before exiting each room

These are just some of the house cleaning services Queen Bee offers. You can find Chris’s complete cleaning services checklist, including 11 add-ons, in our Cleaning Business Master Course.

Let’s look at what you might offer as the owner of your own house cleaning business, starting with Airbnb cleaning.

What should I include in Airbnb cleaning services?

In addition to your standard offerings as a house cleaning service, Chris suggests maintaining an inventory of your own supplies to replace toiletries, kitchen essentials, and linens. For the laundry portion, you’ll need to have someone do laundry or partner with a laundry service.

He also told us:

I charge extra for the toiletries and linens, but it basically takes me the same time as a normal home clean.

Check out our interview with Chris below:

What should I include in carpet cleaning services?

Carpet cleaner steam cleaning a black and white ikat-style floor mat

Carpet cleaning services focus only on rugs, carpets, and other floorings. You’ll need to assess your time differently from other services and have the special cleaning equipment to do the job best.

Chris shared his cleaning pricing guide for carpet cleaning, and it includes five main cleaning points with time and price for:

  1. Rooms
  2. Hallways
  3. Landings
  4. Each stair
  5. Rugs

It’s typical for a carpet cleaning business to have a minimum amount, such as $99 for two bedrooms.

What should I include in disinfecting services?

Disinfecting services are focused on cleaning surfaces with medical-grade cleaning products. The goal here is on keeping the space particularly clean in a way that helps to minimize germs. I would imagine this is popular for businesses or households that have had a COVID outbreak.

Christ told us:

Eliminating germs & pathogens requires more than just a wipe of a towel with bleach. We use an electrostatic sprayer to apply the disinfectant. The sprayer ‘loads’ the mist with a positive charge, making the disinfectant stick to all surfaces killing 99% of the pathogens. Our hospital-grade disinfectant is an EPA-certified product safe to use around children and pets [that’s] safe on all surfaces.

What should I include in deep cleaning services?

Deep cleaning services should include everything you do in standard house cleaning, plus baseboards and behind furniture. Chris also includes dishes in his standard deep clean service and offers a variety of additional offerings.

How much does a deep clean cost?

Deep cleaning services are normally charged at a premium compared to a standard cleaning price. For Queen Bee clients, deep house cleaning costs between $199 and $319 above the standard house cleaning prices.

So, once you know how much you’ll charge for regular services, it’s easy to decide how much to charge for deep cleaning a house.

What should I include in a move-out cleaning service?

Move-out cleaning is a service offered to renters to help them save time and money by helping them get their deposits back. These services include:

  • Thoroughly cleaning all counters, cabinets, and appliances
  • Cleaning bathrooms, including toilets, sinks, and showers
  • Cleaning floors and carpets
  • Wiping down light switches, walls, and doorknobs
  • Disposing of any expired food items
  • Deep-cleaning the oven

Chris recommends using the move-out checklist provided by the client’s landlord as the basis for bidding on the cleaning job and told us:

I charge $279 to $479 more for move-out cleaning costs than my standard cleaning rates.

Want more great tips like this? Check out all of our UpFlip courses.

What should I include in office and commercial cleaning?

Chris Mondragon standing in a commercial office space pointing to his commercial cleaning checklist

Offices and commercial cleaning jobs are different for every building. Chris recommends touring the property and establishing the following:

  • Square footage
  • Number of desks
  • Percent of floors that are carpet and tile
  • Number of windows
  • Number of toilets and sinks
  • Square footage of counters
  • Kitchens in the building
  • Parking lots
  • Special requirements

These jobs can be more complex, but businesses need more routine cleaning services, which could be a win for you. Commercial buildings also tend to be better suited for pricing per square foot because you can assign a price per square foot to each task and then just multiply quantities. It might look like the table below. (Note that sqft = square feet.)

