How much does house cleaning cost

How Much Does House Cleaning Cost

House cleaners in Australia charge from $30 to $50 an hour when working for a company. But the final price tag you pay can be based on the cleaner you hire and how long it will take to clean your home. Some factors that can make the price of house cleaning services go up or down include:

Location of the home

A big consideration for what you’ll pay for housekeeping services is where your home is located. Average rates in Mosman NSW, for example, were $$37 to $50 per hour compared to Liverpool which was only $25-$35 per hour.

Size and condition of your home

The bigger and dirtier your home, the more you’ll pay for a cleaning. Larger homes or homes that haven’t been cleaned in a while take more work and require more supplies, and that drives up the total price of a cleaning.

For this reason, housekeepers and housekeeping agencies will often base their prices on the square footage of the home, Franco says, as that can greatly affect the hours they’ll likely need to spend cleaning it.

Messy occupants

Some inhabitants tend to make more messes than others, and that can increase the cost of cleaning, Franco says. Housekeepers might charge more for cleaning homes with animals or small children, for example, because they expect they’ll need to budget more time to clean up the extra pet hair or splatters.   

Type of cleaning

Do you only need a basic clean to spruce up the place? Or is your home in need of a little more elbow grease? The thoroughness of the cleaning you’re booking can affect how much you’ll pay. Housekeepers will often offer varying levels, such as:

  • Routine/basic clean: This type of service is what you might need to get your usually tidy home ready for guests or fill in the gaps during an especially busy month. Cleaners will do surface cleaning like wiping down counters, sweeping and mopping floors, vacuuming rugs, cleaning toilets — that sort of thing. This is usually the cheapest option. Sometimes cleaners might require a deep clean before committing to a regular basic cleaning schedule to ensure the home is in good condition when routine cleanings begin.

  • Deep clean: A deep clean is when your home hasn’t gotten much love for a while and needs some extra attention. Some services you might get with a deep clean you won’t necessarily get with a regular or basic cleaning include scrubbing tile grout in the shower, dusting individual knickknacks or wiping down the tops of ceiling fans. This type of housekeeping service is more work and, therefore, more expensive than a routine cleaning.

  • Move-in/move-out clean: A move-in/move-out clean often involves a little more attention to scrubbing down the nooks and crannies of a home, including wiping inside the pantry or cupboards and washing down marks on the walls. This tends to be the most expensive option due to the work involved.

Knowing what kind of cleaning service you need is important for getting your house where you want it and paying your housekeepers a fair rate, says Jennifer Rodriguez, chief hygiene officer at Pro Housekeepers.

“We sometimes get customers that say they just need a regular cleaning, but when we arrive, their homes look like they haven’t been cleaned in years,” Rodriguez says.

In those instances, she says they have to bump up their rates, which can get awkward for everyone involved.

Some housekeepers will come and do a walk-through of your home to see what kind of cleaning you might need and offer their estimate. If you’re getting a quote online or over the phone, however, Rodriguez recommends being as honest and accurate as you can about the condition of your home to avoid misunderstandings about the cost of the service.

Frequency of cleaning

The more often housekeepers come to clean your home, the lower the price usually is, Franco says. That’s because the cleaners are able to keep up the condition of the home, requiring less work for them during each visit.

Hiring a service vs. an individual

Going with an individual housekeeper or a cleaning company has its pros and cons. Companies are generally more structured — with a team of cleaners and its own liability insurance, for example — but they also tend to be more expensive.

Experience of (or demand for) the housekeeper or company

Like in a lot of other industries, more experienced housekeepers are generally more expensive per hour, Franco says. They tend to be more skilled, and that allows them to charge a higher hourly rate.

As a trade-off, they also are generally more efficient than less-experienced cleaners, allowing them to take less time overall to clean your home — which you might not notice if you’re paying a flat rate, but it’s something to consider if you’re paying hourly.

Likewise, in-demand cleaners tend to have less incentive to keep prices low, Franco says, and so they might also charge more than other agencies or housekeepers in the area.  

Any additional services

If you want some of the deep-clean services as part of a routine cleaning, you can generally ask for that when you book your cleaning service, Franco says, but it’ll cost extra. Depending on the size and scope of the work involved, he says cleaners might charge an extra $40 to $75 per task.

Some examples of one-time services can include:

  • Cleaning inside the refrigerator

  • Cleaning inside the oven

  • Scrubbing along the baseboards

  • Washing or putting away laundry, including linens

Tips for saving money on housekeeping services

For families on a budget, there are a few things you can do to save on the price of one-time or routine cleaning. Some cost-saving tips include:

Tidy up: The more time cleaners spend on picking up items off the floor or counters, the longer it will take them to clean. If you’re paying hourly, scooping up toys or papers beforehand can save the cleaners time (and you money).

Tweak the frequency: If you want to pay less overall for housekeeping, but you still want regular service, consider adjusting the schedule to allow more time between cleanings — for example, moving from once every two weeks to once every three weeks. The extra time might not make a huge difference in the condition of your home, but it can reduce the amount you’ll pay over the course of a year.


How to choose a Cleaning Company

A clean and sanitary home or office facility is necessary for your sanity and productivity. Your family demands it and your employees will thank you for it. But one of the most important questions is: How do you choose the best cleaning service provider?


Ask cleaning companies to provide you with references who can vouch for the quality of their service. Many keep Written recommendations from their clients on file.  

Experience and training

Experience is critical, but it’s far better when backed by specific and ongoing training. Ask for information about the training staff cleaners receive, who trains them, and how often their training is refreshed and updated.  


Make sure any commercial cleaning company you consider is fully insured for the safety and security of you, your company and your facility.  


Ask your cleaner about blackout times in their schedule. Do they have any? What is their policy on emergency requests or issues that arise outside of regular business hours? Get real-life examples of how they’ve come through for specific clients. 


Find out how the cleaner Will measure and track their success on your job site. How will you provide feedback and what will they do with it? is there a formal complaint procedure? Can they provide you with tracking tools?  

Eco-Friendly Cleaning

Green used to be the next big thing, but now it’s solidly today’s big thing, and it’s definitely here to stay. Find out what green cleaning products, processes, and certifications the cleaner has-and whether they can help your business get the kinds of green certifications that will help meet your environmental goals.  

Tailored Cleaning

Don’t get cornered into a cleaning program that provides too much or not quite enough for your facility. Ask the cleaner if they offer any add-on services that could streamline your processes and improve your bottom line. 

Safety & OHS

Make sure any company you Work with is compliant with OSHA laws, provides uniforms and/or badges to make their staff easily recognizable, has established processes and procedures for protecting confidential records and keeping doors locked, and will otherwise keep your staff, facility, clients, and cleaning personnel as safe as possible.  

Cleaning Supplies & Tools

Ask about the products and equipment the cleaning company uses. Are they environmentally friendly? Do they buy local? What’s the quality of their products and equipment? How much are they spending on supplies, and do they actively look for ways to save? 

Customer Service

Ask to meet the person who will be managing your account. Find out what procedures are in place for replacing cleaning personnel that aren’t getting the job done or otherwise aren’t a fit for your facility.