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Cost of Hiring a Cleaner

Last updated: 9th Jun 2019

A standard cleaning job costs around $30/hr. This rate may still increase or decrease depending on, for instance, the size of your property. In fact, the cost of cleaning services can go up to as high as $35/hr, so it’s best to prepare a little extra if you think your home needs some intensive cleaning. End of lease cleaning for a small apartment can start from as low as $180, including a bond refund guarrentee, while ongoing cleaning rates can be negotiated for long term contracts and commitments.

In general, professional cleaners will provide all their own cleaning supplies, which will equip them for basic cleaning duties including vacuuming, dusting, mopping floors, cleaning glass and windows, and wiping down surfaces.

Where do these prices come from?

All prices stated in this article are based on FY 2016 pricing data compiled by The figures resulted from a comprehensive analysis of quotes submitted by Cleaners on the site from July 2015 to July 2016.

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Hear from the experts

Donna of Swish Home Services says that cleaning a three-bedroom, one-bathroom house can cost $160. This rate includes basic tasks like dusting and vacuuming, and it also covers the kitchen too. Extra services like ironing and oven cleaning can drive up the total cost, though.

Meanwhile, according to Anh of McGovern E Clean, general house cleaning can cost $90 – $180. This price range is good for homes with two bedrooms and two baths up to four bedrooms and three baths (roughly two to five hours of cleaning). It also includes the cleaning products and equipment needed for the job. Factors like travel, fares, cleaning products, and equipment can affect the rates.

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Cleaning prices from real customers

Virginie from Qld: Concrete Pressure Cleaning
Job details: Residential job; cleaning concrete driveway that’s around 25sqm and outdoor area with terracotta tiles that’s approximately 18sqm
Earle from Vic: Pre-sale House Cleaning
Job details: Vacuum cleaning, dusting, and surface washing of a small, two-bedroom, cottage style house
Other details: The house is empty and only has floorboards; the electricity is switched off.
Meredith from ACT: End of Lease Cleaning
Job details: End of lease cleaning of a four-bedroom and one-bathroom house in Flynn; internal and external window cleaning included
Other details: Does not require carpet cleaning (bedrooms); the remaining floors are polished timber.
Mamun from Qld: End of Lease Cleaning
Job details: End of lease cleaning of a three-bedroom and two-bathroom unit in Kuraby; carpet cleaning required
Kristy from NSW: End of Lease Cleaning
Job details: End of lease cleaning of a unit with two bedrooms and bathrooms; requires window cleaning

Cost of common cleaning jobs

Cleaning Task Typical Quoted Prices
Window cleaning $225
Carpet steam cleaning $450
Roof cleaning $400
End of lease cleaning $500
Driveway cleaning $240
Standard house cleaning $450

Why you must consider the type of cleaning service you need

If you’re moving out and you need your old home cleaned up, you can expect to pay about $289.87 for an end of lease cleaning service. For high pressure cleaning, you need to shell out around $242.58. Meanwhile, outdoor cleaning costs approximately $207.67.

If you wish to have your carpet cleaned, the average price that you’ll have to pay is about $126.39. Window cleaning will cost you around $186.58.

Decluttering the issues behind cleaning service costs

There are numerous things that can affect the cost of cleaning jobs. One of the most obvious factors is the size of your home — how many bedrooms are there to be cleaned? Most cleaning prices are inclusive of only two bedrooms, so businesses charge extra for every additional bedroom that they are going to clean. If you want a specific area like your fridge targeted once in a while, you may want to confirm if the task is included in the quoted price or how much this additional chore will cost.

The difficulty of the job is also a factor to be considered. There are homes that are naturally harder to clean because they need to be vacuumed and mopped; there are also homes that don’t require that much effort in order to look sparkling.

“Where” are you planning to hire your cleaner?

Cost of cleaning services

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You should always remember that the cost of cleaning services varies depending on where you are in the country.

Professional cleaners in New South Wales, Queensland, and Western Australia are charging the same average price of $30/hr for their services. This is only slightly lower than the average cost of cleaning services in Victoria, which is $31/hr.

Meanwhile, South Australian residents are paying their cleaners an average rate of about $35/hr. Cleaning services in the Australian Capital Territory cost approximately $37.50/hr.

When hiring cleaning businesses, make sure that they have the experience and skills to perform the tasks efficiently. It also pays to have trustworthy and reliable cleaners. At, it’s easy to find cleaning experts who will ensure a tidy home for you.

Pricing information correct as at March 2018.

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