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Last updated on March 22nd, 2024

House cleaning cost guide

Whether you're just too busy or if cleaning isn't your forte, it's useful to know what the average house cleaning service costs.

Fast Facts

  • On average, the weekly cost of an independent cleaner is around £45 (based on 3 hours a week)
  • Independent workers will generally be cheaper per hour.
  • Many cleaners will offer discounted hourly rates for continued weekly services.

Why pay for house cleaning?

Cleaning is hard work, it’s as simple as that. Plus, working long hours and having a family pushes cleaning your home right down the priority list.

There’s many reasons why people hire a cleaner or cleaning team to keep their homes looking and smelling fresh:

  • Family life makes it hard to dedicate time to clean
  • You have a large home that needs constant cleaning
  • You want to have regular deep cleans
  • Cleaning is physically taxing

It’s no surprise that hiring a cleaner is becoming more common.

Cleaners offer regular cleaning slots, one-off cleans, and even specialist cleaning services, such as following renovations.

Read on to discover up-to-date house cleaning costs, types of cleaning jobs and handy house cleaning FAQs.

Is the deep cleaning cost worth it?

To get further insights, we spoke with Dr Dawn Harper, GP. She explained:

“As we’ve been juggling family life, our jobs and managing the household, cleaning can often fall at the bottom of our list.”

Dr Dawn recommends our number one priority should be getting our carpets professionally cleaned. Whilst we may have been sure to hoover our homes regularly, it only removes surface dirt and still leaves behind the dust mites, bacteria and other allergens that can ultimately affect our health.

“However, the additional time we’ve all been spending at home means areas like carpets are likely to be dirtier than ever before. Getting a cleaning professional in is a sure-fire way to save yourself the time and stress of trying to do something like a deep carpet clean properly, and will give you peace of mind at a time when cleanliness is top of everyone’s agenda.”

House cleaning costs

When choosing to hire a cleaner, you have the option of an independent professional or a larger agency. The cost of these options differs significantly.

Types of house cleaning costsCost incl. VAT
(Range low - high)
Average cost
House cleaning - agency (per hour)£15 - £25£20
House cleaning - independent (per hour)£10 - £20£15
Weekly cleaner cost (3 hours per week)-£45
Carpet cleaning (per small room)£34 - £66£50
Cleaning after building work (per hour)£15 - £25£20
End of tenancy clean£79 - £199£139
Window cleaning£20 - £70£45

Our costs are ballpark averages – get a local tradesperson to quote now

Common types of cleaning job

In addition to general house cleaning services, there a number of other scenarios when you may need to hire a cleaner. The below list covers some of the most common cleaning jobs:

  • Weekly or hourly cleaning – Standard cleaning jobs, covering your whole home
  • Specific room cleaning – For example, the bathroom or kitchen
  • End of tenancy cleaning – A deeper clean between tenants to leave a fresh home for the next occupants
  • Window cleaning – On a regular or one-off basis
  • Cleaning after building works – Renovations and extensions create large amounts of dust and debris which can be difficult to clean
  • Carpet cleaning – Particularly useful if you have pets or children
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Factors affecting the cost of a domestic cleaner

While cleaners can be an affordable luxury, it’s important to estimate what the total house cleaner cost will be before you get started.

The following factors will impact the price of a cleaner:

  • Time taken – The longer a job takes, the higher the total will be
  • Type of cleaning job – Cleaning jobs like end of tenancy and following building works are much more in-depth than simply cleaning a bedroom. As such these jobs will take longer and require more cleaning products, leading to higher house cleaning costs
  • Difficulty of task – More difficult jobs will take longer and therefore increase the total cleaning price
  • Current condition of area to be cleaned – If your home is in good condition and mostly clean it will be much more affordable to maintain than a house that is dirty and untidy
  • Hazardous or dangerous jobs – Jobs involving human waste or sharp, dangerous items will be charged at a premium and require specialist cleaning supplies
  • Pets or kids – Whilst our children and furry companions are dear to our hearts and improve our lives every day, there is no escaping the fact that they increase levels of dirt, fur and stains in our homes. As such, homes with kids or pets will take longer and be more expensive to clean
  • Location – Areas with higher living costs tend to have increased professional hire costs. London, in particular, has greater cleaner costs
  • Number of rooms to clean – The more rooms to be cleaned the longer the job will take and the higher the total cost of a domestic cleaner will be

cleaner cost

House cleaning hourly rate

Most house cleaners will charge for their services by the hour, but depending on whether you need one-off cleaning or if this will be a regular weekly occurrence, the cost can vary. Many cleaners will offer discounted hourly rates for continued weekly services.

House cleaning hourly rates start at £15.

Weekly cleaner cost

As mentioned above, if you do choose to have a regular weekly cleaning service you may be able to negotiate a rate rather than paying by the hour.

It’s also worth noting that it is unlikely you would hire a cleaner for only one hour a week, otherwise, they would not have sufficient time to make an impact on your home.

The average weekly cleaner cost (for 3 hours a week) is £45.

Weekly cleaner cost

Cleaning job example costs

Many cleaning companies offer specialist cleaning services with set costs or hourly rates.

Some examples of this are listed below:

Can I clean my house myself?

Of course, it is possible for you to take on any cleaning requirements yourself to keep the house cleaning cost down. However, there are certain circumstances where you may need professional help:

  • If you have physical limitations or disabilities that make cleaning impossible
  • Some cleaning jobs can only be tackled with specialist products
  • For complex jobs, you may need the help of an experienced professional
  • The demands of life and work can mean you simply don’t have the time to clean

In the above instances, we would recommend hiring a professional. To find a local, reputable, tradesperson in your area and get a personalised house cleaning quote use our free search feature.

FAQs

What cleaning products will be used?

It is likely your cleaning professional will use generic products. However, many cleaners also offer environmentally friendly and specialist options on request.

How often will I need a cleaner?

This depends on a number of factors, including:

  • How much cleaning you are doing yourself
  • Whether you have children or pets
  • The type of cleaning job you need help with

Useful house cleaning checklist

  • Professional cleaners can help with many types of jobs such as carpet cleaning, end of tenancy cleaning and generic household cleaning
  • The cost of a domestic cleaner can be affected by the complexity of the job, the time required and the current condition of the area to be cleaned
  • Committing to regular weekly cleanings can mean a reduced house cleaning price per hour
  • You will need a cleaner more often if you have children or pets
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What others think of this article:

Brenda Green

Such a useful article with so many necessary hints and tips. It can be very difficult to find a suitable cleaner and often when you think you have found the perfect match, they don't turn up after a week or two.

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