Task Quantity Price Per Task Total
Carpet (sqft) 6,000 .1 $600
Tile (sqft) 10,000 .2 $2,000
Desks 60 1 $60
Windows 600 .1 $60
Toilets 50 5 $250
Sinks 10 2 $20
Kitchens 2 10 $20
Counters (sqft) 100 .1 $10
Parking lots (sqft) 50,000 0.2 $1,000
Special Requirements N/A 0 0
Total     $4,020

House cleaning prices vs. operating costs

Every cleaning company will have costs associated with operating. One powerful difference between a successful cleaning business and other cleaning companies is how well the business owner manages their cleaning costs. Your house cleaning prices need to cover the following expenses:

  1. Payroll expenses, taxes
  2. Marketing costs
  3. Cleaning supplies
  4. Fuel
  5. Repairs
  6. Rent
  7. Utilities
  8. Professional fees

Based on Queen Bee Cleaning Service’s annual expenses, you might expect your total overhead costs to be approximately 87% of the amount that you make if you have employees. If you are a single-person house cleaner, the total overhead will be between 30% and 50%.

In the following sections, we share a few examples. You can use similar math regardless of what type of cleaning business you run. Queen Bee is primarily house cleaning, so I refer to house cleaners in these sections.

Let’s look at each of these to give you an idea of what they are for Queen Bee and what you can expect to pay when you start to charge for housecleaning.

How labor impacts house cleaning prices

Labor typically accounts for approximately 50% of the costs of running a house cleaning company. Whether this amount is going to you or your employees will vary. If you have employees, you’ll typically need to pay them either an hourly rate or billable hours.

Just make sure you don’t try to consider them independent contractors. Chris told us:

I was misclassifying the maids and got a hefty fine.

To help establish an hourly rate, check what house cleaning companies in your area pay their housekeepers. The Bureau of Labor Statistics has a lot of data on the hourly rate of the house cleaning industry, too. In most places, a house cleaner will be paid an hourly rate of $15 or more.

Remember to train your staff well because employee efficiency can impact both quality and overhead.

Assuming the following:

  • Employee pay: $15 per hour
  • Employee hourly rate, revenue: 50%
  • Number of people on cleaning crew: Two

You’ll want to charge the customer no less than $60 per hour. That is far lower than the cleaning rates for many house cleaning companies. The reason is that a house cleaner has other costs that go into the standard cleaning fees.

Payroll expenses, taxes

Business owner reviewing a resource on a laptop

On top of employee pay, your house cleaning price will also need to cover the costs of payroll expenses and taxes. The government requires employers to collect:

  • Income taxes: You’ll need to withhold these for all employees using the information in Publication 15-T.
  • Payroll taxes: The employee pays 7.65%, and the employer pays 7.65%.
  • State taxes: There are seven states without income taxes. You’ll have to collect these from employee pay unless you live in Alaska, Florida, Nevada, South Dakota, Texas, Washington, or Wyoming.
  • Other deductions: Insurance, 401K, etc., will be deducted if you offer them.

There are a lot of tasks associated with compliance, so you may want to outsource your human resources. Most of these services start around $39 per month plus $6 per month for each employee.

The 7.65% tax increases the $60 per hour fee to $65 per hour, which is starting to get closer to the cleaning rates of industry leader Molly Maid, which charges $75 to $96 per hour for a basic cleaning package.

Your revenue will also need to cover other costs such as cleaning supplies, which we’ll discuss next.

Cleaning supplies

Based on standard cleaning services, you’ll probably need to spend an average of $3 to $5 per hour on cleaning supplies. You’ll be buying these in bulk to save money, but Chris estimates that the supply list for many cleaning companies will be around $900 for startup costs.

That means a rate of $70 per hour, which gets us even closer to the price your house cleaning service needs to charge.

Vehicle, fuel, insurance, and repairs

Local businesses will have to drive to provide weekly cleaning to residential and commercial clients. That means you’ll need to maintain the vehicle and meet insurance requirements. At Queen Bee, these costs are approximately 17% of the revenue.

This is why your credit score is so important to businesses. Bankrate estimates that insurance costs 25% more for an average credit score than excellent credit, and those with poor credit spend twice as much as any other group.

If you add 17% to the $70 cleaning crew rate, that brings you to $81.9 per hour—without any administrative costs, marketing costs, rent, or other utilities.

