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To think this quote for cleaners is excessive?

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timestep Mon 01-Apr-19 17:10:36

I have a young baby and will be returning to work soon and definitely not keeping on top of housework so have decided to get quotes for cleaners. I've never had a cleaner before so no idea what would be reasonable.
I have a 3 bed semi. Standard 1930s layout. Not particularly big. A small extension downstairs means there is a small utility/shower room which is additional to the small bathroom upstairs.
Just been quoted £22 per hour from an agency. They think it'd take 3 hours and would send 3 people so £66 per week. Is this excessive? I wasn't expecting it to be that much. I'm in the South East outside of London. AIBU to think that's a lot?

EmeraldShamrock Mon 01-Apr-19 17:38:05

Can you hire an independent cleaner the agency is probably paying 12 to the cleaner.
I don't no if an independent would have insurance for breakage, if you have lots of valuables.

littlebillie Mon 01-Apr-19 17:40:33

I pay £16 per hour

Livedandlearned Mon 01-Apr-19 17:42:42

I charge £10 but that's cheap, however £22 is ridiculous

timestep Mon 01-Apr-19 18:08:16

Ok clearly the agency are taking a huge cut if they are charging £22 per hour but paying roughly £12. I just thought it's be easier to go through an agency but not for that huge extra cost!

knitandpearl Mon 01-Apr-19 18:10:41

I've always paid £12-13 per hour but once got a quote for around £25 per hour for exactly the same thing (normal domestic weekly clean). I was shocked but assumed it was a money laundering thing!

John470322 Mon 01-Apr-19 18:21:22

We pay £70 every four weeks. Two or three cleaners come and have a key so get on with the work. They supply all the cleaning material and mops, vacuum cleaner etc. It takes one and a half or two hours for the clean, so that is roughly £14 per person per hour. The company only use employed staff who get paid a wage and pay tax etc apparently a lot of agencies employ off the books. They are fully insured and guarantee to come back if we are not satisfied with their work so far we have always been delighted with the work.

HattieRabbit Mon 01-Apr-19 18:24:49

Two bed/two receptions/ large extended kitchen- terrace in a pricey (trendy) city centre (not London). We pay £15 per hour.

CountFosco Mon 01-Apr-19 18:27:37

I use a (northern) agency and they charge £12 an hour and with a big 4 bed house we pay £45 for 4h work. I always have 2 cleaners so they are in for just 2 hours. I think it's probably a lot nicer for the cleaners to work as a pair.

smilesmile Mon 01-Apr-19 18:31:37

Where abouts are you in the country?
I'm a cleaner and have been for many years and charge £12.50 an hour

Popuppippa Mon 01-Apr-19 18:40:56

That's ludicrous. I'm in London and pay £10 ph to an independent cleaner and she blitzes through 3 bathrooms, kitchen, dining room, hall, stairs and landing in 3 hours with time for extra stuff. I don't ask her to do bedrooms as I make my kids do their own. I love her with all my heart grin

I prefer working with someone independent - she says that she has much more control and takes home more pay.

Popuppippa Mon 01-Apr-19 18:42:21

Oh and she does 2 living rooms - she's a legend!

m0therofdragons Mon 01-Apr-19 18:47:37

I pay £12 an hour 2 hours a week. We have a 4 bed house with 3 receptions and a biggish kitchen plus 2 bathrooms and a downstairs loo. I expected her to say 3 hours but she only had a 2 hour slot available. To be honest, she's bloody amazing so would pay more but not £22 and hour!

Bluntness100 Mon 01-Apr-19 18:49:27

I'm in the south east and my cleaner charges 10 an hour. That's hugely excessive at 22 an hour.

user1466783975 Mon 01-Apr-19 18:52:01

I'm a cleaner at £12 an hour in the south midlands.
Heard they charge £15 ten miles down the road in Oxfordshire :/

Jojobythesea Mon 01-Apr-19 18:53:43

Mines £14ph for two hours every fortnight for a three bed semi with three toilet/bathrooms. 👍👍

adriennewillfly Mon 01-Apr-19 18:56:00

Our cleaners charge 12 per hour. 4 bed/2 bath house is done in 3 hrs, but usually some part is skipped (as the bedrooms aren't all used each week). We supply our own cleaning materials. We live in zone 4 London.

Practicallyperfectwithprosecco Mon 01-Apr-19 18:58:40

£10 per hour - it takes 2.5 hours to do 4 bed 2 reception rooms 2 bathroom house ( she doesn't do 3 x kids rooms as they earn their pocket money keeping them clean themselves)

TyrionsNextWife Mon 01-Apr-19 18:59:24

For £22 an hour I’d expect Kim & Aggie themselves to be doing the cleaning shock

Ahardknocklife Mon 01-Apr-19 19:11:25

In in the south east... I pay 12.50 an hour. Have a 4 bedroom, 2 bathroom and it takes 1 cleaner 2 hours. But then again the house is kept pretty clean

DearTeddyRobinson Mon 01-Apr-19 19:27:45

That's nuts. I'm in London and pay £12/hour, for our wonderful cleaner who I love more than DH 😀

bungaloid Mon 01-Apr-19 19:29:40

We used to pay the equivalent of about £23 an hour or something similar to a home cleaning firm franchise thing. I don't think it's insane money all things considered if you think about the cost of actually employing people to do that job, providing transport, cleaning materials, insurance, ensuring there is an element of staff cover, there is an area manager to deal with scheduling / complaints. The standard of service was very high, but clearly most people on this thread would not be prepared to pay for that kind of service. Seriously though if you are paying £10-12 / hour I don't see how that is particularly doable if there is much travel between jobs for your cleaner.

SparklyShoesandTutus Mon 01-Apr-19 19:35:24

I'm also in south east. Found agency prices to be massively inflated. Had quotes from individuals and small companies which ranged from £10-£17 per hour. We went with a individual with good references at £12 an hour. I've since dropped my hours so had to sacrifice the cleaner. Hoping that when my hours increase again we can find a new cleaner as it makes such a difference

John470322 Mon 01-Apr-19 19:53:07

Hoping that when my hours increase again we can find a new cleaner as it makes such a difference
What we find is that having a cleaner every 4 weeks makes us tidy up, if we did not have the cleaner we would keep the house clean but not tidy. I like it tidy.

KRAmum Mon 01-Apr-19 19:55:45

Thats way too much. I am on a local community app and have found cleaners on there. All come recommended. Try the app, its called, nextdoor. I live in london and pay my cleaner £12 an hr. Good luck

DelilahfromDenmark Mon 01-Apr-19 19:55:57

I live in central London and pay £12/hour. 2500 Sq ft, 5 bedroom, 4 bathrooms and she does most of it in 3 hours.
Get some recommendations from the local Facebook mums pages. Avoid agencies and go direct. Either way £22/hour is ludicrous. The max an agency around here charges is £14/hour.

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