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What Are the Costs of a Building Clean-up?


After construction workers are done with the last touch-ups and before the owners arrive, every construction or renovation site requires a building clean-up, or builders’ clean. During a builders’ clean, a professional cleaner or cleaning crew ensure that the building is in top shape and that all the debris has been removed.Clean-up workers that are specialised in construction sites can offer work in commercial, industrial, and residential settings. Some cleaners will also provide clean-up services during the renovation or construction process.

In Australia, a building clean-up specialist has an average hourly rate of $35.50. The construction clean-up rates may go up to as much as $41 per hour depending on different aspects like the size of the building, the surface that needs to be cleaned, the complexity of the cleaning job, and the additional tasks that need to be handled.


Builders’ Clean Price List - The standard builders’ clean rates in Australia

  • Annual or regular building maintenance: $190/hr - $210/hr
  • General building cleaning: $250/hr - $300/hr
  • Newly constructed building cleaning:  $450/hr - $500/hr
  • After builders cleaning: $550/hr - $650/hr

Construction cleaning specialists will usually take a series of aspects into account before giving a cost estimate or a quote. These are the most important aspects that will influence the final costs of a clean-up job.


1. The size of the building


The size of the building that needs to be cleaned will have a great impact on the builders’ clean price. For a residential home, the builders’ clean cost will normally depend on the number of rooms the property has.

For a commercial space such as an office building, the number of floors that require cleaning services is what determines the final costs.


2. The complexity of the job


The complexity of a builders’ cleaning job generally depends on what specific tasks the cleaners must handle. Usually, a building clean-up will involve clearing debris such as leftover timber, piles concrete, and any other materials that were used during the construction process.

If the building cleaners have to use special equipment or do additional labour in order to dispose of heavy materials like steel, then you might have to pay extra.

Building cleaners might have different prices for cleaning exterior or interior spaces, or they might offer service packages with both areas included. It is highly recommended to clarify what areas must be cleaned with your chosen cleaning contractor.


3. The additional services that are required


A building cleaner’s rates might not include certain cover areas like attics, higher floors, exterior windows or fly screens, outdoor pressure washing, cleaning the roof, or cleaning different appliances and surfaces. So, before hiring a professional cleaner, it’s very important to ensure that you are getting a good value by asking several contractors about their packages and what services are included.

Keep in mind that a cleaner who has a small rate might not offer the services that you need. On the other hand, a building cleaner that is very expensive might offer certain services that you don’t need.

4. The state in which you hire the building cleaner

In Victoria, the average hourly cost of a building clean-up is around $35. However, if you need a builders’ clean in Melbourne, you might pay a bit more, as professional tradesmen tend to have higher rates in large cities and smaller rates in small cities and rural areas.

If you are a New South Wales resident, you will pay a bit more for construction clean-ups, as the average hourly rates are around $40 in this state.

Hiring a professional cleaner in Western Australia will cost you approximately $37.50 per hour. 

Before hiring a professional cleaner, make sure you ask for quotes from several businesses in order to get a price that matches your budget. You should also ask each contractor to produce referrals. Another important thing that you should remember is checking whether the cleaning specialist is licenced, bonded, and insured.

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Topics: Property Services, Repairs & Maintenance

Jon Stul

Written by Jon Stul

Having spent over 12 years in the real estate industry covering all facets from residential through to commercial, established and off plan properties and sub-divisions, he has an in depth knowledge of the industry. Stepping out of the industry four years ago and moving interstate to expand a frozen yoghurt chain that has gone from 1 to 4 stores in the time he has been involved. This was recently sold to Made Group. Real estate has always been in his blood and it was a natural fit to start Bricks + Agent given the amount of insight he has into the industry as a whole. Having seen how all different forms of traditional marketing was used to the direction that it is now heading today, we think we have come up with a truly unique proposition that fits into the current state of the property maintenance market.