Before hiring a Professional Organizer, you are going to want to know what they charge and what are comparable rates. So many Organizers have structured their businesses in different models and as a client, it can be really overwhelming to know how to make sense of it all.
**Side note, if you are a someone who is looking to become a Professional Organizer or someone who is looking to learn how other Organizers charge for their services, a portion of my "How to Become a Professional Organizer" actually speaks on what things you should consider when looking to price out your services. You find my courses HERE**
If you are a client who is looking to hire a Professional Organizer, I bet your first step is to Google! Upon Googling, you can immediately see that Organizers can charge anywhere from $30/hr up to a few hundred an hour. So what makes up this massive gap??
This seems like a no-brainer. But if you are a client looking into hiring a Professional Organizer, this can sometimes get lost and defining what experience actually means, can be a little confusing to understand.
Some Professional Organizers might have experience organizing spaces. But if they are new to the industry they may need sometime to build up the skill necessary to work with clients, their interpersonal skills. Remember that Professional Organizing and specifically Residential, can be a very personal experience. If you are experience a traumatic event or a life transition, you will want someone who has those communication skills to help you and your family during the project.
2. Training, Courses, Education:
An Organizer who is committed to their business and industry is going to take the time (mostly during the nights and weekends) to read and study up on industry standards. A truly great Professional Organizer will take time out of their year to attend the NAPO Conference which is hosted around the country and has a wealth of information for Organizers to learn from. Find a Professional Organizer who is committed to continuing education and staying current on research in the industry.
You can Google search (or NAPO search!) to find an Organizer in your area. The amazing thing once you do, is to see that there are so many areas a Professional Organizer can niche in. Everything from kitchens to offices to photos to barns. There is no limit to what an Organizer can specialize in! Do your research when finding a Professional Organizer to work with and look at their educational background to see if they are qualified in the area(s) you are needing help in.
4. National Organizations/Memberships:
Keep in mind that an Organizer should be participating in national memberships such as Institute for Challenging Disorganization (ICD) or National Association of Productivity and Organizing Professionals (NAPO). These memberships come with a fee as well as additional services that your Organizer will offset through their business so they can provide you with the best possible experience.
Geographical location is super important. In Los Angeles for example, the market for Professional Organizers is really saturated. While in more rural regions of the country, Organizers are more limited. This means that an Organizer who is a rural area is being pulled by more clients and you can get into a cost/demand situation.
6. Their Connections:
If you are hiring a Professional Organizer, you are not just hiring that one person or their staff. You are hiring their team of connections. When you hire an Organizer keep in mind that they should bring with them a contacts and connections they have made to help assist you in your organizing job. So if you need help with another area of your home such as plumbing, your Organizer will be able to refer you to at least 3 other plumbers who can help you get the job done.
I'd love to know what your thoughts are on this. Do you think a Professional Organizer should have different rates or prices? Let me know!
And if you want to schedule a call and start the journey to living a more organized life (and a less stressful one!) you can book your call with me HERE