The necessary forms and requirements to start a house-cleaning business include a Doing Business As, or DBA, and a vendor's license, reports the Houston Chronicle. Call the county clerk or county administration office in your area to request an application form. After deciding on the name of your cleaning business, submit the application along with the application fee. Successful application for a DBA also gives you a vendor's license.
After obtaining a DBA and a vendor's license, purchase all necessary home-cleaning tools and materials, including mops, buckets and spray bottles, as well as window, mirror and floor cleaners, suggests the Houston Chronicle. Other essential supplies include garbage-can liners, trash bags, rags, squeegees and toilet brushes.
Cleaning residential homes also requires equipment such as a carpet cleaner and a vacuum cleaner, states the Houston Chronicle. Compare the costs of other cleaning services to determine the appropriate prices for your services. Carpet cleaners usually estimate costs based on the size of an area in square feet.
To market your new house-cleaning business, distribute fliers to homeowners in your location, and contact a well-known, local newspaper and free newspapers to put advertisements about your business, recommends the Houston Chronicle. After getting clients, ask them if they know friends who need regular home cleaning. Additionally, provide discounts to customers who refer your services to others.