Knowing how carpet cleaning companies price their services can help you avoid an unpleasant experience and get the best value. For years many carpet cleaning companies advertised ridiculously low room prices and then gave the real price once in the home. They banked on the fact that you’re not going to throw them out once they’re there. But the public wised up to that tactic.
Some carpet cleaning companies charge by the square foot, usually from 30¢ to 40¢ per square foot. An average home has 1000 or more square feet of carpet. That adds up to $300 to $400 per average home. Now if you told the average homeowner that, they’d probably keep shopping around. But if you told them 30¢ to 40¢ per square foot they might think that reasonable. And, of course, once the carpet cleaner does his measuring and lays the price on you, you shrug and give the go-ahead.
In all fairness to most carpet cleaning companies, whichever approach is used, you often wind up paying a fair price for the work. Many honest operators feel forced into distasteful methods of advertising out of desperation since they have to compete with these misleading ads.
If you don’t have a good sense of the size of your rooms, don’t despair. You don’t need to spend half a day measuring all your rooms. Take an average room in your house and roughly measure it. You can even pace it off. From there youcan get a gauge on the size of the other rooms you want cleaned. It doesn’t have to be exact. You now should be able to decipher most companies’ prices and do a true comparison.
The other thing you might want to check is what is included in the price. If the advertised price seems unrealistic there are most likely hidden charges. Ask direct questions about extra charges and gauge how they’re handled. Of course, there are things that most carpet cleaning companies charge extra for that make sense like pet stains, but they should inform you of these when you call so you’re not surprised after the carpet cleaner arrives.
In summary, read the fine print, do the math, ask hard questions and you should be fine. I hope this clears up some of the confusion and helps you avoid an unpleasant experience.
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