Why Home Grooming Can Be Costly?

Many have the perception that home grooming is generally cheaper than salons. I beg to differ and here’s why from my point of view.

Transportation 

Home groomers may travel in all sort of ways, public or private transport. For public transport, although generally cheaper compared to owning a vehicle, traveling takes longer time than driving. It includes the walking distance from destination to bus/mrt stations, waiting and traveling time. And the groomer who opted for this option may have to carry all the equipment needed and that includes the grooming table. All of this time and effort adds up will cost more than the actual public transport cost.

Home groomers with their own have additional expenses. Such as car insurance and maintenance, petrol, parking fees and the cost of the car with COE. These cost more than taking the public transport. But its rather convenient for the groomer themselves.

Skills Upgrade

There’s so much to learn to be honest. Different breeds requires many different techniques. Naturally groomers would want to head back to the learning journey.

Courses doesn’t cost just a few hundred. It cost thousands over especially an overseas trip to learn from one of the best in the world.

Equipment

I personally have tons of grooming equipment. More or less each groomer has the same.

Grooming table, the one I had, I got it at $95. Slightly bigger ones cost about $170.

The most basic scissors probably cost about $180 for a good pair. For a better one it could cost about $500 and above.

Comb wise, the most basic ones is around $20. Better ones from what I know cost about $90.

Dog blower, it depends if your groomer is using the normal salon hair dryer or the powerful dog blower. A hair dryer could cost about $50 and above. While a powerful dog blower could cost above $120. The ones you see at the grooming salon, it cost about $600 and above.

Just all of these cost a bomb, not to mention about brushes and nail clippers etc. Grooming equipment are never cheap.

* Prices are base on my own equipment and knowledge. 

Shampoo & Conditioners

Some home groomers bring their own shampoo and conditioner unless owner requested to use theirs instead.

Depending on brands, it could range from $90 to $200.

Spa & Treatment

As an additional option, home groomers may introduce their spa and treatment to pamper your pets. These little thing doesn’t come cheap.

Prices varies from $100 to probably a thousand for the equipment or products.

Maintenance & Repairs

Equipment needed the maintenance. Occasionally, it requires repair service. This is to make sure the equipment are in tip top condition for the work.

It could cost from around $28 for minor repairs to probably over a hundred for major ones.

These are just a rough gauge and ideas on my own opinion why home grooming may cost a little more than salon. I am not saying salon grooming doesn’t have their own expeditures, but each have their own pros and cons.

The Differences – Salon, Mobile & Home

grooming-1018977_960_720 In Singapore, there are 3 different types of grooming services offered. Grooming Salon, Mobile Grooming and Home Grooming. At least that’s what I know.

Let me give you a rough idea of what each of them offers.

Grooming Salon

Located almost island wide with different brand names. They can be located in shopping malls and neighbourhood places. Salons usually comes with retail sections so you get to shop for your pet’s needs while they get their grooming done.

Each salon have more than one groomer. Some do have assistant groomers to assist in basic grooming or showers. So don’t be surprised if someone other than the groomer is handling your pet.

Transportation are usually in-house. So if you require pet transport, there might be additional cost that you need to fork out. If you do have special instructions in regards to your pet(s), do let the pet transporter know so that they may pass the message to the groomer. Alternatively, you may request the groomer to give you a call before they groom your pet.

Salons comes with all the necessary equipment. Additional service such as different spa equipment are available too. As they have more groomers, they are able to take in more appointments or accept walk-ins on non busy days or if they are able to handle.

Home Grooming

It is also known as house-call. Home groomers does not own any shop, their appointments consist of traveling to many different places. Occasionally, they may travel from East to West and back again. Depending on their schedules, appointments can be limited. Thus, it is recommended to make an appointment early to avoid disappointment. Usually their appointments are pre-booked in advance. If you have a home groomer in mind and hoping to try out their service, book them in advance!

They may not offer much spa compared to salon due to the machines being big and bulky. Some spa requires a bath tub which is unsuitable for home grooming service. However, they may have other optional add on services that you might want to try. Such as mud spa, coat treatment etc. Speak to your home groomer and see what add on services they do offer that you might be keen to try and pamper your pet once in a while.

Home groomers literally bring the “salon” to you at the comfort of your very home. They may lug a heavy grooming table together with all the necessary equipment that they may need. Although I do know of some home groomers that doesn’t bring the grooming table, but that’s OK. You may provide a normal table or if your pet allows, the grooming can be on the floor. There’s always a solution or alternative to a problem.

Home grooming can be expensive. The fees may or may not include the transportation cost. It also have to depend if your groomer drives or take the public transport. After all it doesn’t matter how your groomer gets to your place, traveling takes up time where they can use it to groom another pet. Additional cost for transportation is inevitable for home grooming.

Mobile Grooming

I do know there are mobile groomers in the USA. But it’s definitely my first to come across one while surfing Facebook. Mobile Grooming in Singapore is different from the ones in the US.

Here we don’t have big vehicle like the one in the US where it can be transformed into a grooming salon. Thus it depends on how your mobile groomer does the work.

Mobile grooming literally means your pet gets its grooming done in the vehicle instead of a salon or your home. The groomer will drive over and park at a convenient place for grooming. For example, car park. All grooming procedures will be done within the vehicle. You need not worry about the mess during grooming or being cage up either.