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Lowla Tue 25-Sep-12 17:03:03

I'm meeting a friend tomorrow who wants me to clean her two bedroom home from top to bottom. Floors, doors, windows etc. She's warned me it's a tip since her last tenants moved out. I've told her my rates are £8 an hour for this type of cleaning and general cleaning. However, since she'll need me for several hours, I'll give her a discount.

I was thinking it'll take me 6-8 hours. So £50 all in? Does that sound too expensive?

TalkinPeace2 Tue 25-Sep-12 17:15:17

Is this a one off deep clean or an ongoing job?
Have you looked at the house?
Have you agreed a standard - eg steam cleaning?

She stops being a friend the second money changes hand. Treat her as a professional client and you will both be happier for it.

ThunderboltKid Tue 25-Sep-12 17:20:20

£50 sounds pretty cheap to me - any chance you're in Sussex and want to come and do mine too? grin

I have a similar size house and would expect to pay at least £80 for a full deep clean.

Lowla Tue 25-Sep-12 17:37:54

Hi. ive not seen the house yet. going tomorrow to give her a quote. its just a one off deep clean. ill not be doing steam cleaning. just ordinary water and cleaners.

I dont charge extra for this service. if booked for longer than 4 consecutive hrs, i offer a discount. So that's why i was thinking £50 for 6-8 hours.

Sorry for the bad grammar. im on my phone.

TalkinPeace2 Tue 25-Sep-12 17:42:46

there may be a reason why she is asking a friend rather than another firm.
Keep your business head on at all times.

MrsMargoLeadbetter Wed 26-Sep-12 08:52:52

It might be too late...but I'd question why you are offering a discount. £8 an hour sounds good value to me, if you discount too heavily you will be nearing the min wage?

I personally wouldn't expext a discount on such a small job.
If I was offering you a contract to clean my fictional 8 properties on a monthly basis maybe.

I know she is a friend, but if she has a rental property I assume she is either earning income/it is an investment. I think she'd struggle to find such a good value cleaner elsewhere. Deep clean or Molly Maid types would be much more.

I know it is difficult with friends, but she needs a cleaner, you do cleaning so try to see it as a business transaction as Talkin says? She also has the benefit of trusting/knowing you.

Good luck with the meeting.


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