Unsure how much to pay for a house cleaning service in Singapore? When it comes to a full house cleaning project, the key question at the tip of many people’s tongues is:
How much does a full house cleaning cost?
While the answer may be challenging to determine given the multitude of factors that will affect the pricing, do not fear. In this Home Cleaning Cost Guide, we will look at how much it costs to engage a home cleaning service based on the different aspects of the procedure.
Most cleaning sessions in Singapore are paid by the hour. As long as you know how many hours are required for your house, you can roughly know the price of that cleaning session.
Regular Cleaning Service
Where are you hiring cleaners from? The prices can range based on several factors, including how you source for cleaners (such as the difference in pricing between companies and freelancers).
Freelance helpers usually charge around $15 to $19 per hour.
For a typical four-bedroom HDB flat, it will require 3-4 hours of cleaning. When multiplied by four sessions per month, it will be around $180 to $300 per four weeks, for weekly cleaning rituals. It is more or less $65 per session, which is pretty affordable.
Typically, a full-time house cleaner will cost you anywhere $300 to $380 for four weeks, in Singapore, depending on your location, space, cleaning requirements and density of work.
Cleaners from an agency
Sometimes, finding a freelancer that is within your area and can work according to your schedule is tough.
Hence, some Singaporeans opt for hiring a cleaner through an agency. The agency will search for a suitable cleaner for you while accepting a one-time upfront fee from you for their efforts.
The upfront fee is estimated to be about a few hundred dollars.
Engaging a cleaning company is different from engaging an agency to find a cleaner for you.
The cleaning company coordinates the cleaning jobs and ensures that:
- There are cleaners available to do your job when you require
- Cleaners are well-trained and responsible to perform your cleaning tasks
- You and your property are well insured and protected
The cleaning company will charge by a per hour fee of around $20 to $35 per hour. For a four-room HDB flat, it will take about 3-4 hours of regular weekly cleaning, which amounts to about the average house cleaning cost of S$320 to S$560 per month for four sessions monthly.
Other Types of Cleaning
There are a few types of cleaning that you can opt for depending on the purpose and existing level of cleanliness.
These are the estimated cleaning services price list
|Type of house||Size||Regular cleaning||Deep / Post-renovation cleaning / Move out cleaning|
|Studio Apartment||500 to 799 sqft||$75||$320|
|Condo 2 Bedroom / HDB 2-3 Room||800 to 999 sqft||$87.5||$380|
|Condo 3 Bedroom / HDB 4-5 Room||1000 to 1399 sqft||$100||$450|
|Condo 4 Bedroom / HDB Mansionette||1400 to 1799 sqft||$112.5||$550|
|Penthouse||1800 to 2000 sqft||$150||$650|
Factors affecting prices
Several factors may affect the price of cleaning. Let’s take a look at them.
Size of House
This is the most obvious factor. The bigger the house, the more hours are required, and thus the higher the price. A typical cleaning session of a four-room apartment is about 3-4 hours.
These are the rough number of hours for each type of house. Do note that there is usually a minimum number of cleaning hours per session so that it makes money sense for the cleaner travelling to your home.
|Type of house||Size||Number of hours||Estimated price|
|Studio Apartment||500 to 799 sqft||2.5-3h||$75|
|Condo 2 Bedroom / HDB 2-3 Room||800 to 999 sqft||3-4h||$87.5|
|Condo 3 Bedroom / HDB 4-5 Room||1000 to 1399 sqft||4h||$100|
|Condo 4 Bedroom / HDB Mansionette||1400 to 1799 sqft||4-5h||$112.5|
|Penthouse||1800 to 2000 sqft||5-6h||$150|
Multiple cleaning visits can get you some savings. You can save about $5 to $15 on each cleaning session.
You may even get a considerable amount of discount by paying for long term cleaning upfront. Here’s an example.
|Frequency||2 times every month||4 times every month||8 times every month||12 times every month|
|Savings per cleaning session||0||$5||$11.25||$12.5|
Number of Rooms in Your Home
Apart from square foot, cleaners also take a look at the number of bedrooms and bathrooms to be cleaned.
Bathrooms usually require more extensive cleaning. That said, a smaller house with more toilets may require more cleaning than a bigger house with fewer toilets.
This is because there are so many things to be cleaned in a bathroom – the sink, toilet bowl, shower area, mirrors, floor, carpet, drain, upholstery, window, door etc. And all these require different cleaning methods and equipment.
You may have specific preferences with regards to solutions used for cleaning. Some people demand for non-toxic, environmentally-friendly cleaning products. Others request for special cleaning solutions for their expensive porous marble kitchen countertop.
If you have special cleaning needs or requests, it may add on to your overall cleaning budget.
As more Singaporeans are cautious about sustainable products, here we have made a comparison of the prices of cleaning solutions.
|Type||Normal brands||“Green” brands|
|Window cleaner (500ml)||$2.95||$10.90|
|Floor cleaner (3L)||$6.50
|Dish soap (600ml)||$1.80
Special requirements such as pets, allergies and antiques
If you have pets at home, you will need to inform the cleaner. Depends on the type of pet you have, cleaning may be more challenging. If your pet shed a lot, cleaning may cost more as cleaners may take extra time to, for example, remove the fur from the sofa and other parts of the house.
If you are allergic to certain chemicals, scent or allergen, some cleaning products may not be suitable for you. Getting products that are natural and biodegradable may cost much more money in the long course of your cleaning needs.
You may have valuable antiques and furniture that may require a particular solution to clean or method of cleaning. This may add to the cleaning hours and thus prices as well.
If you have huge pieces of carpets or carpeted floor, it may cost more due to solutions and equipment required. If you decide that carpeted floor is too much of a hassle, you may choose to find out other types of flooring options available and their cost.
Some houses may have high ceilings, windows, shelves or ceiling fans that are difficult to reach and clean. You may require the cleaner to climb up and down the ladder to clean those areas.
Getting experienced cleaners to clean a more challenging home will cost more. Moreover, the larger area of cleaning will result in longer cleaning hours.
If you live in a multi-storey house, more time may be required for the cleaner to carry products and equipment up the stairs. Cleaning the stair railings will also take up a lot of time.
It is better to find cleaning companies with cleaners or freelance cleaners that live near your house. In this case, it will be much easier for them to commute to your house.
Some cleaners may request a transportation fee or higher cleaning cost to cover their transport expenses. Some of them may even reject your job requests due to the travelling distance.
Cleaner qualifications and experience
Different cleaners will charge different prices based on the service they can provide. Here is a small checklist of things you can keep in mind when engaging in a professional house cleaning.
Some of the things you can check are:
- Reference letter from the previous employer
- Attitude towards the job
- How punctual is the person?
- Loyalty towards you
- Work permit and Visa documents (If the person is not a native of Singapore)
- What will be the mean of transacting the salary?
- Is the person going to pay the tax?
- Does the person want an employment contract?
- Is the person insured?
- Does the helper have any severe health condition?
- Will the cleaner bring cleaning equipment or use yours?
- Will the company need advance payment?
Quality of service by the cleaning company
Same goes if you are hiring a cleaning company. You should check whether you are provided with these things:
- Satisfaction guarantee
- Last-minute cancellation policy
- Booking period (the shorter, the better)
- Able to request for change of cleaners if you are not satisfied
- Insurance for your house and the cleaner
- Payment policy
- Cleaning training provided to the cleaner
- Type of cleaning task that can be done (e.g. carpet cleaning, dry laundry)
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