A professional cleaner has revealed the surprising price she’s charging to clean a hoarder’s home.
Charlotte Bosanquet, from Sydney, was called to a property for a consultation after the previous occupants left mountains of debris, filthy clothes, cardboard boxes and old furniture behind.
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The 20-year-old said she was tasked with tackling the major job of clearing out the build-up of junk, food remnants, dirt and grime so the owners could put in on the market to sell.
Charlotte – who professionally cleans hoarder homes for a living – said the task will take her team just over a week to complete.
“I travelled one-and-a-half hours to go and inspect this property and give my client a quote. They want every single thing removed out of the home and cleaned – ready to sell,” she said.
“It’s really hard to see just how much stuff is in this house but it’s a lot. I’m not going to gatekeep the price of professionally cleaning this hoarder’s home top to bottom.
“It does make me really sad to think that someone was living in here but I can’t wait to make it look as good as I can.”
Professional cleaner Charlotte Bosanquet has revealed the surprising price she’s charging to clean a hoarder’s home. Credit: @carecleaningservicessyd
Before giving a quote, Charlotte – who runs her own business called Care Cleaning Services – said she had to take a few things into consideration – including the three-hour round trip from her home to the hoarder’s property.
“So a lot of people don’t think of everything that goes into this,” she explained.
“For example, the drive there is one-and-a-half hours so I have to consider petrol, the travel time there and paying my employees the petrol time there.
“I’m going to pay my employees a lot more than their normal rate because this job is a lot more physical and it’s a really hard job when you’re lifting everything and doing a lot more of a deeper clean than you would for a normal house so that does cost money.”
As the cleaning job will take more than a week to tackle, the cleaner said she might have to pay for accommodation if needed.
The quote also includes the cost of protective gear, cleaning supplies, infestations and hiring skip bins.
“There’s so much stuff in the home, it’s insane,” she said.
“And also just the general risk including pest infestations. There could be a bunch of mice at the bottom of these piles, I just don’t know.”
She was called to a property for a quote after the previous occupants completely trashed every room with mountains of debris. Credit: @carecleaningservicessyd
Charlotte said she’s quoted the owners $17,000 to clean the entire property – not including the backyard work.
“So I’ve asked them for an upfront deposit of $3000 which will hopefully be able to cover my employees. I’m estimating it would take a little bit over a week to clean,” she said.
“From there, they’re actually going to pay me after the sale of the house. So I’ve had a huge contract written up so that it’s all legal and they will be paying $17,000 total – including the $3000 – after the sale of the house.
“I think this is a super affordable and fair price after everything that goes into all the planning and all the driving.
“The owners have accepted our quote so I’m so keen to start this in the next couple of weeks.”
Charlotte then asked the internet: “How much would you pay someone if this was your own home and you wanted it cleaned to perfection?”
Her two videos have been viewed more than 680,000 times – with many surprised with her quote.
She was tasked with tackling the major job of clearing out the build-up of junk, food remnants, dirt and grime. Credit: @carecleaningservicessyd Charlotte – who professionally cleans hoarder homes for a living – said the task will take her team just over a week to complete. Credit: @carecleaningservicessyd
“I personally think $17,000 is not enough! That’s a MASSIVE job!” one said.
Another suggested: “$17,000 may sound like a lot but people forget not all of that is profit. Gotta spend money to make money!”
One said: “I think that’s a bit generous, maybe $19,000 to $22,000?”
Another shared: “I would have gone to $20,000. The value added to the property after you have done your work will be huge.”
One added: “Well done. $17,000 is a lot of money but it’s a big job and you’re not a charity. You and team will do a fantastic job. It’s nice you look after employees.”
Another said: “If I was in their position from what it looks like, that’s a really fair price. They are lucky to have you on board.”
While one revealed: “More than fair. I have worked in restoration including hoarder and trauma cleaning and these are physically and mentally draining tasks with variables.”
Some suggested Charlotte may have “under quoted” the owners but she responded: “I know what I’m doing.”
While another added: “Easily a $25,000 job. $17,000 seems like too little especially given the transportation time.”
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