How to Avoid Cleaning Fees When You're Moving Out

How to Avoid Cleaning Fees When You’re Moving Out

July 26, 2021

When you’re leaving a rental home or apartment, you want to make sure you get your security deposit back—and that you’re not stuck paying cleaning fees. After all, that money could be better used in your own pocket. One of the best ways to avoid getting charged for a cleaning fee is to hire a professional yourself to do the cleaning. It’s almost always cheaper than what your landlord will charge, and you’ll get your deposit back a lot faster.

What are move-out cleaning services?

Move-out cleaning services are designed to get the apartment or rental unit ready for the next tenant. They’re best used when your apartment is empty—or nearly empty—and will tackle the heavy-duty cleaning chores you’d prefer to avoid. Depending on what your lease requires, Supreme Cleaning Services can do anything from a “broom clean” to a full deep-cleaning checklist.

A move-out cleaning appointment might include vacuuming, mopping and sweeping the floors, cleaning the baseboards, cleaning the oven and refrigerator, scrubbing the toilets, sinks, showers and bathtubs, cleaning the counters and major appliances and dusting the entire apartment. If your unit has years of grime built up, we can clean light switches and doorknobs, wipe down cabinetry and more. All you need to do is present us with a task list when you book your service, and we’ll be able to give you an estimate.

In short, move-out cleaning services can be tailored to fit your exact needs. All you have to do is set up an appointment with our talented team.

Other ways to avoid move-out fees

In addition to hiring cleaning services, there are a few other things you can do to ensure you’re not charged extra for cleaning:

  • Know what your security deposit covers: Understanding what kind of damage your security deposit covers is important—and it will usually require looking through your local landlord/tenant laws. Make sure you understand what’s covered under “normal wear and tear,” which is your landlord’s responsibility, and what can be subtracted from your deposit.
  • Take photos and videos: Before you moved in, you should have taken photos and videos of your apartment. It’s also a good idea to take photos and videos after you leave, so no one can claim your apartment was left less than sparkling. Ideally, you’ll have a great landlord—but if not, this can save you a lot of time, money and hassle.
  • Understand which devices you need to return: If your apartment included things like gate or garage door openers and other devices, be sure to return those along with your keys. This will help you avoid getting charged additional fees.

Supreme Cleaning Services is here to help you avoid cleaning fees when you’re moving out and ensure you get your entire security deposit back. Call us today to tell us more about your rental unit, when you’re moving and what kind of cleaning services you need. We’ll do our best to leave it even cleaner than when you moved in.

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