I realise this post may cause some forumites to gasp at my decadence, but I want to hire a cleaner for 3-4 hours a week. I used to pay someone but she has moved on to other things and the house is a terrible mess despite my best efforts. I contacted one of those cleaning companies who quoted £44 + VAT for 4 hours. My house isn't huge (Edwardian 3 bed semi)but this did seem a bit steep to me. What do you think? (I paid the previous lady £30 for 3 hours).