What is a fair price to pay a private cleaner?

I own 2 properties, one is a 2 bedroom rented as one listing, the other is a 4 bedroom house listed as 4 separate listings. I offered to pay $25/room in the 4 bedroom house, and $40/turnover in the 2 bedroom house. But the cleaner will also be doing the laundry, some at her house and some at my property. Should I pay extra for laundry? How much? Any advice on some kind of way to fairly rate these services would be greatly appreciated!

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This probably depends on where you live and the going rates of cleaners. I personally paid my cleaners by the hour (back when I could afford this luxury). I as I recall, it was around $200 for 6 hours? You may be able to find cheaper, but I would pay hourly for her for her time/products/utilities while doing laundry, especially at her home.

I would have thought for the laundry an agreed amount per load. At my local launderette I think a service wash is in the region of £10, including tumble drying. You can go around the listing determining how many loads per room. My machine comfortably takes a double duvet set and two bath towels.

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What you’re going to pay depends on where you live. Here in South Florida I couldn’t get a cleaner to come for less that $80 USD. Cleaners here do not want to work to the wacky schedule of guests coming in and out; they want to work every Tuesday or every other Monday. Same thing for Cleaning Companies, they are gonna send someone out “every once in awhile”.

I pay $50/cleaning of a 3-room space that takes right around 2 hours (~440sf/40sm). That’s with all the linens ready for them to swap out. I’d expect to pay at least $5/load if they did the laundry also. Two other companies bid the same space at $70.

@KenH makes a good point about cleaners preferring a regular gig. I split my flips between one cleaner who works M/Th and another who is more flexible, but less available.

Rather than wonder what to pay a cleaner, I’d try to find out what they charge! Have a look on the local ‘for sale’ site, see if any cleaners are advertising their services. Don’t forget, a private cleaner will charge nearly half of what a cleaning company will charge for the same service. But there are advantages with a company, they’ll cover with another cleaner when your regular cleaner is on holiday, and they probably to criminal checks on all their staff.
Ideally, you’ll have a neighbour who doesn’t really want all the fuss of working, but is happy to do random hours for you, here and there.

All very helpful replies! What about dealing with short term frequent turnovers vs long term stays. Should I pay more for my property that has long term bookings since they will use more of the community areas like the kitchen and cooking ware?

Here in Hawaii the going rate is $25 to 30 an hour. If I have to pay someone to clean my apartment I will pay them 85, which is what I charge the guest.

What do you mean, the cleaning person does some laundry at her house? That seems odd to me. I think you should compensate her more for the hassle of that, plus utilities.

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