Marketing and administration costs

Chris Mondragon holding a handful of cash and a gallon of cleaner in the foreground and a screenshot of UpFlip’s How to Get Clients for a Cleaning Business blog post in the background

The Small Business Administration advises spending 5% to 15% of your desired revenue on marketing your cleaning business (or any other business). Chris doesn’t think you need to spend that much, though

If you have good software, you can automate many of your tasks and reduce the final cost of operating. Chris runs his marketing for between 2.4% and 6.2% of revenue per month, with the lower percentages during the holidays.

Pro Tip: To learn some of the ways Chris uses marketing, check out our blog on getting clients, and don’t miss our original report on small business marketing budget statistics that will help you make the most of your marketing spend.


Chris’s rent and utilities are based on running a home-based business. These are marvelous because they are mostly legal accounting maneuvers. If you store supplies in your home or do office work out of it, you can claim the space you use and the energy associated with it on your taxes.

There are a lot of rules governing this, but if you choose the simplified method of claiming, you get an allowance of up to $1,500 a year. If use your the actual expenses, it can go higher (but may increase the chances of an audit). You’ll want to measure the square footage of the space used.

You don’t have to include the costs of operating from home in your house cleaning cost, but if you do, it will raise the hourly rate by about $1 per hour.


If you have a home-based business, you’ll be using the energy associated with work as a write-off, but if you have a separate location where you store everything, you’ll need to cover those costs.

Utilities shouldn’t be too much unless your cleaning business does a lot of laundry or manufacturing in-house. To give you an idea, Chris only spends about $300 per month on utilities.

Professional fees

Local companies will often need a lawyer and an accountant to help them structure their domestic services correctly. You’ll want to budget for these. Chris assumes approximately $1,000 per month for his cleaning company, but different cleaning services will have different needs.

Ways to charge for professional house cleaning

There are a variety of ways to charge for a cleaning service. We’ll cover the most common pricing strategies cleaning businesses use, including:

  • Charging by the hour
  • Pricing per square foot
  • Pricing per room
  • Comparing house cleaning prices in your area
  • Offering weekly cleaning subscriptions with discounts
  • Proposing household chores as add-ons
  • Giving free estimates

How much to charge for house cleaning per hour

Cleaner wearing rubber gloves standing in an Airbnb property holding an alarm clock with a thought bubble that has a dollar sign in it hovering overhead

The hourly rate for house cleaning is the easiest pricing structure to use, but it can create fluctuations in costs based on how long it takes to clean the property. This works best if the client provides all the cleaning supplies and just needs someone to help. You might want to do this if a client wants specific eco-friendly or other specific cleaning supplies.

You’ll probably want to charge higher for the first hour. I typically assume that it will cost me $50 just to drive somewhere. Based on Queen Bee’s pricing guide, Chris has established that cleaning services prices should be approximately $70 for the travel costs and booking fees.

To calculate how much you want to charge, assume:

  • 2,000 hours per year
  • 65% profit margin when you are the worker or 15% when someone else is doing the work
  • Your income goals (let’s say $100K per year to start)

Divide your income goal by the hours in a year to get an hourly rate. See the example below:

$100,000 / 2,000 = $50 per hour

$50 per hour would be revenue, though. To calculate the profit, you’d need to divide the hourly by .65.

$50 / .65 = $76.92 per hour

Let’s make it a nice even number, so it’s easy to multiply and make it a straight $80 per hour. You need to add your first-hour fee, though. Let’s use the $70 Chris uses, and that will make the first hour $150, and each additional hour $80.

That means you need five hourly cleaners to make the same $100K profit you would if you were doing all the cleaning yourself. Now, if you have five employees plus yourself, you can make $200K per year after paying your employees their house cleaning rates per hour.

How to calculate cleaning cost per square foot pricing

The price per square foot is straightforward to estimate. Given that almost every address has a public record, you can look it up to see how many square feet their house is. Then to charge by the square foot, multiply the square feet by 20 cents (or divide by five).

Example: How much should I charge to clean a 2,000 sq ft house?

