I think most guys have a sq ft limit on room pricing.Taking your time, cleaning thoroughly and being super careful inside a clients home isn't rocket surgery, it just takes more time. The tricky part is making sure that your client recognizes your effort. The reason I hate per room pricing is because your high end clients end up getting the worst service. Let me explain. You charge $55 per room and then you go into someone's home that is huge. This client wants and expects you to take special care of their flooring. This client WILL recognize your effort or lack thereof. Well he's got a 450' Master, a 650' playroom, 500' LR.....etc. Now you're cleaning for 10-15 cents per foot. You're in a position to HAVE to rush and this is the last client in the world that you can afford to rush with. Bottom line, you will NEVER be able to cultivate this kind of client because they are ultimately getting a subpar service in relation to the guy who has a 100' br. This is why square foot pricing has completely changed the way I service a client. Someone will say , "but I charge $100 per room". Congratulations but the guy in a small house is paying nearly $1 per foot and the mansion home is still 20 cents per foot. Sorry about the long read but I thought a proper explanation was warranted.
My min charge is $180 and this will clean UP to 3 average size and soiled areas. Any additional work is on a " I will view the area and access". Most of my work is repeats. On new work we always have a nice detailed conversation when they phone.
I have a very good idea what I'm up against before arrival.
I know the sq ft of house , Berber carpet, furniture to be moved and they limit on their credit card! Lol.
Like you Mike , I usally only do a couple jobs in the day and allow for the attention to detail.
All comes down to client qualification.
Most times we show up , have the run of the house and hand them a bill at the end.
I even get the odd time someone saying "Oh that's a reasonable charge , I thought it would be more" ughhh .... Wait
I forgot the 15% gratuity.
Sorry about the ramble
My point is room pricing can be high end as well. I adjust my price based on work and area involved. Haven't advertised a price in 15 years. New custy's call those magic 7 digits with area code.... I take it from there.