Frequently Asked Questions How to Start a House Cleaning Business

How Much Money do I Need to Start a Cleaning Business?

Determining how much money you’ll need to fund a business can be tough – we’re trying to predict the future after all. With the answers to a few questions we can make a more accurate prediction about what it will take to start that new cleaning venture.


The first question is, what type of cleaning business do you want to start?

The cleaning industry has many sub-niches that you could specialize in. If you’re unsure, start with my cleaning report on the cleaning industryclick here.

The good thing about starting a residential cleaning business is that you can start using your own products or use your client’s products and equipment.

One thing you should consider is that when you rely on your customers, you may arrive to clean and not have the things you need to complete the job properly because they were not restocked or the equipment is broken or misplaced.

My Experience

I started my house cleaning business doing all the cleaning myself after investing in the products and equipment I would need. My plan was to get the business off the ground and then hire employees to do the cleaning for me. It was important to me that I knew all aspects of the work and dealing with clients in their homes.

This is what you need to decide for yourself – consider long-term, not just what you need today.

  • How much money do you want to invest in your success?
  • Are you willing to hustle to start earning enough to pay yourself and run your business?

How much money you will need is relative to the type of business you want to start.

Click Here for more information on the steps needed to start a house cleaning business. Using the steps listed, you can then research what you will need and then do the proper research in your city to identify the cost.

Basic Cost

The basic costs for the bare minimum will vary in each city, so be sure to do your own research:

  • Business License – not required in all cities; $50 – $200.
  • Advertising – drop at least 200 flyers; Black/White or Color $20 – $30.

Exposure to Risk

Using this basic cost method, you need to realize what your risk exposure will be.

Without insurance, you will be responsible for any damage you cause in the homes you provide service. Accidents do occur – bumping a vacuum into furniture; using the wrong product on a surface; knocking over an heirloom vase, etc. The liability for you is the forfeiture of your assets – your home – your car – your bank account.

Using your own equipment

If you don’t use your own products and equipment, you will find it difficult to provide the same quality work in each home you clean because you will be using different products all the time. You could arrive to clean and not have enough product or there may not be additional vacuum bags or mop attachments.

You will need to ensure you can charge enough to provide the requested service and still make a profit. If you’re not earning enough you won’t be able to grow your business. You need enough income to cover your business expenses and to pay your home bills.

To make an informed decision on getting a house cleaning business started, you should know some of the issues that will arise – common in the industry.

Learn more about starting a cleaning business

If you want to learn more about starting a house cleaning business, check out our comprehensive guide on starting a successful house cleaning business. We cover everything you need to know to start and run a thriving cleaning service.

By Anne-Marie

I'm Anne-Marie, the House Cleaning Pro. When I planned to build a house cleaning business, I knew I didn't want to be stuck doing all the work myself. I had much bigger plans, like 1) Building up the business to compete with the franchises in my city 2) Training employees to do the dirty work and 3) Having the ability to sell the business when the time was right. Discover how you can achieve your goals when you start a house cleaning business for maximum profits!