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Too Busy for Spring Cleaning? Here Are 5 Best House Cleaning Services to Your Rescue!

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It’s almost time for spring cleaning!

Cleaning out my wardrobe used to be a chore, but somehow, it feels rather therapeutic nowadays.

Maybe it’s because I’m not doing the main bulk of the cleaning…

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Cleaning your house is definitely not an easy task and we know that sometimes you simply don’t have the time to clean the whole house on your own.

That’s why we’ve compiled five of the best house cleaning services for both one-time or weekly cleaning services so you can sit back and relax!


TL;DR – 5 Best House Cleaning Services for Spring Cleaning Before CNY

With Chinese New Year being a couple of weeks away, some of you may be dreading spring cleaning, right?

For those of you who plan to engage house cleaning services, here are four providers you can consider!

Every house will have different requirements but for easier comparison, let’s assume that you would like to have a 4-hour cleaning session.

House Cleaning Service ProvidersOne-Time Cleaning Weekday RatesOne-Time Cleaning Weekend Rates
Helpling
(Company does not normally send 2 cleaners at a time)
From $208From $218
Home CleanzFrom $300 (3-4 cleaners provided)From $300 (3-4 cleaners provided)
NTUC Domestic Cleaning ServiceOnly offers weekly packages

From $230 per month (3 hours x 4 sessions)
Only offers weekly packages

From $260 per month (3 hours x 4 sessions)
SG House CleaningFrom $120From $130
WhisshFrom $240From $260

Now, I know some of you are looking at weekly recurring cleaning services instead.

Since different house cleaning service providers have their own packages, I’ve adapted the cheapest packages to reflect an hourly rate so that you can compare them easily!

House Cleaning Service ProviderOne-Time Weekday Cleaning Hourly RatesWeekly Weekday Cleaning Hourly Rates
HelplingFrom $26From $23
Home Cleanz$29.15$18.75
NTUC Domestic Cleaning Service$23.50$17.50
SG House Cleaning$27.50$21.25
Whissh$30$22.50

Now, you just have to choose the provider based on what’s included in their cleaning services.


Helpling

Offering their services in 10 countries, Helpling ain’t your traditional cleaning company.

It’s a marketplace for you to engage the services of cleaners that are fully vetted, managed, and trained by Helpling. Bookings can be made and managed easily online or through their mobile app.

Also, the company offers convenient same-day bookings.

Simply book at least six hours in advance before 12pm and you’ll be able to arrange for a cleaning session on the same day.

For example, you can book at 11am and get your cleaner at 6pm on the same day.

How Much Does the House Cleaning Service Cost?

Whether you’re looking at a one-time cleaning service or regular cleaning services, you’ll be paying an affordable hourly rate.

 One-Time CleaningWeekly CleaningBiweekly Cleaning
Minimum CommitmentNA5 cleans
Hourly RatesFrom $26From $23From $23
Service Fee$2.50
Peak Period Surcharge
(Friday - Sunday)
$10
Available Duration3 - 6 hours3 - 6 hours3 - 6 hours
Earliest Starting Time8am
Latest Starting Time7pm

While not everyone has the luxury to be at home on weekdays, try to avoid Fridays or weekends since there’s a $10 surcharge.

What Is Included in the House Cleaning Service?

Standard Cleaning PackageAdditional Services
Upon Request
Not Available
Vacuuming, Sweeping & MoppingOven Cleaning and Laundy
Dry Cleaning
Rubbish RemovalFridge Cleaning
Bedroom CleaningCloset Cleaning
Bathroom CleaningInterior Window Cleaning
Kitchen CleaningSpring Cleaning
Regular DustingIroning Services

Don’t worry, there’s no crazy charge for the additional services that you requested.

If you know that you’re going to request an oven cleaning, laundry services or any other additional services, simply allocate an additional one or two more hours into your booking and inform Helpling.