2,000 x $.20 = $400

2,000 / 5 = $400

Example: How much should I charge to clean a 3,000 sq ft house?

You can make it more complicated and separate it by carpet and tile, where the carpet is 20 cents and tile is 25 (examples for easy math).

(2,000*$0.20) + (1,000*$0.25) = $650

As you can see, the square foot billing can change based on the type of cleaning.

How much does it cost to clean a house per room?

MaidThis CEO

Another easy way is to price by the room or by the fixture. Chris charges a fee per room plus fees for other specific tasks. For instance, he has a table that details:

  • 1- to 10-room pricing
  • Full restroom pricing
  • Half bath pricing
  • Add-ons like full window cleaning

Each has a specific price, so he can quickly estimate based on the number of rooms, restrooms, and add-ons. You should really check out how he does it on the Queen Bee Cleaning Service booking page.

Pro Tip: Chris uses Booking Koala to automate the whole booking process. Check it out, and let us know what you think!

How much do other cleaning services charge?

Professional cleaners have plenty of sites to help evaluate the average house cleaning cost in their areas. Many of the sites are the same ones you’ll use to find customers for your house cleaning service.

For instance, Thumbtack makes it easy to establish the rates house cleaners charge in a particular area. While you’re on the site, you might want to sign up to provide cleaning services.

Offer weekly cleaning service discounts

Whether you are a residential cleaning business or offer commercial cleaning services, your cleaning company can benefit tremendously by offering regular cleaning services at a discount to loyal customers.

House cleaners benefit from offering discounts for routine cleaning in the following ways:

  1. Increased efficiency: Less travel time, more cleaning jobs completed per day, reduced house cleaning costs.
  2. Better forecasting: Order your own cleaning supplies with more accurate forecasts.
  3. Better scheduling: You can schedule house cleaners working each day more effectively.
  4. Better cash flow: The more of your cleaning jobs that occur on a recurring basis, the better your cash flow will be.
  5. Reduces churn: CB Insights says that subscription models change the customer retention dynamic from mostly churning to mostly retention.
  6. Increases lifetime value: The value of a customer increases consistently over time.
  7. Reduced marketing costs: Your cleaning company will be able to spend less on marketing when you have higher retention rates.
  8. Lower overhead-to-revenue ratio: As a cleaning company’s recurring jobs grow, the overhead stays the same until you have to invest in more equipment or administration.
  9. Happier customers: Everyone (except maybe hoarders) loves a clean home! Someone coming in each week and cleaning their home will delight customers.

When you have long-term relationships you may want to have a commercial cleaning contract. Chris doesn’t use them, but a lot of his suggestions still work for contracts.

We used the pricing from Queen Bee Cleaning Service to show how their subscription model increases the revenue over the course of a year. As you can see, offering a 10% monthly, 15% bi-weekly, and 20% weekly discount can dramatically increase the revenue of a house cleaning business.

How much do house cleaners charge for add-ons?

Customers might want you to offer other services like appliance cleaning. Anticipate this and have easy ways to calculate cleaning cost estimates. Some of the most common add-ons are:

  • Deep house cleaning
  • Appliance cleaning
  • Laundry
  • Dishes
  • Indoor and outdoor window washing
  • Carpet cleaning

You can add each of these to the house cleaning cost to help improve your revenue per cleaning job. A $200 cleaning job easily turns into a full day if someone wants all the add-ons. It will increase the cleaning rate to potentially as high as $1,000 and make it so your cleaning crew only has to clean one house that day.

That’s great for reducing expenses!

How much do house cleaners make for estimates?

Neel Parek holding cash in one hand and a cleaning business estimate form in the other

Whether you are doing a deep clean, home cleaning, or post-construction cleaning, people love free stuff, and businesses should, too!

Chris told us:

Most people don’t know the square footage of their house.

A free estimate gives you a chance to view the property, manage the risk of underestimating with a flat rate, and establish the square footage and whether it needs a deep clean. Plus, it gives you a chance to develop a relationship, ask questions, and help your customer develop a plan. This may increase overhead costs, but it builds loyalty.

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What type of pricing do you plan to adopt with your cleaning business?

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