Cleaning your AirBnb – not the most fun part of owning a vacation rental but someone’s gotta do it! The cleaning fee on your listing is an important part that you don’t want to forget. As a new host, you’ll have to determine who will be cleaning and how much to charge for your AirBnb cleaning fee! So, how should you figure out how much to charge for your cleaning fee? Below I will outline some of my personal opinions and a survey of other AirBnb host’s take on this topic.
If you are thinking about becoming a new AirBnb host, the first step is to create your listing on AirBnb.
Should You Clean Yourself Or Hire A Cleaning Company?
This is the first question you want to ask yourself when trying to determine how much to charge for your cleaning fee.
Do you have the time to clean yourself? Some bookings come at the last minute and you’ll need to be available on the fly if you want to take the responsibility of cleaning.
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If the answer is yes, you’ll need to think about how much your time is worth to determine how much to charge your guest for a cleaning fee. Cleaning yourself could allow you to charge a little less than a company would charge. This could potentially motivate guests to book your listing over others that have a higher cleaning fee!
If You Are Not Going To Clean Yourself, Get Quotes From Local Cleaning Companies
If you are going to hire out your cleaning services and not do the cleaning yourself, make sure to get multiple quotes from cleaning services in the area. Each company may offer a different level of clean. Some will include doing laundry and some may not. Make sure to get a detailed list of what each company offers to be able to compare the pricing.
Should You Charge More Than You Pay Your Cleaning Company?
This is completely up to you and your situation as a host. For me personally, I charge $10 more than what I pay my cleaning company. This money goes towards supplies that I provide the guest like toilet paper, paper towels, coffee supplies, and anything else that they may request. For reference, my AirBnb (The Beach Life Bungalow) is a 2 bedroom, 1 bathroom single family home with a backyard. My cleaning company charges me $130 per clean and I charge the guest $140. This includes a complete clean from top to bottom including doing all of the laundry and dishes.
In one of my Facebook AirBnb Host groups, here is what a few others had to say on this topic…
I find out how much it’s going to cost me plus supplies and taxes, etc. I think I make some on the fee I charge, but sometimes there’s a deep clean and that’s costly too.
$5 over what I’m charged to help pay for toilet paper etc.
We compared our cleaning fee to other similar listings in the area to get a baseline idea. We pay our cleaners a little less than what we charge guests but the difference covers related costs (cleaning supplies and incidentals like replacing ruined sheets from time to time, etc).
Anything you buy related to cleaning can be covered with the cleaning fee. I just bought a steam mop and a diaper pail and so much other stuff, shoveling, driveway plowing, the list goes on and on….. that is definitely considered to be under the cleaning fee. What I pay my cleaner is just a large portion of it.
We clean our selves, but I would go for the break even if we had to hire a cleaner. We have a 1 1/2 bedroom and we charge $49 per stay, seems about right.
I guess we just breakdown our expenses and collect charges differently. We add in cost for electric, heat, water, pools, spas, courts, lawn work , and linen cost, pillows, property tax ……etc. and pass on expenses through those calculations. In our leases it states we will hold their security deposit and bill extra for damages, soiled sheets, neglect, excessive mess. I feel we get our fair due in that breakdown and I do not need to say it is a 150$ cleaning fee and then just pay my cleaners 125$ , or whatever you feel your share of a cleaning fee would be. Some of these cleans are stressful. And some ppl are down right nasty and disrespectful of others property. We charge enough that we don’t need to take our expenses from other services ……
I do not make a profit on cleaning at all! My cleaning cost includes everything related to cleaning including supplies.
I just pass on whatever fee my cleaners charge. The rub comes when the cleaners charge me extra because the guests left the condo in a mess. Usually I just suck it up because I don’t want a bad review.
What Is A Reasonable Cleaning Fee?
You want to make sure that your cleaning fee is reasonable and in line with the size and space of your house. Obviously a 1 bedroom apartment should not charge the same as a 6 bedroom house. Take into account how many bedrooms you have, how many beds, how many bathrooms, how many common spaces, and how many people your AirBnb accommodates.
So, what is a reasonable rate? Here are my thoughts and what I have seen on other hosts listing! Again, these numbers are dependent on the size of your space and what kind of amenities you provide your guests!
1 bedroom: $50 – $100 per stay
2 bedrooms: $100 – $150 per stay
3 bedrooms: $130 – $170 per stay
4+ bedrooms: $200+ per stay