I'm a new host - What is the benefit to listing a separate 'cleaning fee'? Is it funds listed on my taxes differently? Or is it an easy way to get additional funds for the reservation...what...?? And, is there a benefit to not having an extra cleaning fee added, simply have it included in the nightly fee...?? Thanks for thoughts...just couldnt find any related suggestions from ABnB guidelines...
Cleaning fee is a standard for AirBnB so if you include it into your rate you may price yourself out of the market when guests are searching.
Lets say it costs you $20 to clean a room (cleaning time, products, laundry, a setaside for replacement worn sheets-towels etc) and your base rental rate is $50.
Comparing 5 day stays:
If you roll the cleaning fee into your rental your guest pays $350 (esentially they pay the cleaningfee 5x)
Another place with the same rates separated cleaning fee + rental pays $270 ($50x5+$20)
When comparing prices, guest will figure this out you will likely not get many bookings at all.
Hope that helps.
Thanks bunches for the response...gives me perspective and understanding...should I decide to absorb cleaning fee in my room price, I will ensure that it is not disportionate as your example suggests...
Glad I could help. I am not a huge fan of the cleaning fee ( mine is $14)and don't get many stays past 4 days so its not a huge factor for me. However, it is itemized in your host statistics so I consider that amount my budget for products, upgrades & replacements. This year I have made $476 in cleaning fees so I can safely use that as my spending account. I bought 2 minifridges, 4 robes, new lamps... with no guilt because I knew I had it in my cleaning fee spending budget.
Good luck and happy hosting :)
Cleaning service fees won't be subject to most transient/lodging taxes if they are line itemed separately. But they will be subject to income tax.
I recently wrote an article called Optimizing Your Listing - Cleaning Costs which outlines some of the pros and cons of including a separate cleaning fee versus building it into your flat rate. Let me know if it helps!
Thanks Nina, very helpful info - I really like the 'all inclusive' pricing, but also like the separation for taxing purposes....what to do, what to do!? For now I have separated during my trial phase...will revisit later once I have a grip on all the tax vs. booking ease ramifications thereof.
Sorry for late reply, some of my responses were going to spam folder...grr
A quick question for cleaning fee. What I understand is the cleaning fee is a one-time charge for each reservation. What happen when my guest books for 5 day-long and she requests for cleaning service? She needs to responsible for the extra cleaning charge seperately?