You should have a process in place for creating an estimate for your cleaning business before you have your first client. Here's a step-by-step guide to creating an accurate cleaning estimate:
Hourly or set rate for the project estimate?
To begin with, you must select whether you will charge your clients by the hour or by the project. It is entirely up to you which approach you use, but each has pros and cons.
An hourly rate provides the customer with a lot of freedom, but it doesn't offer you any consistent income. Charging by the job provides you with an approximate monthly revenue and consistency; but, cleaning might take longer or even shorter than expected, which may make your customer dissatisfied since he/she believes you didn't perform your work well or overpaid him/her.
Even if you decide to charge clients by the work, you should set an hourly rate.
Your hourly rate should be determined by your competitors, the location in which you clean (greater median income = higher cleaning rate), and the level of service you provide (e.g.,If you are using your own products, then charge more.).
Assess the cleaning job
Assess the job thoroughly before sending an estimate to the customer. Consider the services you'll provide, such as mopping, sweeping, dusting, organizing, and window cleaning. These jobs should be included in the quote and charged for.
Remember to round up. Take measurements of the room, home, or structure you intend to clean. Consider the type of flooring or furniture your customer has, the complexity of the cleaning, unique chores, and so on before submitting an estimate.
Calculate the time required for each task and include it in the quote.
Send or provide your customer with a quote.
The final step is simple. Just remember to include a thank you message with the quotation. Once you've made the quotation, you may send it through email, mail, or print it and hand it to your customer.