How Much Does Construction Cleanup Cost?

Typical Range:

$275 - $694

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Published January 10, 2022

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Construction Clean Up Pricing

Construction cleanup costs $470 on average with a typical range between $275 and $694 for residential services. For large projects or those that include multiple visits, you might pay up to $3,000. You’ll spend anywhere from $0.10 to $0.50 per square foot or $30 to $50 per hour for per site cleanup pass.

Construction cleanup gets broken down into two types, rough cleaning which happens during construction by your general contractor, and final cleaning. Most contractors even take care of most of the rough cleanup – removing debris and the bulk of the building waste. And sometimes they’ll even do a deep clean, but not always. For most homes, you’ll want to do a final, thorough cleaning prior to moving into your new home or remodel.

Average Cost for Post Construction Cleaning

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National Average $470
Typical Range $275 - $694
Low End - High End $148 - $1,200

Cost data is based on actual project costs as reported by 2,430 HomeAdvisor members.

Post Construction Cleaning Prices

Post construction cleaning prices for a new residential home are anywhere from $0.10 to $0.50. This specialized deep cleaning comes after the general contractor has removed debris and done a general cleaning during the construction phase. A general contractor usually does most of the overall cleanup. The final step is cleaning out the remaining dust and dirt in cracks, on surfaces and windows. It’s the final step before moving into your remodel or addition. This also happens in new construction, but following several other cleaning steps which we’ll discuss below.

Construction Cleaning Services Prices

Rough Pass$0.10 - $0.15 per sq. ft.
Final Pass$0.15 - $0.50 per sq. ft.
Floor waxing and buffing$1 - $1.50 per sq. ft.
Carpet cleaning costs$120 - $250 total
Touch - ups (fluff)$0.06 - $0.12 per sq. ft.
Window cleaning cost$4 - $11 per window
HVAC cleaning cost$250 - $500
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Post Construction Cleaning Price Per Square Foot

Post construction clean-up costs $0.10 to $0.50 per square foot. That means the average 2,500 square foot house costs $250 to $1,250 total. You might pay more if you add other services like window cleaning, debris removal or landscaping.

Post Construction Window Cleaning Prices

Cleaning windows, interior and exterior, costs anywhere from $3 to $11 per window. This add on services has large price ranges because of both window size and accessibility. Expect to pay double for any exterior work done above the first floor.

New Construction Cleaning Prices

New construction cleanup costs anywhere from $0.10 to $1.25 per square foot. If you’re acting as your own general contractor, you’ll need to know about this phased work. Most of this work gets done by your general contractor during the house build. However, they subcontract out the work to specialized companies. The price of this cleaning gets rolled into the price of the home. So, most homeowners won’t need to worry about cleanup on new construction.

Construction Site Clean Up Cost
Rough$0.10 - $0.15 per sq. ft.
Interior Finish$0.15 - $0.50 per sq. ft.
Exterior$100 - $800 total
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Rough Interior Construction Cleanup Costs

Rough interior cleaning costs $0.10 to $0.15 per service. This generally happens during construction prior to adding the final element, such as floors. This type of construction site cleaning job generally includes all the following:

  • Sweeping and prepping floor underlayment for carpet, tile, etc.

  • Washing all interior windows

  • Dusting surfaces

  • Removing debris

Interior Construction Final Cleaning Cost

A final interior scrubbing costs anywhere from $0.15 to $0.50 per square foot. A good final interior cleanup always includes a few key cleaning jobs, including:

  • Walls, including removing dust, dirt, scuff marks and smudges

  • Ceilings and light fixtures/fans

  • All trim, including all baseboards and door and window frames

  • The faces, sides and tops of doors

  • Floors, including buffing/waxing if applicable or vacuuming carpet

  • Ducts, vents and baseboard heating exchanges

  • Windows, including tracks and frames

  • Removing all trash, plastic coverings and stickers

Exterior Construction Clean Up Pricing

Exterior cleaning and junk removal costs range from $100 to $800. Your general contractor usually takes care of most of this. If the job falls to you, you’ll want to hire a local junk and waste removal service or the large debris and a cleaning service for the smaller jobs. This project stage includes:

  • Removing all trash from the property, including lumber and debris

  • Washing exterior windows and doors

  • Sweeping and dusting any entry doorways

  • Sweeping and/or power washing the driveway and any other paved surfaces

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New Construction House Cleaning Prices

Often, you’ll want to have other ongoing services. You might also find that a housekeeping company does move in cleaning, which might cover post construction work. Some services you’ll want to investigate include:

Post Construction Clean Up Pricing Cost Factors

There are many factors that contribute to the final cost of any post-construction cleanup job, including:

  • Size of the home or project. Larger projects command a higher overall price, but usually at a lower per square foot rate.

  • Supplies and equipment needed (for DIY solutions). If you’re tackling this yourself, you’ll need to supply all the cleaning tools and equipment for dumping. Otherwise, pros provide all of this as part of the price.

  • Overall condition and accessibility of the property. Expect a hard to access 10th floor apartment to run you quite a bit more than an easily accessed home.

  • Local competition. If you live in an area where there are several construction cleanup contractors available, you are likely to pay closer to the low end.

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DIY or Hire a Construction Cleaning Service?

Unlike many construction jobs, this makes an excellent DIY project if you have the time and tools. You’ll want to remove all dust and grim since it can be a health hazard. If you’re not sure about your ability to get it all, you can find a local construction cleaner.


How long does it take to clean a new construction house?

It’ll take about 1 hour per every 100 to 200 square feet of space to clean a new construction home. Typically, crews range from 2 to 4 people and clear out a residential home in 1 to 2 days.

How do you clean up construction dust?

To clean up construction dust, follow these steps:

  1. Sweep all large dust up using a standard broom.

  2. Use a soft, damp towel to wipe down all surfaces, including walls.

  3. Vacuum with a shop vac with a certified HEPA filter for floors, cracks and anywhere you see dust. Always use a respirator, eye protection and gloves.

  4. Wet mop any floors you can. Vacuum carpets or shampoo them.

  5. Use air filters to catch what’s left over.

How much does post construction cleaning cost?

Post construction cleaning costs anywhere from $200 to $1,300 for a residential home.

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