Cleaning at home is always more tiring than it seems. Especially when you don’t have the time, you wish to put your home up for sale or are inviting a few friends over.
Whether it’s a part-time cleaning service, end of tenancy, post-renovation clean or cleansing from allergy-inducing elements, we’ve got them all down below at budget-friendly rates.
- How often should you engage a cleaning service?
- What should you look out for when asking for a quote
- What’s included in a basic or end-of-tenancy house cleaning service
- How long does cleaning usually take?
- List of recommended cleaning services
Why engage a reputable cleaning company to clean your place
- Save time: Don’t just include the time you spend doing the actual cleaning. You should also include the time you spend sourcing for the right cleaning equipment AND cleaning the cleaning equipment after use. It all adds up! You can spend your time doing what you like instead.
- Fulfill your role as a good tenant or homeowner: If it’s the end of your tenancy, it is only considerate to deep clean your entire place for the next person. If you’re going to rent out your room or home, cleaner environments look much more attractive.
- Quality work guaranteed: We’ve heard of rumours where freelancers enter your place on the pretext of cleaning your place, but take off with all your valuables. Or cleaners who wipe the paint off your window grilles while cleaning it. Yikes! Try to go for home cleaning providers who have good ratings, such as the ones we’ve recommended below.
- Deep cleansing needed: There’s always too much dust and debris after a renovation. Or even after one whole week with the entire family working or learning from home. Save yourself a possible allergy attack by engaging a post-renovation cleaning service instead.
- Perfectly legal route: Saying it louder for the ones at the back – having your neighbour’s/cousins’/friends’ domestic worker come over your place to clean is illegal. Don’t risk it – just pay for a cleaning service.
How often should you engage a cleaning service?
It depends on your budget (see below) and your tolerance for dirt and grime, really. There are people who engage cleaning services once a week, every fortnight, or once a month.
If you’re new to home cleaning services, opt for a one-off cleaning service to test waters. After all, there are so many budget cleaning and housekeeping services in Singapore you can try.
What should you look out for when asking for a quote
You need to bear in mind the following before baulking at any quote you receive:
Size of your apartment: A bungalow/landed private property is going to be more expensive to clean compared to a four-room HDB/apartment.
|Type of house||Size||Number of hours||Estimated price (One-off)|
|Studio Apartment||400 to 799 sq ft||~3hrs||$60|
|HDB 2-3 Room / Condo 2-Bedroom||800 to 999 sq ft||~4hrs||$80|
|HDB 4-5 Room / Condo 3-Bedroom||1000 to 1399 sq ft||~4.5hrs||$100|
|HUDC / Condo 4-Bedroom||1400 to 1799 sq ft||~5hrs||$120|
|Penthouse||1800 to 2000 sq ft||~5.5hrs||$150|
|Landed property||2000 – 3000 sq ft||~8hrs||$250|
What you want cleaned: If you want your windows cleaned, your clothes ironed, or your carpet shampooed, these are all outside of a ‘basic cleaning service.’
|What you want cleaned||Estimated add-on price|
Cleaning equipment: If you have cleaning supplies at home and the cleaning service does not need to bring additional cleaning tools, the costs of cleaning will be lower.
What’s included in a basic or end-of-tenancy house cleaning service
While a basic home cleaning service keeps your house fairly clean, you should opt for a post-tenancy or deep cleaning service if you need your house to look its best before handing it over to the next homeowner, or if your home is badly in need of cleansing.
|Type of cleaning service||Focus of service||Estimated price for a 2-room apartment (One-off)||Time needed|
|Basic or general cleaning service||Sweeping and mopping of all floors
General tidying up of all rooms
|Post-renovation||Removal of all debris and dirt from renovation
Wiping down of all the walls, sockets, furniture
|Deep cleaning||Thorough cleaning of all surface areas
Degreasing of kitchen and dining area (excludes oven cleaning)
Vacuuming and mopping of floors
|End-of-tenancy cleaning||Disinfection of bathrooms and kitchens
Removal of all stains, cobwebs, and dirt
Polishing of hardware and dusting of cabinets, fans, sofa, etc
How long does cleaning usually take?
Basic cleaning services would take at least four hours, and the others usually take up to a whole day. That’s enough time for you to play with your children, bake a cake, write an email and even squeeze in a workout.
Note that for basic cleaning, you can opt for a recurring service. These bundles are usually about S$5-10 cheaper than the one-off options.
Carousell’s list of recommended cleaning services
Here are some of the trusted providers you can engage with through Carousell. Read past reviews by clicking on the names of each service provider and request quotations with Carousell’s Chat function!
Best 3 home cleaning providers on Carousell
|Price||Prices start from $20|
|Eloyalty Cleaning Services|
|Price||Chat to enquire|
|Price||Chat to enquire|
Top-rated home cleaning providers 2021
|Providers||Prices||Services||Number of reviews||Average rating score|
|Ken Chen||Starts from S$150||Basic, deep clean, post-renovation, end-of-tenancy, etc||259||4.95|
|Housedeal888||Starts from S$40||Basic, deep clean, post-renovation, end-of-tenancy, etc||147||4.96|
|Cleaning Ninja||Starts from S$15/hr||Basic, deep clean, post-renovation, end-of-tenancy, etc||58||4.9|
|Sparcleanxx||Starts from S$55 for basic cleaning||Basic cleaning, others upon request||47||4.97|
|Acampl||Starts from S$12/hr||Sofa and upholstery cleaning, carpet cleaning||17||4.94|
While you’re shortlisting your desired providers, try out our new Multiple Chat feature that enables you to ask the same questions to various users! This saves you time when asking for multiple quotes.
Keeping your house clean for longer
Having someone to clean your house once a week is nice, but you don’t want to live in a filthy house for the remaining six days… Right?
- Do the bare minimum every day: Wiping down the kitchen top after cooking, throwing all trash into the bin and cleaning up any spills as soon as possible goes a long way in keeping your house clean.
- Declutter every 2 weeks: The fewer things there are at home, the less dirt there would be. List items on Carousell so you can make money by decluttering your home.
- Involve your entire family: Commit everyone to a small cleaning task so it’s not all on one family member.
For everything else, we recommend engaging a professional cleaning service.
Your free time and energy can be better spent on activities like quality time with family, developing a new skill or resting after a tough week at work. Ask for help with home cleaning services on Carousell, and you shall receive. 🙂