Looking for a cost-effective way to make moving house easier? We’ve created this end of tenancy cleaning price guide with everything you need to know about the end of tenancy cleaning costs, so you can easily find a local cleaner and know you’re getting a fair price.
An end of tenancy clean on a typical 3-bedroom home usually costs between £120-£360, but your cleaner might charge more or less. Also known as bond cleans and vacate cleans, this type of cleaning can vary in price, depending on where you live, what kind of tasks you need to be done, and how long it’s likely to take.
In this guide, we’ve included detailed info on end of tenancy cleaning costs in Australia, based on our data from thousands of end of lease cleaners and completed cleaning tasks. By the time you’re done reading this guide, you’ll have a clear idea of the price you can expect to pay for a range of bond cleaning tasks, and you’ll know how to get started with hiring an end of lease cleaner.
Moving to a new house is stressful enough without adding cleaning your previous rental property to the list of things to do before you move. Some of the main reasons to hire an end of tenancy cleaner are to:
Save time - you’re busy enough cleaning your new home and moving everything; plus, an experienced, professional bond cleaner will be able to do the job a lot faster than you
Save money - instead of buying all the right equipment and tools, your cleaner will bring their own
Get your bond back - a professional bond cleaner will know exactly what to clean to make sure you get all your bond money back
Enjoy the convenience - don’t worry about travelling back-and-forth between your old and new house
It all comes down to having one less thing to worry about when moving to a new house. When you’ve got so much on your plate, it’s often worth getting someone to help you clean your rental property at the end of your tenancy.
When you book a bond cleaner, a standard clean will usually take around 4-6 hours (depending on the size of your home and the number of cleaners attending) and include the following services:
All windows wiped (inside and outside)
The inside and top of all cupboards wiped
All walls cleaned
Any window furnishings (like blinds and curtains) cleaned
All light fittings cleaned to remove dirt and insects, then polished
All floors vacuumed and mopped
All window tracks cleaned
All surfaces are wiped down, and any stains or marks removed that weren’t pre-existing
Extractor fans washed
Skirting boards free from marks and dust
Bathrooms, laundry, and kitchen cleaned
When requesting an end of tenancy clean, you can also ask your cleaner to take care of additional services and detail cleaning tasks, like:
Upholstery cleaning (e.g. curtains, couches, and mattresses)
While some cleaners are pretty flexible, usually, they won’t do…
Renovation tasks - like painting the walls or plastering
Professional services - you may need additional services like pest control to get your tenancy back, especially if you’ve had pets inside
You’ll need to hire a handyperson, painter, gardener or pest controller for those tasks. But if you’d like one person to take care of it all, you can always specify this when you post your task. You might be lucky enough to get a skilled end of tenancy cleaner who’s experienced in other areas, too.
End of tenancy cleaning pricing depends a lot on the type of house, the tasks, and how much work is involved. We’ve reviewed recent end of tenancy cleaning tasks posted in the marketplace to give you an approximate price guide:
Standard end of tenancy cleaning service
And here’s guidelines around some of the extra services you might like to add on or book separately when you move house:
Extra cleaning services
As you can see from our price guides above, the cost of different services can vary by quite a lot. Here are the factors that might increase or decrease the price of your end of tenancy clean:
How long the tasks will take
The number of cleaners you’ll need
How much cleaning you’ve already done
The number of bedrooms
The number of bathrooms
How many m2 your home is
How detailed the clean is (extra detail is why bond cleaning usually costs a lot more than a standard clean)
Any extras (like oven, cabinets, windows, or carpets)
Whether you’ll provide the equipment and supplies
How difficult or easy it is to access and complete the job
How urgently you need the job done
Whether you need the cleaning done on a weekend or weekday
The average hourly rate of an end of lease cleaner depends on whether they’re employed (and their employer covers their expenses/tax/super) or self-employed.
But of course, an end of lease clean is usually a once-off clean completed by a contractor so that these rates won’t apply to you. This means they’ll need to charge you higher rates because they’re covering their expenses, including:
Often, your cleaner will need to charge you double or triple the standard award rate to cover the costs associated with running their own business. This means you can expect to pay around £40-£60 per hour for a house cleaning contractor. So when you’re setting your budget for your end of tenancy clean, try to keep in mind the approximate number of hours it might take, and then multiply it by at least £40.
Ready to hire your end of tenancy cleaner and create your first task on Airtasker? It’s easy! Just write out your task, post it, review your offers, choose a cleaner, and they’ll arrange to come and do your end of tenancy cleaning. If you’re curious, read some more about how it works.
Here’s what you might include in your task:
Timing and budget
Number of rooms/bathrooms and approximate sizes
Specify that it’s for an end of tenancy cleaning
Deep clean or standard clean?
Any access issues?
Is the job likely to be challenging or time-consuming?
Any mould or areas that require more time (such as range hoods, ovens, vents)
Do you need an invoice for the real estate agents (usually this is required for carpet cleaning)
You might also like to refer to our handy end of tenancy cleaning checklist to make sure nothing gets missed. The more info you include, the easier it’ll be for your end of tenancy cleaner to price up the job and make you an offer. Plus, they’ll refer to the info in your task when they arrive to complete the task.
Depending on the size of the house, it can take between 2-8 hours to thoroughly clean your house, ready for your bond inspection.
Yes. Usually, end of lease cleaners will charge a premium for bond cleans because they’ll need to spend more time and cover every detail. A proper bond clean is worth paying for, though, because it means you’ll be more likely to get most (or even all) of your bond back.
Yes. Usually, your end of lease cleaner will charge more for larger houses or houses on multiple storeys. And if your home is located in an inner-city area with limited access and parking, your cleaner will charge a premium.
The cost of end of lease cleaning for a standard 3-bedroom home is usually between £240-£270 for a thorough 4-hour clean with all the standard inclusions (floors, bathrooms, kitchen, windows, walls, etc.).
It’s really important to pay your end of lease cleaner a fair price that compensates them for their time spent cleaning, travelling, and any supplies they brought with them. The great thing about our marketplace here at Airtasker is that your bond cleaner can set their own rate and only accept the jobs they want to do.
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