The cost of outsourcing household chores

How much could you save by doing the housework yourself?

It’s Friday afternoon, you have just gotten home from work and you realise the house is a mess.

Weekly chores including vacuuming and mopping the floors, cleaning the bathrooms, washing, ironing, mowing the lawn, walking the dog and cleaning the car can sometimes take up your entire weekend.

To avoid dealing with household chores many Queensland families outsource services to give them a hand so that they can have more free time to spend with family and friends.

While it may save you time, outsourcing household help could be costing you a small fortune. Here’s a breakdown of the average cost of outsourcing common household chores. All prices listed below are based on FY18 data compiled by ServiceSeeking.com.au.

Dog walking

  • $25 per hour
    A professional dog walking service is a great way for busy dog owners to ensure their pets are getting enough exercise. The average cost of dog walking services is between $20-$50 and will vary depending on service. There are several factors which can affect the price including the number of dogs, regularity of service, number of walks a day and additional services such as group activities.

Ironing

  • $25-$30 per hour
    It’s important to remember that most ironing services are based on labour so you will be charged by the hour. Things to consider before booking includes the amount of clothes you need ironed, the type of clothes and whether there is any extra cost involved for pick up and delivery.

House cleaning

  • $30 per hour
    Depending on the size of home and the service required, house cleaning services can cost you up to $30 per hour. Things to consider include the number of bedrooms, bathrooms, type of flooring, patios or courtyards.

Mowing the lawn

  • $40 per hour
    Mowing the front and back lawns with whipper snipping, weeding, hedge trim and cleaning up afterwards could cost you more than $40 per hour. Prices will vary depending on the size of your lawn.

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