How Different Job Types Work
As a property manager, you may need to book, manage, and track a wide range of cleaning and maintenance job types. TIDY should be able to configure your account for anything you like, but this guide will show you how customers often book or manage different job/service types.
For every job type, you have the same core options:
- If you are working with pros already, you can use TIDY to automate the tracking, to-do lists, payments, and scheduling of jobs, but we should not change much about the job itself.
- If you want to browse new pros using our tools, and negotiate something particular, this should work similarly to your own pro, after you have finished the matching and negotiation.
- If you want to have our team help find you a pro that matches your criteria, there may be limitations on what we can help you find.
Cleanings typically come in a few main types:
- Fixed-length cleanings - These allow you to book a cleaner for a set length of time. This is good because it allows you to get instant pricing, and can sometimes give you "more bang for your buck" because you can have them focus on your most important tasks during the length of the job. But it may not be able to get everything you would like done, it depends on the situation! These did not really exist until technology enabled them, because they were challenging for pros to manage, but are very popular now.
- To-completion cleanings - These are clenaings to bring the property to a standard agreed upon by the client and pro. These can vary widely in pricing, depending on the state of the property, the standards of the client, and more. Some pros will quote a price for these, but they often require details before doing so (including sometimes an on-site visit).
Typical prices for 1 hour cleanings are $50-$80, for 2.5 hour cleanings are $110-$160, for 4 hour cleanings are $130 to $200. Multiple cleaners typically double these rates. Typical prices for to-completion cleanings is typically $180 to $230 for standard cleanings, $230 to $ for deep cleanings, but pricing varies considerably. Last minute requests typically charge more.
Handyman jobs can vary widely. Most handyman will charge a minimum fee plus hourly rate. Some handyman jobs will be fixed fee for a known service (such as lock installation). If you want to maximize the value of your handyman, typically you want to have multiple tasks lined up for them to complete. Different handyman may be more or less capable at different things. Typically, handyman can do things but are not as good as a specialist. For example, most handyman can do some painting, but they are not as good as a dedicated painter.
Typical handyman rates are: $40-80/hour. Last-minute requests typically charge more.
Trash Pickup / Take Out
If you need large items taken out, you may want to refer to "Junk Removal" in this document.
But if you need assistance taking trash cans out, you have a few options:
- Add it as a task for another job (inspection, cleaning, etc). This is something most pros will do easily for you, even if it is a bit atypical. This works if you already have a job scheduled.
- If it is for a "off day", then you may need to schedule someone separate to come and do this. Typically, the person doing the trash needs to take out the cans in the morning, then take them back at night. This requires 2 trips to the property, but is short each time.
Typical prices are $40-$80 per pickup. Last minute requests typically charge more.
Laundry or Linen Pickup
Laundry/Linens can typically be done by clients in one of several ways.
On Site Laundry
They can hire a pro to come on site, and have them do laundry as a part of this. This is typically done in conjunction with a cleaning of some kind. This is a common approach, and typically not an additional charge by the cleaners. For this to work, the pro must have access to laundry on-site and there must be enough time booked to complete the job in full. To estimate the amount of time needed to do laundry, we recommend looking at the time to complete each load, plus buffer/transition time. For example, if your laundry takes 60 minutes and dryer takes 60 minutes, then you can assume completing 1 load will take at least 2.5 hours (assuming a 30 minute buffer). If you need 2 loads done, you probably need 4 hours of job time.
Typical pricing is included in cleaning jobs.
You can schedule laundry pickup. TIDY can work with integrated providers to handle this. Here is how they work:
- You schedule the pickup times.
- The person picks up the laundry.
- The person gets the laundry cleaned.
- The person drops off the laundry, typically 1 day later.
This can be coordinated with cleaning services:
- Get the laundry out and ready for pickup.
- Take the laundry in and put it away.
An example workflow of this is for a turnover for a short term rental:
- You may book a person to come clean and turnover the property.
- While the cleaner is there cleaning, you may have the person take out the laundry to be ready for pickup.
- The cleaner uses the owners closet or spare linens inside the house to get the property ready.
- You schedule the laundry pickup for later in the day.
- The laundry pickup happens asyncronously later.
- The laundry gets delivered back when clean.
- The next cleaner coming for a turnover arrives and brings the linens inside and away, putting out the dirties again for the next pickup.
For this workflow to work you typically need some spare sets of linens.
Typical pricing for laundry delivery is $1.10 to $1.30 per pound with a $35-60 minumum.
Junk removal is typically when you need a lot of stuff removed from the property. Typically this is priced by volume and weight, and vendors come, get the stuff, and leave.
Typical pricing for junk removal ranges from $120 to $500.