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Tcbas, Both Buyer and Seller in Staten Island, NY

what is the average cost for foreclosure cleaning services?

Asked by Tcbas, Staten Island, NY Sun Sep 13, 2009

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I work as a sub-contractor working for a contractor whom cleans, trash out and grounds for HUD and bank foreclosed homes. When I get to the house, there is not an enormous amount of debris (usually). The max amount could be as much as 10 cubic yards. My employer pays a flat rate $150 per house. He provides the tools, gas, supplies, vehicle. I just do the labor and have had to hire two others people that work for me.

After keeping track of my hours per pay period, deducting pay for my employees and considering travel miles, I earn 8-10 dollars per hour. Looking for feed back because I feel this amount is too low. I do quality work which results in good grades from the QC people. I drive all over middle TN getting on the average 11 houses cleaned per pay period (two weeks). I realize I am low woman on totem pole but does anyone have an opinion about this wage an hour?

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Lucille TN
0 votes Thank Flag Link Sun Dec 23, 2012
I think that having professional cleaning services can be very nice. They do a phenomenal job; plus, I often struggle developing the desire to clean myself. I think it is important to find those who will know how to clean the area. An arena requires different cleaning than a high school gym, or even your home.
Flag Wed Dec 10, 2014
I'm not quite sure. I was just wondering this myself. Thanks for posting this answer though. I will have to look into some different businesses. I'm sure the cost can vary.
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0 votes Thank Flag Link Wed Dec 7, 2011
It just varies of how much work needs to be done. More work = More money. Although you can have a smaller home, but if it has issues such as mold or even a pool in the backyard that needs major servicing / cleaning out, then thats more expense out of your pocket. There are companies out there now, that focuses on cleaning up foreclosure properties since it is a big market these days.

0 votes Thank Flag Link Sun Apr 10, 2011
Lot of scenarios have to be taken into account when pricing your foreclosure cleanup business' services. You can earn anywhere from a few hundred to a few thousand on a foreclosure cleanup job. It depends on so many things. We've written the book on foreclosure cleanup pricing, taking into consideration HUD's maximum payout to the primary contractor. You'd be surprised at what goes into pricing a foreclosure cleanup job -- FOR PROFIT! Do some research in your area, do some reading, do some calling of your competition, and go for it! You can't put a price on plain old trial and error!

Cassandra, Foreclosure Cleanup, Atlanta
0 votes Thank Flag Link Tue Oct 12, 2010

I am dealing in foreclosures daily. Some of them have mold, some of them are perfect. It really depends on the severity of the trash out. In general they run a couple thousand dollars.
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0 votes Thank Flag Link Wed Oct 6, 2010
It varies, depending on a number of factors. How large is the property? What condition is it in? And more specifically, how long will it take to clean?

The way someone SHOULD price a cleanout service is by first determining how long it'll take. Let's say it'll take 20 hours. Obviously, that depends on size and condition of the property.

The second step is to calculate the value of your time, or the time of the people who'll be cleaning it. Let's say you value your time at $15 an hour.

You multiply the time by the labor rate. In this case, you'd come up with $300.

Then you add in overhead. That's the time you have to spend getting a job, as well as the paperwork and other non-revenue items. For many cleaning-type services, direct labor is about 70% of the total charged. So about 30% is overhead. So, adding in overhead, you're up close to $400. Your overhead will vary, but don't underestimate it.

You might want to adjust your numbers up a bit, depending on market conditions. Never adjust them down. You'd be cheating yourself--working for less than what you've determined to be a fair hourly wage, or working extra hours for free. Don't do that. But let's say, in this scenario, you're at $400. How urgently does the property need to be cleaned? The price might go up some. Or how busy are you? If you're already stretched thin and you'd have to squeeze this job in, or hire extra bodies at above your average rate, the price could go up.

That's the basic approach.

Here are a couple of additional resources:

Hope that helps.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Fri Oct 16, 2009
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