Hiring a Cleaning Company vs. an Individual

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Subject: I agree to comment above. I

I agree to comment above. I worked for a professional cleaning service as well, and dealt with a one or two or three hour window that had to be in and out by that time to move onto the next job often times leaving something undone which the next day the customer would complain about.
I am now working for myself looking to get a license, etc. however the work that I do all of the customers are 100% satisfied

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Subject: Why Hire a Commercial Cleaning Service?

Cleaning is never fun. However you look at it, it is time consuming. It can also cause quite a headache. As a business owner, you have the option of cleaning the building yourself, or hiring a commercial cleaning service. Even though it may seem like cleaning the building yourself will be cheaper upfront, there are infinite benefits for using Janitorial services. You have enough to worry about as it is, why not leave it to the professionals when it comes to the cleanliness of your building. By hiring a professional you may just save money in the long run, as they will already have the resources to meet your specialty cleaning needs.


Subject: professional cleaner

Okay I want to start off by saying I have worked as a "W2" cleaner as they so call it let me say the so called cleaning company was in no way professional behind their flashie logo they had us try to finish each house with in a 2 to 3 hour window to move on to the next just because they have all the bells and whistles if you have a coupon then you payless you get less according to these COMPANIES!as for contractors a lot of companies don't have employees they hire contractors so they don't have to pay Nothing so the poor CONTRACTOR pays for everything gas,supplies ,taxes ect.but atleast they take pride in there work don't please don't judge them by how. Good it looks by ther ad but how good of a job they do!

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I second the original question (still unanswered). Speaking as someone who logged in today to try to find an attorney, I see this category as one that's exactly what I have my Angie's List membership for:

1. It's important that I find a good one
2. I'm not an expert enough to know myself who is a good one
3. The industry is full of advertisements and misinformation
4. I wish I knew what experiences other people have had

I don't care about lawns--I planted mine in clover and don't have to mow it. When I do need to mow I use a rotary Fiskars mower, which is great--or a scythe. That's right--a scythe (the European type, which is smaller, and it's very good exercise). Gas-powered mowers, chemical fertilizers and weed killers--all nasty stuff that gets into everyone's air, soil, and water. I'm sure my neighbor doesn't like my wildflowers, semi-wild pockets of fruit bushes, and unmown areas and yes, dandelions (I have 10 acres) but that's too bad. It's better habitat for wildlife, especially the pollinators on which our food supply depends. I think this obsession with the Great American Lawn is a waste of time and resources. Plant some food instead.

I'm not sure Angie et. al. want you to have a complete answer to this question. By re-subscribing at the Indiana State Fair in 2012, I think I paid $20.00 per year for a multi- year subscription. Maybe even less. At the other extreme--and I hope my memory isn't faulty about this--I think the price, for my area, for ONE year was an outrageous $70.00. And they debited me automatically without warning. I had to opt out of that automatic charge. I like Angie's List, but if some of the companies they monitor behaved the way they do in this respect, they'd be on some sort of Pages of Unhappiness. I'll be interested to see if this comment gets published or censored out of existence.

That's very difficult to answer without seeing the house. As one poster said, the prep is the most important part. On newer homes that don't have a lot of peeling paint, the prep can be very minimal even as low as a couple or a few hundred dollars for the prep labor.

On a 100 year old home with 12 coats of peeling paint on it, then the prep costs can be very high and can easily exceed 50% of the job's labor cost.

A 2100 sq ft two story home could easily cost $1000 just for the labor to prep for the paint job. That number could climb too. Throw in lots of caullking  or window glazing, and you could be talking a couple or a few hundred dollars more for labor.

Painting that home with one coat of paint and a different color on the trim could run roughly $1000 or more just for labor. Add a second coat  and that could cost close to another $1000 for labor.

For paint, you may need 20 gallons of paint. You can pay from $30-$70 for a gallon of good quality exterior paint. The manufacturer of the paint should be specified in any painting contract. Otherwise, the contractor could bid at a Sherwin-Williams $60 per gallon paint and then paint the house with $35 Valspar and pocket the difference. $25 dollars per gallon times 20 gallons? That's a pretty penny too.

That was the long answer to your question. The short answer is $2000 to $4000 and up, depending upon the amount of prep, the number of coats, the amount of trim, and the paint used.