Cost to Wash Windows – 2021

| Last Updated: August 24, 2021

National Average Improvement and Repair Cost







$ 181

$ 25

Would you do this project? According to our survey, 49% of respondents preferred DIY compared to hiring a pro.

The average price to Wash Windows noted above is cost data to compare a contractor’s estimate with doing it yourself.

What much does it cost to have windows washed? The contractor cost for washing windows is $181 vs. doing it yourself for $25 and saving 82 percent. 

Nothing does more to brighten your home, not to mention your outlook, than clean windows. The restorative power of clear window panes is so strong the squeaky-clean smell might inspire you to go on a binge and clean the whole house. Whether you hire a window washing service or do it yourself, the reward is a fresh new perspective that seems to improve the look and feel of your home.

If you hire a window washing service, the charge to wash 12 double-hung windows from the inside and exterior of a house will be $181. You can do the job for $25, the cost of the materials, and save a whopping 82 percent for your effort. Those materials include cleaning solution and a window squeegee and scrubber.

You also need a stepladder, bucket, and lint-free clean rags for washing and drying. Washing windows is a good two-person job that goes quickly when one worker cleans the exterior while the other cleans the inside of the window.

Washing windows is a no-brainer if you have a single-story house because you can safely reach the windows to work on them. However, the job gets dicey if you have a two-story house and don’t like working on an extension ladder, which you’ll need. Unless you already have one, consider washing the first-floor windows and hiring a service to wash the ones upstairs.

Here’s a good read from MaidForYou with a 6-step guide to washing windows: How to Clean Windows.

You’ll get the best results if you wash windows on a cloudy day because sunlight dries the glass quickly, which causes streaking.

The next time you’re buying a window cleaner consider using a concentrate and reduce the waste of packaging and shipping of large trigger bottles. Windex© has a concentrated refill pouch to mix with tap water so you can reuse the empty spray bottle.

The Spruce has this advice about washing windows: Best Way to Clean Glass.

That sums it up. Knowing the average cost to wash windows lets you compare doing it yourself with what you can expect to pay a contractor.

Welcome! We hope you’ll find the job costs of home improvement projects useful when you’re deciding whether to do a job yourself vs. hire a contractor. We’re the authors of 20 home improvement books, most notably Home Improvement for Dummies©, Bathroom Remodeling for Dummies©, Carpentry for Dummies©, Plumbing for Dummies©, and Painting and Wallpapering for Dummies©. Our most recent book Fix It and Flip It is in its second edition. We’ve appeared as home improvement experts on television programs such as CNN, Dateline, the Today Show, HGTV and many others.