But if you need exterior window cleaning or deep cleaning services, you’ll need to contact Helpling to find out the rates.

Also, do note that Helpling does not offer dry cleaning services at the moment.

Am I Insured During a Cleaning?

Somewhat!

If the unfortunate happens and the damage is below $1,500, you’ll have to discuss the settlement directly with your cleaner.

Otherwise, if the damages go beyond $1,500, fret not.

You will be covered by Helpling’s insurance for the costs, as all their cleaning sessions are covered by a $1 million public liability insurance policy.


Home Cleanz

Home Cleanz was founded in 2004 by 2 NUS graduates, with an aim to provide a range of home cleaning services to busy professionals.

They also place a strong emphasis on the company’s service quality and after-sales service, which is what they pride themselves and differentiate themselves from their competitors in the industry.

How Much Does the House Cleaning Service Cost?

 One-Time Cleaning (Spring Cleaning: 3 to 4 staff, 3-4 hours)Bi-Weekly CleaningWeekly CleaningTwice Weekly CleaningThrice Weekly Cleaning
Studio Apartment (~500 - 799 sq ft)$300$160$300$560$820
2 - 3 room (~800 to 999 sq ft)$350$180$330$600$900
4 - 5 room (~1,000 to 1,399 sq ft)$400$200$350$650$960
Maisonette$500$230$380$700$1,020
Penthouse/Landed (Above 1,800 sq ft)$600$280$480$800$1,140

For one-time cleaning, Home Cleanz offers a spring cleaning team of 3 to 4 staff and will spend 3 to 5 hours for the cleaning process.

Assuming you’re engaging their services on a weekday, you’ll be paying $$29.15 per hour for their one-time cleaning service (assuming 4 staff for 3 hours) and $18.75 per hour for their recurring weekly cleaning package.

Rates may differ according to the size of the property and requirements, so do call them or send in an enquiry before engaging their services!

What Is Included in the House Cleaning Service?

Cleaning Scope
Living RoomBedroomKitchenBathroomOutdoors
Dust all hard surfaces and shelvesMake bedsClean wallsDisinfect toilet bowls, basins & bath tubsClean window
Vacuum upholstered furnitureDust furnitureWipe cabinetsClean mirrors & glass screensClean window
Vacuum carpet & rugsVacuum carpet & rugsDegrease appliancesScrub walls & floorsLawning grass
Vacuum & mop floorsVacuum & mop floorsScrub floors

Am I Insured During a Cleaning?

There isn’t any mentioning of insurance on the website, so it’ll be best to check in with the company before engaging its services!


NTUC Domestic Cleaning Service

Yea, your eyes did not deceive you, NTUC Income offers cleaning services too!

Who knew, right?

How Much Does the House Cleaning Service Cost?

One-Time Cleaning Service

NTUC Income used to offer one-time cleaning services but have since removed it from their list of options.

Nevertheless, they are offering weekly packages that are of attractive hourly rates.

Weekly Cleaning Service 

If you would like to engage the cleaners’ services on a weekly basis, NTUC Income offers a weekly package as well.

DurationMinimum FrequencyMinimum CommitmentWeekly Cleaning Package
Weekday Package
(Monday - Friday)
Weekend Package
(Saturday & Sunday)
3 hours per visit4 times per month 6 months$230 per month$260 per month
4 hours per visit4 times per month6 months$280 per month$330 per month

So, if you were to convert it to an hourly rate, a weekday weekly package equates to $17.50 or $19.17 per hour per cleaner. 

In the event that you require less than four visits in a month or a shorter service period, do note that the rates will be 10% higher.

The services will be charged on a monthly basis, and if you’ll need to give one month’s notice if you would like to terminate the services.

P.S.: According to NTUC Income’s website, their weekly cleaners are mostly fully booked, so do enquire online to see if there’s availability in your area!

What Is Included in the House Cleaning Service?

