How to Start a Home Cleaning Business

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A Quick Overview of Starting A Home Cleaning Business

House cleaning is a repeat customer type of business, you can build a small client base and run a successful business.

Your main goal is to provide excellent service, charge accordingly, and tailor your services that your clients want week after week.

Skill Set:

  • Dispose of garbage and other waste lawfully
  • Make sure you have all necessary supplies (inventory)
  • Carpet cleaning
  • Drapery, window, shade cleaning
  • Ecological knowledge, reducing waste
  • Sanitizing kitchens bathrooms, floors, etc.
  • Window cleaning
  • Organizing
  • List of Common Business Skills
Employee and Job Consideration During The Start-Up Phase or In The Future:
Approximate Daily Hours Needed:

This job typically has longer hours that span from early in the morning to early evening.

Plan to spend about an hour loading equipment and getting to your destination. At the end of the day, plan on closer to two hours to clean and store equipment and chemicals properly complete paperwork work, billing, etc.

Equipment, Supplies, & Services During Start-up OR In The Future:
  • Cleaning solutions
  • Appropriate work clothes, shoes, rubber gloves, PPE
  • Paper towels or cleaning towels, newspaper for windows
  • Vacuum, Mop, bucket, broom, dustpan, scrubbing sponges and/or brushes, Trash bags
  • Uniforms: modern aprons with pockets and company logo, hats, shirts, overalls, etc.
  • Dedicated van(s) or truck(s)
  • Steam cleaners for carpets and drapes
  • Warehouse or other storage for equipment and supplies
  • Dumpster
  • Essential office Equipment
Monthly Expenses and Operating Costs To Consider:
Licenses:
Approximate Startup Cost:

To start you’ll need approximately $500 to $10,000 to purchase cleaning supplies, equipment and a vehicle.

If you want to expand your business, you are looking at $10,000 to $100,000. With this amount of funding, you’ll be off to a good start by hiring a crew, buying better equipment, equipping your main facility, and having some operating money to run and market your business.

Pros and Cons:

The Pros:

  • You can work in solitude
  • You set your daily, weekly, and monthly work schedule
  • You can offer additional services such as before- and after-party cleanup
  • Low start-up costs
  • A highly demanded service

 

The Cons:

  • Clients can hover over you as you work
  • You can be held liable for stolen or broken items (hence the need to be bonded and insured)
  • Physically demanding work
  • Some types of garbage might be unpleasant to deal with: toilets, refrigerators, food that’s been left out for a long time, and so on
Statistics:

See Valuation Resources for current statistics, trends and outlooks.

Revenue:

“‘How much should I charge’ is the million dollar question – literally. The answer is a big part of the difference in what makes a million-dollar cleaning business versus the typical mediocre home cleaning business,” says Gary Goranson, founder, and president of cleaning company Work Enders and leader of the House Cleaning Biz 101 program. There are so many factors to consider in properly pricing a housecleaning that the answer to the how-much-to-charge question is rarely obvious.

The U.S. Census Bureau has up-to-date revenue statistics for various service industries and specific home cleaning statistics as well.

Resources:

Related Sites:

Cleaning-Tips

Maid Services of America

Equipment and Supplies:

The Clean Team

Clean Freak

Monster Janitorial

Forums:

Janitorial Cleaning Business

Franchises:

Franchise Gator

Maid Brigade

Maid Pro

Associations:

Association of Residential Cleaning Services International

Books and E-Books:

Start and Run a Profitable Home Cleaning Business

Start and Run a Home Cleaning Business

Other:

Foreclosure House Cleaning Business

Home Biz Tips (Housecleaning)