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  1. LightningCarpetCare

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    Where to start? I've been cleaning carpets for a long time and worked for companies that did flat price but never detailed to the clean. Meaning pre vacuum and so forth. Just spray and clean. I started 8 months ago and started with the flat rates at $50 a room. Now I do sq. footage and it seems to get harder as customers want a price on the fly. What can I tell customers to be assure they will get a great service? It seems hard at times cause not many want to hear that.


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  2. jtsunbrite

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    we are basically 65 bucks a room priced,,, but we do a lot of jobs for residential at sq ft prices ,,, depends on the customer,, this will be a good thread to watch.
     
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  3. longkenn

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    I am priced by the square foot. Many customers have no clue how to figure square footage. So, I have developed ways to figure it out on my own. I access the county real estate tax database and look at their square footage for the home, then I multiply by .7 to get a rough idea of the square footage normally carpeted. I then ask if they want all the carpeted areas cleaned. I ask how many rooms are carpeted. With the answers I can figure out pretty closely how many square feet I will be cleaning. I usually come within $5-$10 of actual measured sq. ft. charges once I arrive at the job.
     
  4. Travis Teague

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    Residential customers have no idea the amount of square footage they have or how to even add it up. If you tell them $0.50 per sq ft and they have 1000 sq ft . Most still could not do the math right. I think for residential customers you have to give a per room charge and explain what a room is.

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  5. Swani21

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    So what do you consider a room and how much do you charge per room?
     
  6. Travis Teague

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    I charge $40.00 per room but after seeing what others are posting I am thinking I need to up my price. I will clean up to 300 sqft as one room. But I also charge a tiny bed room with a bed that I have to work around as 1 room. I am not charging extra for rat nasty's but I think I should. I am just not sure how to tell a customer ( because you are a filthy slob I am going to charge to more). How are you guys wording that?

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  7. longkenn

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    At 300 sq ft I would be at $69 at my lowest price. Depending on services it could easily double that. I have a $115 minimum.
     
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  8. Prosteam-sonomacounty

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    I don't find square foot pricing to be tricky.
    If prospects object to the price range I give them (and many do..) it just wasn't a good fit.
    With my style of cleaning, I can only service a couple jobs a day unless they're small jobs so it all works out well enough
     
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  9. LightningCarpetCare

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    Yea it does man. We spoke on the phone and you made a lot of sense when you said what happens when you go to a house that has a 6x9 room and a 12x10? Per room rates will be tough cause you loose out time and money charging a flat fee compared to measuring it.


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  10. M4sT3R T3CH

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    Im going to give my 2 cents here. I used to do per room rates. What i found was i was taking advantage of some clients and some were taking advantage of me.

    I started at .30 my average price per job went up. At .30 a 300 sq ft room runs 90.00. Now you have to be diciplined. Now u have to prevac groom etc.

    I then started to do specials like 4 rooms for 99.00 up to 400 sqft. This works great.

    Hope this helps you. If you pull the trigger and price this way be confident when u price it out. If its 600 then its 600. This will keep you cleaning for those who want to seriously maintain their carpets. It weeds out some of the coupon shoppers.

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  11. LightningCarpetCare

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    Help me understand the 4 rooms for $99 up to 400 sq. ft. Cause 12x12 rooms @ 144x4=576sq. ft. So the 176 you would charge $.30? $99 + $52.80= $158.80 hope I got that right


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  12. TopJobROd

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    I have always charged by the square foot. What has changed is that bedrooms have become a minimum of 100 sq ft and my rates over the years have gone from .15 to .35 If a customer really needs a detailed estimate I will go out and give them one to sell a job. Most "coupon" or cheapest price customers are weeded out by a 140$ minimum. I will add that I measure most rooms in such a way (conservatively) that any customer who wants to measure their own rooms to see if I am cheating them will be embarrased that they even bothered.
     
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  13. Allied

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    I go look at every job unless its one of my PMs (flat rate for them up to 200sqft = $50). I explain what i need to do and what it cost...take it or leave it.

    This is my estimate from this morn...6 rooms one staircase...medium soil...some ink stains in the kids rooms.

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    The 2 small room were more due to the ink spots...and that is with no promises made that they will come out.
     
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    So no flat rate or sqft pricing really...just math in my head of what is going to take and how long.

    Job above will take 3hrs.
     
  16. M4sT3R T3CH

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    Yes thats why i put sq ftbrestrictions on it ip to 400 sq ft

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    My sqft is up to 400 sq ft for whole job. Not 400 sqft per room. Now i see the confusion. All i know is that this works well for us so far.

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  18. Prosteam-sonomacounty

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    No "wrong" way to price but I do think that OO's are going down a bad path if they try to compete with the pricing of large companies that are sending out employees...
    Yer delivering a completely different level of service ...with clients that are choosing you for different reasons....
    Why charge the same price for a level of service that isn't even the same sport as a big box company?...
    It's important to know yer strengths and weaknesses....and adjust accordingly
     
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  19. M4sT3R T3CH

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    Ya you need to set yourself apart from the other guys. Best way i have found is education and quality.

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  20. Prosteam-sonomacounty

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    I'm more a fan of the latter...

     
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