How much does house cleaning cost in Australia?
From this article we will show you current average prices for cleaning per hour, we will also show you how many hours should be allowed depending on the size of your property.
From our research, the house cleaning cost of a cleaner per hour is between $27 to $45 for regular and occasional cleaning services.
While most independent cleaning contractors would charge $27 per hour, therefore avoiding any agency fees. On the other hand, this has both pros and cons, a pro is that you may save some dollars every month, the cons is that in the case of damage the cleaner may not have the means to pay the financial cost of repair or if the cleaner requires sick leave or annual leave, there will not be another cleaner to take the shift.
Most agencies’ average price is a minimum of $33 per hour. To clarify, the cleaning pricing may also range up to $45 per hour. Bear in mind; the national minimum wage is currently $19.49 per hour, according to Fairwork.gov.au (May 2020). Hence, the agencies will pay the cleaners over the minimum rate ($19.49) and still have to make a profit.
General Cleaning Activities
The information below is based on more than 10 years of experience in the industry. The below will show you, how most experience agencies estimate the house cleaning cost of your property without going for a pre-inspection before providing a formal quote.
First of all, we are going to show you, what is included in a general clean (to see some recommendations to what you should do before the cleaner arrives see – 5 Things to Do Before the Cleaner Arrives), this way you can align your expectations with the recommended number of hours per property, and be able to have a house cleaning cost.
Overall, the general clean is very basic. Now, I have a tip to save on the house cleaning cost… if you have a large house and some areas of your house are not being used, you can skip them on every other clean, this way you can save between 30 minutes to one hour on your clean saving you money. You should describe specifically what your needs are to your cleaning agency.
Estimated time depending on the size of the property
We have prepared the below estimate as a general guideline, as a homeowner or lessee you know your property best, and you should be able to provide a gut feeling estimate on the time required to clean your property.
Always make sure you allow for enough time. The best way to understand if the time allowed is enough is by communicating with your cleaner after completing the first day, after all these years of experience the house cleaner will tell you exactly what they need to get your home the way you expect.
1 Bedroom x 1 Bathroom
2 Bedrooms x 1 Bathroom
2 Bedrooms x 2 Bathrooms
3 Bedrooms x 1 Bathroom
3 Bedrooms x 2 Bathrooms
4 Bedrooms x 1 Bathroom
4 Bedrooms x 2 Bathrooms
5 Bedrooms x 2 Bathrooms
5 Bedrooms x 3 Bathrooms
Next, less assess the potential cost of each property depending on the hours’ estimate above.
With regards to any larger properties, including a 5 bedroom and 3 bathrooms. Let’s be honest, you will need a team of at least two cleaners to give you a hand or expect the cleaner to spend the day with you. That is to say, our cleaners have different backgrounds and can easily tell you great stories and experiences in Australia for which you may find entertaining while they get your cleaning done.
Finally, bear in mind that cleaning agencies offer hourly services. So let’s say you have a house with 4 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms, you may only want some assistance with the kitchen and the bathrooms, then get a cleaner for 2 – 3 hours to give you a hand, you then achieve completing two of the critical areas of the property and have peace of mind.
Now, to close this article, in short, I’ll share you my biggest tip of them all, always engage with an agency, their job is to have your back, independent cleaning contractors may not always be able to meet your needs (i.e. annual leave or sick leave) and maybe a risk when talking about accidental damage.
If you have had any funny experiences, likewise, if you have heard some crazy stories from your cleaners share it with us, we would like to hear from you. If you are wondering how to find a cleaner in Australia, have a read to How can I find a cleaner near me?
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