Cleaning Fee is what you pay yourself (or a cleaner) to make the place ready for the next guests. What was asked was NOT “cleaning” it was simply assembly of dirty items and doing some dishes.
Cleaning is scrubbing the bathroom(s), vacuuming, mopping the floor, cleaning drapes and ceiling fans, dusting wooden surfaces and wiping countertops and sinks, cleaning all mirrors and windows.
Your friend’s “expected” list is perfectly normal, and not at all unreasonable since the details were known in advance. Not everyone has a dishwasher. I certainly grew up with a family of 5 without one.
You make it sound as if this was a major problem!! If the dinner dishes were done the night before, there would not be much breakfast dishes (and no lunch dishes at 10 AM) to do on check out morning. If your friend couldn’t make a temporary sink stopper from a wash cloth or wad of paper towels, that’s too bad. Yes the lack of a sink stopper should be mentioned in the Private part of the Review.
Each person strips his/her own bed, grabs his/er own towels etc. and dumps them in the washing machine. Elapsed time 10 minutes. One person is designated to add soap and turn the machine on. Another 10 minutes to take out the trash. If you don’t lollygag around and get up at 9:49AM that’s a simple checkout!!
Fees are up to you, but $150 seems a bit excessive, as does your $50 fee if you have only 1 bedroom. I do not, but I could get a housecleaner here in South Florida to do a 3 BR house for about $85.
We do all our own cleaning and laundry, and charge a $20 Cleaning Fee which mostly covers consumables - mini soaps, bulk shampoos, toilet paper and paper towels, chocolates, bottled water and a bottle of “3 Buck Chuck” wine. We have a 625 sq foot cabana with a single Queen bed, kitchenette (microwave, minifridge, sink, coffee/tea pots), walk in closet and two-head shower bathroom.
I expect guests to leave the bed unmade, the towels piled on the bathroom floor, trash bagged, and recyclables in the appropriate container. During their stay, I expect guests to wash their own coffee cups and silverware (I serve prepared gourmet breakfasts and do the plates/saucers/bowls in our dishwasher). Our listing takes about 2 hours to completely R&R.
Checkout is at 10. By 10:20 I have the laundry going (all in one big load), consumables replaced, trah taken out, and I’m working on the bathroom. I’m completely done cleaning and dusting, making the bed, vacuuming and mopping the tile floor, rugs beaten, by 12:30 although the laundry may not yet be dry (that’s why we have two changes of laundry for the place).