Before you hire a house cleaner, it’s a good idea to get familiar with house cleaning prices in your local area. That way, you know you’re getting a fair price.
The average house cleaning cost for a standard 3-bedroom home usually ranges from £150 to £200, but your cleaner might charge more or less. The cost of house cleaning depends on where you live, what kind of tasks you need to be done, and how long it’s likely to take. So how much does a house cleaner cost in the UK?
This house cleaning price guide will break down everything you need to know about house cleaning costs based on our data from thousands of house cleaners and completed cleaning tasks. By the end of this guide, you’ll have a clear idea of the price for common cleaning tasks around your home and you’ll know how to get started with hiring your house cleaner.
House cleaning prices depend a lot on the type of house, the tasks, and how much work is involved. Spring cleaning cost may differ from that of an end of tenancy cleaning task. We’ve reviewed all our recent house cleaning tasks posted in the marketplace to give you approximate price guides for each.
House cleaning service
House cleaning service
£35 - £90
£15 - £25
£20 - £35
£90 - £250
£70 - £200
£15 - £60
£40 - £150
£80 - £100
£100 - £400
£100 - £350
£15 - £25
£20 - £50
£15 - £25
£70 - £100
As you can see from our price guides above, the cost of different professional cleaning services can sometimes vary. Here are the factors that might increase or decrease the price of your house cleaning service:
If it’s a minor task that’ll take a few minutes or one that might take a full day
The number of bedrooms
The number of bathrooms
How many m2 your home is
How detailed the clean is (expect to pay more if you need a deep clean)
Any extras (like oven, cabinets, windows, 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 a house cleaner depends on whether they’re employed at a cleaning company (and their employer covers their expenses/tax/super) or they’re self-employed.
Unless you’re planning to employ your house cleaner full time (not likely!), other factors can help you calculate how much to charge for house cleaning per hour. You’ll be engaging your cleaner as a contractor to come into your home for a few hours once-off or hiring them for weekly cleaning tasks. This means they’ll need to charge you higher rates for regular cleaning because they’re covering their expenses, including:
A lot of the time, 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 £35 - £90 per hour for a house cleaning contractor. So when you’re setting your budget for a task, try to keep in mind the approximate number of hours it might take.
Not everyone wants or needs a house cleaner. But here are two main reasons you might choose to hire one:
Making sure your down-time away from work is actually downtime
Getting an extra pair of hands to finish a big or tricky job (like doing a bond clean)
There are lots of other reasons to hire a cleaner, but overall, hiring a house cleaner will help you get more done in less time. And when you look at it that way, it’ll help you figure out what your house cleaner is worth paying.
When you book a cleaner for your house, a standard clean will usually take around 2 hours (depending on the size of your home) and include the following services:
Vacuuming and mopping the floors
Wiping down all furniture and main visible surfaces
Emptying your rubbish bins
Cleaning your shower, bathtub, and toilets
Washing any dirty dishes in your kitchen sink
You don’t have to stick to the standard clean if you need some extra help around the house. Other tasks you might request your cleaner to do include:
Unloading the dishwasher
Wiping marks off your walls
Dusting cobwebs off the ceiling
Changing the sheets
Putting on a load of washing
Hanging or folding clothes
Picking up toys
Organising your linen cupboard
While some cleaners are pretty flexible, usually, they won’t do…
Maintenance tasks - like regrouting your bathroom tiles
Renovation tasks - like painting the walls or updating your fixtures
Jobs outside - like mowing, sweeping, weeding, de-webbing, or cleaning the gutters
You’ll need to hire a handyperson, painter, or gardener 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 house cleaner who’s capable of helping with other tasks, too.
Ready to hire your house cleaner and create your first task? It’s easy! Just write out your task, post your listing, review your offers, choose someone, and they’ll arrange to come and do your house cleaning. If you’re curious, read some more about how it works.
Here’s what you might include in your listing:
Timing and budget
Number of rooms/bathrooms and approximate sizes
Type of house cleaning
Deep clean or standard clean?
Any access issues?
Is the job likely to be challenging or time-consuming?
One-off task or ongoing work?
The more info you include, the easier it’ll be for your house cleaner to price up the job and make you an offer. Plus, they’ll refer to the info in your listing when they arrive to complete the task.
What is the average cost for deep cleaning a house? A deep clean will normally require extra time from your house cleaner, so you can expect to pay up to double their standard house cleaning prices. So you can expect to pay at least £120 for a 4-hour deep clean on a 3-bedroom house. This would include all the usual basic cleaning tasks, plus things like:
Shelves and cupboards organised
Ceiling fans wiped
Kitchen cabinets wiped, etc.
A deep clean is advised for homes that need a little extra TLC, when you need a spring clean, or once a quarter between standard cleans.
A cleaning contractor’s hourly rate depends on a lot of factors, like location, skill, demand, and experience. A standard hourly rate for cleaners in the UK is anywhere from £10-£20 per hour.
Yes. Usually, house 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 house 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 house cleaning for a standard 3-bedroom home is usually between £150 to £200 for a basic 2-hour clean. This would usually include floors vacuumed/mopped, bathrooms cleaned, rubbish emptied, and kitchen/table surfaces wiped.
It’s super important to pay your house cleaner a fair price that compensates them for their time spent cleaning, travelling, and any supplies they brought with them. Remember that they’ll also need to pay tax, petrol, and other expenses with the amount they’re paid. The great thing about our marketplace here at Airtasker is that your cleaner can set their own rate and only accept the jobs they want to do.