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What's the Cost of a Decluttering Service in the UK?

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Are you thinking about getting a professional home organiser and declutter to come to your house and sort your entire house out into a neat and organised house? If so, you have plenty of options available, as there are actually specialists who you can pay per hour that will sort your entire home out for you.

How Much Does a Professional Declutterer and Organiser Actually Cost?

In truth, it varies a lot. Any organiser can charge you as little or as much as they want, the below is generalities that I have typically come across. There are a few ways that professional organisers might price and quote you. They can do it by the hour, in which case it can depend slightly on your location in the UK with Southern parts of the country costing more. So in most regions, it is around £30 to £35 per hour.

However, when you get around London it can vary between £40 - £50 per hour. Then the organisers that are really in demand, can command even higher fees that charge at a higher premium.

Other factors that can go into pricing, can be urgency and timings. So if you are looking to get your house down right away, there might be some sort of rush fee. There could be additional costs for those who want it done over a weekend or even in the evenings, as they are working unsociable hours. This might be just a one-off fee or an additional £5 to £10 might be added to the per hour charge.

Pricing Up the Decluttering Service

You will likely get a quote of some kind that will help to break down the overall costs of a professional decluttering service that will actually give you a much better indicator of what you're paying for.

Here are some things you might want to consider:

  • Are you paying for the travelling costs? And if you are, do the 'per hour' costs actually include the transportation as well.
  • Are you getting charged a set price for the overall organisation or are you doing by the hour?
  • Do you have to pay for additional storage units that the organiser might provide as well?
  • Do they remove the excess rubbish and clothes that are no longer used or is that your responsibility?
  • Are they providing the cleaning products or is that yours?
  • Do they arrange for collection of potential furniture that is no longer needed, likewise do they arrange for delivery of furniture that is needed?

Usually, a quoting and assessment stage is free, so this gives you a good chance to understand exactly where the costs are actually coming from. It's of course recommended to get several quotes to determine the pricing and costs completely as well as to get a good comprehension of what you're actually getting as well.

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How Much Does It Cost to Declutter a House?

Now, we have got somewhat of a foundation of a per hour cost to get your house decluttered. We can reverse engineer from there, how much an entire house might cost.

This is actually best done on a consultation with the organiser you are interested in hiring for the job. Typically, an average job can take between one day to two days, so could be a range between 8 to 16 hours.

Generally, a consultation is free, at least for a certain period of time, but some of the complexity of a job can come around what you're actually wanting from organising your house, when and how you want to get started, and what type of organisational style best suits you and your personality.

An example of what £150 might get you.

Firstly, a consultation with the professional organiser, 3 to 4 hours of actual organising and decluttering your house (this is likely to include the typical house hold chores as well such as hoovering and cleaning).

Removal of excess 'tat' that you want removing as well as the removal of general rubbish from the property. Delivery and removal pickups from the house. Potential rearrangements of furniture and storage to help better organise your house. Plus, a bunch of general advice on improving the house and keeping the structure in place.

How to Hire a Professional Declutter

The best thing to do is see if you have any friends who have had an experience with a home organiser and declutterer and find out if they can recommend anyone firstly. If not, it's time to carry out a bit of research and see if there is anyone local (this reduces travel costs) and see if you like the look of them.

Check out their social media and website as well as reviews to see if you can gauge if they are good and whether you like some of the work that they have actually carried out. Then if you find someone you like the look of you can ask for them for a quote and what the process entails to get your house into ship-shape going forwards. Then if you're happy with that, it's time to get your house into an organised fashion.

Personally, I recommend getting a cleaner or giving the house a clean beforehand and then less of their time is spent on the menial stuff and more on the layout and structure of how you have laid out the house itself. This is the higher-level stuff that you have really paid them for, not to polish and hoover the house.

You might actually just get really into house organising and give it a go yourself. There are plenty of resources online whether it is through articles, images and videos online that can help explain it to you. Of course, if you don't want the hassle of moving things about and rather pay for the convenience, which is absolutely fine, then it is best to get the professional to come in and help you out.

Reach out to us if you have any potential questions about professional home declutterers and organisers and we will try our best to help you as much as we can. We would also love to hear about those who have got their house organised by a professional and whether they had a positive experience? Do you feel like the price was worth it? Did they do a good job and so on? Plus, how much did you pay them per hour? Let us know in the comments section right below.

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2021 Carlyn Hayes

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