Cleaner's Job Scope
Vacuuming & Mopping
Bedroom Cleaning
Living Room Cleaning
Bathroom Cleaning
Kitchen Cleaning
Trash Disposal
Window & Grills Cleaning
(Rotational Basis)
Doors & Gate Cleaning
(Rotational Basis)
Ironing
- max. 10 piece per visit
(for 4 hours service only)

Before making your booking, please note that the two packages do not include cleaning of ceiling and wall fans, high windows and grilles, the exterior of windows and grilles of high-rise apartments or homes with more than one level, curtain rails, shifting of furniture, removal of renovation debris, washing of dishes, laundry and packing of personal effects.

Guess it makes sense why two cleaners are needed since there’s so much to clean within 3 or 4 hours!

Am I Insured During a Cleaning?

Again, somewhat?

NTUC Income provides warranty for damages, but only up to a maximum of $1,000.


Whissh

I wonder if the brand name was inspired by the sound made when cleaning a surface with a wet cloth…

Apart from house cleaning services, Whissh also provides other home services such as plumbing, aircon servicing, and electrical maintenance.

How Much Does the House Cleaning Service Cost?

Cleaning ServicesWeekday Rates
(Per 4-hour Session)
Weekend & PH Rates
(Per 4-hour Session)
Minimum CommitmentService Time Slots
One-Time General Cleaning $120 $130 NAMorning (9 am - 1 pm)
Afternoon (2:30 pm - 6:30 pm)
Recurring Weekly Cleaning$90$10512 sessions
Deep Cleaning
(Spring Cleaning, Move In/Out Cleaning, Post-Renovation Cleaning)
$328 (2-Bedder, approx. 899 sq ft)

$458 (4-Bedder, approx. 1,499 sq ft)
$348 (2-Bedder)

$478 (4-Bedder)
NA

While the rates for one-time general cleaning is slightly more pricey as compared to other services in this list, Whissh offers rather competitive rates for their recurring weekly cleaning services.

Assuming you’re engaging their services on a weekday, you’ll be paying $30 per hour for their one-time cleaning service and $22.50 per hour for their recurring weekly cleaning package.

If you’re looking to sign up for their recurring service but can’t commit to 12 sessions, do call or email them for a quote as the rates may differ!

What Is Included in the House Cleaning Service?

Cleaning Scope
Sweeping/Vacuuming & Mopping
Living Room Cleaning
Bedroom Cleaning
Kitchen Cleaning
(Exterior surfaces)
Bathroom Cleaning

I just want to highlight that interior window cleaning is not included in both options. Otherwise, exterior window, window grilles, doors, kitchen hoods, all kitchen electrical appliances and refrigerators(interior), marble floor polishing are also excluded from their services.

If you need any of those, you’ll need to engage their Spring Cleaning service, starting from $30 per hour.

Am I Insured During a Cleaning?

Yes!

In the event of an accident, damages or injury, Whissh has been insured up to $250,000, but you’ll need to highlight any incident within 4 hours of the completion.


SG House Cleaning

If you’re super busy and can’t afford the time to wash your dishes or do your laundry, you might want to consider Singapore House Cleaning’s weekly cleaning services.

Or if you need them to clean your house 3 times a week, they’ve got you!

How Much Does the House Cleaning Service Cost?

One-Time Cleaning Packages

Singapore House Cleaning suggests different one-time cleaning packages depending on the number of cleaners and duration required for your housing type and size.

