It’s safe to say most house cleaning job estimates are not consistent.
What has happened is that house cleaning companies use different methods, while many house cleaning companies adopt the mathematical formulas used by commercial cleaning companies for residential jobs, which just doesn’t always work very well. Cost estimates for office building and hotels are using square footage and number of rooms as starting point and it works well as there is usually an uniformity throughout the premise, in floor type, furniture , number of windows etc., this allows for a mathematical formula to be used successfully and fairly. When it comes to a residential family home, diversity complicates things, making it much more difficult to give an accurate estimate without actually seeing the home. There’s carpet in one room, hardwood in another, and kitchen flooring in yet another. Some rooms may be loaded with furniture, others may be sparse, there may be loads of windows upstairs, and just one or two downstairs. It’s important to keep in mind that for the most part, floors, kitchens and bathrooms take up the most focus of cleaning projects.
Just to note, there is quite a difference in focus areas between residential and commercial cleaning.
An average residential home is 2300 square feet, and around 30% of the cleaning effort involves the floor care (vacuum & mop). Whereas in a commercial office, up to 75 % of the effort is focused on the floors. This is definitely a factor in differentiating between the two models of in pricing. One might say it’s less challenging and timely to zip through a cleaning project where it’s “mainly” floors. Versus completely different residential job that takes a lot longer per square foot because of diversity.
Often, people overlook the fact there are various “knickknacks” throughout the family house that also need cleaning.
Something that’s often overlooked because people neglect to consider the extra time and effort it takes to navigate through a “knickknack” display, as each tiny trinket needs to be cleaned and moved individually to get the job done right. Just picture a buffet top full of all sorts of specialty porcelain dolls, collectible plates, antique vases, glass figurines and so forth…and we also know that it takes longer to clean a bookshelf of trophies, pictures, and trinkets, properly with details.