DurationWeekday One-Time Service RatesWeekend One-Time Service RatesSuitable for
One Cleaner
4 hours$110$120Studio Apartment (Smaller than 600 sq.ft)
5 hours$130$1402-room HDB Flat
(601 - 750 sq.ft)
Two Cleaners
3 hours$160$1703-room HDB Flat or 2-bedroom condo
(800 - 950 sq.ft)
4 hours$180$1904-room HDB Flat, or 2/3-bedroom condo
(1,000 - 1,200 sq.ft)
5 hours$210$2205-room HDB Flat or 3-bedroom condo (1,200 - 1,500 sq.ft)
Three Cleaners
4 hours$250$260Executive HDB Flat or 4-bedroom condo
(1,500 - 2,000 sq.ft)
5 hours$300$3104-bedroom condo
(2,000 - 2,500 sq.ft)
6 hours$350$3604-bedroom condo or landed houses
(2,500 - 3,000 sq.ft)
Four Cleaners
5 hours$450$4602 or 3 storeyed landed houses
(2,500 - 3,000 sq.ft)
* There is additional charge of $20 for each cleaner for every hour extension.

Let’s say we ignore their suggestions and engage one cleaner’s services for 4 hours on a weekday, you’ll be paying $25 per hour.

Weekly Cleaning Packages

As mentioned earlier, Singapore House Cleaning offer packages to clean your house three times a week!

Monthly PackageFrequencyDurationWeekday Weekly Cleaning Package Rates Weekend Weekly Cleaning Package Rates Minimum Commitment
Package OneOnce a week
(4 times a month)
4 hours$340$3803 months
5 hours$400$440
Package TwoTwice a week
(8 times a month)
4 hours$680$760
5 hours$800$880
Package ThreeThrice a week
(12 times a month)
4 hours$960$1,080
5 hours$1,200$1,320
* There is additional charge of $20 for each cleaner for every hour extension.

Did I forget to mention that Singapore House Cleaning has one of the lowest hourly rates for a weekly cleaning package?

Regardless of the frequency, you’re essentially paying $21.25 per hour for a 4-hour weekday service.

What Is Included in the House Cleaning Service?

One-Time Package Cleaning ScopeWeekly Package Cleaning Scope
Sweeping/Vacuuming & MoppingSweeping/Vacuuming & Mopping
Living Room CleaningLiving Room Cleaning
Bedroom CleaningBedroom Cleaning
Kitchen Cleaning
(Exterior surfaces)
Kitchen Cleaning
(Exterior surfaces)
Bathroom CleaningBathroom Cleaning
Interior Window CleaningInterior Window Cleaning
Dishwashing
Weekly Laundry
(for Package Two & Three)

Similarly, exterior window cleaning services are not included.

Am I Insured During a Cleaning?

While there’s no mention of any insurance coverage for accidents or damages, Singapore House Cleaning Service has a maximum breakage compensation of $100.


Common Questions on House Cleaning Services

Can My House Cleaning Checklist Be Customised?

Even though most providers offer a checklist or cleaning scope to allow a better understanding of their services, your cleaning sessions can definitely be customised!

Everyone has different needs when it comes to house cleaning, always discuss your priorities with your cleaners so they can allocate their time well for an effective clean.

Do I Need to Provide the Cleaning Supplies?

Before you picture your cleaner lugging all their cleaning tools to your house, do note that you’ll need to provide the cleaning equipment.

Besides, some of us may have specific brands or scents we like to use, so it makes more sense that you’re providing the equipment!

Some common cleaning equipment includes vacuum cleaners, mops, cleaning cloths, sponges, scrubs, brushes, pails, cleaning detergents or solutions, ladders, and stools.

If you don’t have any cleaning supplies at all, most house cleaning services can still provide them at a fee.

Do I Need to Be at Home During a House Cleaning?

Most house cleaning services will definitely recommend for someone to be at home during your house cleaning session.

However, if you’ve engaged their trusty services previously, you can always liaise with the cleaners or the providers regarding the entry instructions.

Please, don’t hide your key in a shoe or something…

Is It Safe to Leave My Valuables at Home During a House Cleaning?

Assuming that you engaged house cleaning services from a reliable provider, the cleaners would have gone through some form of background checks and training.

While you don’t have to keep everything locked in a highly-secured safe, it’s still best practice to not leave things out in the open.

Exercise caution and all should be well!

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