The Ultimate End of Lease Cleaning Checklist
Before you even lift a finger, there’ll be some prep work that you’ll need to do to ensure a fast and efficient cleaning day. Follow these tips to set yourself up for success.
Prepare your schedule
A team of two professional end of lease cleaners will take roughly 2-4 hours to clean a studio apartment, 4-6 hours to clean a three bedroom apartment, and an entire day to clean a large house. A lot of renters are surprised by how much work is involved, leaving too little time to finish the job. More often than not, this means hiring last minute cleaners or worse yet, relinquishing a portion of their bond. It’s up to you to decide if you’re up to the task, but we always recommend splitting the clean up into several days.
Empty your home
have an “unfurnished” policy for our end of lease cleans. Trust us when we say, you’ll want to move out before you start cleaning. We recommend this to most renters because the majority of messes occur during the moving process, not the actual tenancy. Another primary reason for emptying your home is that exit cleans require much more thorough cleaning than usual. If furniture is in your way, you won’t be able to guarantee that specific areas are 100% clean, for example, underneath your couch or below the fridge.
Get the right equipment and supplies
You’ll need to bring more than just yourself to finish the job. Grab these supplies to get you started and the optional equipment for more specific cleaning if required.
Brush and dustpan
Carpet Steam Cleaner (as required)
Oven cleaner (degreaser)
Preferred cleaning product (Easy-off, Pledge, Vim)
Ladder (as required)
Screwdriver (as required)
By far, your kitchen will require the most cleaning effort. Depending on use, grease build-up can be mild to severe. Oven cleaning alone will take up to an hour for degreasing agents to work their magic. You’ll also potentially have appliances that need to be wiped down, cupboards that need to be washed, and food stains to scrub out.
MOVE IN/ MOVE OUT CLEANING SERVICE
Moving to a new home is exciting, but it can be exhausting too. You just want to unpack, settle in with your family and enjoy your beautiful new property. The last thing you want to do is go back to your old property for an intensive cleaning session.
BEFORE/AFTER MOVE PROCESS
When you leave your old home, you need it to be spotless if you’re going to get your hands on that all-important security deposit. That means that you need cleaners you can rely on to turn up on time and get the job done well – first time around. Fortunately, services are designed for first-time satisfaction, every time. We’re so confident in the abilities of our maids, that we will deliver 100% free recleans if you’re not satisfied. Our cleaners follow a carefully put together move in/out cleaning checklist.
moving cleaning packages includes everything you need to delight your landlord including:
Kitchen and eating areas: Countertops, stove, sinks, microwave, window sills, blinds, baseboards, and doors.
Bathroom: Bathtubs, tile walls, showers, shower doors, vanity, sinks, faucets, mirrors, toilets, window sills, blinds,
Sleeping and living areas: Doors and door frames, flat areas, ceiling fans, baseboards, carpets and stairs (vacuumed), closets, general dusting, mopping.
Q: Do I need to be at home for the cleaning?
A: No, you can trust our background-checked cleaners to access and clean your home without you being there. We’ll lock up for you when we’re finished too.
Q: How long does the cleaning take?
A: Typically, move out cleaning services require more work than a standard clean. This means that it’s important to leave plenty of time for the service to be completed before you need to hand the keys back over to your landlord.
Two Steps For Hiring Move-In Cleaning Services
Between packing boxes, changing addresses and scheduling moving vans, moving into a new home brings a very long to-do list with it. With everything going on, the last thing you want to have to stop and do is deep clean your new home. While cleaning the home yourself is an option, it may not be ideal or even possible among the moving chaos. Instead, simplify your move and hire a reputable professional cleaner to do the work!
Deep Home Cleaning
While your new home may have been cleaned prior to sale, it’s always a good idea to hire a cleaning service to give it another deep clean before moving in. Since people often move out of their home quickly, it’s unlikely that the previous owner was able to thoroughly clean the home as well as they should have.
Hiring a professional cleaning service ensures all areas that were previously unnoticed are taken care of and the home meets your cleanliness standards. Typical move-in cleaning services include vacuuming and washing floors, wiping down baseboards, scrubbing bathrooms, sanitizing sinks and countertops, cleaning appliances and dusting extensively. Services vary between each cleaning company and may include additional services or premium cleaning packages. Most cleaning services charge by the hour or by square footage.
For harder-to-clean features such as carpets, you may want to consider hiring a professional carpet cleaner to provide a deeper clean. Regardless of how pristine the carpet looks when you move in, you can never be sure how the previous owner maintained it. Carpet is notorious for harboring allergens, odors, germs and stains that aren’t always visible. A professional carpet cleaner can remove those particles with ease and give you peace of mind!
Recurring Cleaning Services
In today’s fast-paced world, it’s difficult to keep up with regular home cleaning and maintenance. Luckily, most cleaning professionals also offer recurring cleaning services that help homeowners, or even renters, keep their home looking just as clean and beautiful as the day they moved in. Recurring cleaning services can be performed weekly, bi-weekly or monthly depending on your preference or need.
Coronavirus (COVID-19): guidance on moving home
Home moves in the social and private rented sector
Tenant, staff and contractor safety should be letting agents’ and landlords’ first priority when managing home moves. Please refer to guidance for landlords on meeting their duties and legal obligations in the social and private rented sectors during the pandemic.
Letting agents and private sector landlords should follow guidance on COVID-19 and renting which explains the current approach in the Private Rented Sector, including tenant protections. Propertymark has also produced guidance, see the related links page.
Specific advice on all home moves in the rented sector includes:
viewings should not be conducted in properties where tenants are showing symptoms or self-isolating. If tenants are at high clinical risk from COVID-19, they should not be compelled to allow viewings to take place in the property.
landlords and agents and should ask whether any member of a tenant’s household is showing symptoms, or has been asked to self-isolate, or is at high clinical risk before going ahead with any visits to properties. Appointment systems should be used for tenants visiting offices and when conducting viewings. Virtual viewings should be carried out where possible, with physical viewings only where there is no other alternative.
landlords and agents must give tenants appropriate notice before visiting the property and should not enter the property without the tenant’s consent, except in an emergency. Any visits to a property must be made in accordance with the Scottish Government guidelines on physical distancing.
where possible, repairs, gas and electrical safety checks and energy performance assessments should be conducted in the period between a property being vacated and a new tenant moving in
if this is not possible, and visits are needed to an occupied property, this should be done by appointment with measures put in place to ensure physical contact is minimised, for example with residents staying in another room during the visit
landlords should make every effort to abide by gas safety requirements, which continue to be of great importance for tenants’ safety. This may be more difficult due to restrictions associated with the COVID-19 outbreak, for example where a tenant has COVID-19 symptoms, is self-isolating or is at high clinical risk. Under such circumstances, provided the landlord can demonstrate they have taken reasonable steps to comply, they would not be in breach. The HSE has produced guidance on how to deal with specific circumstances.
landlords should also make every effort to abide by electrical and other fuel safety requirements, which continue to be of great importance for tenants’ safety. This may be more difficult due to restrictions associated with the COVID-19 outbreak.
letting agents may also want to consider obtaining landlord and tenant consent for inventory clerk appointments to also occur before a tenant moves in or after a tenant moves out during vacant periods if possible.
where there is no alternative, landlord staff and agents can accompany landlords and prospective tenants on physical viewings but should seek to minimise contact with prospective tenants and home occupiers at all times and follow government guidelines on physical distancing and the use of face coverings.
where an unaccompanied viewing is being carried out agents and landlords should make sure that tenants and prospective tenants clearly understand how the viewing should be conducted safely and that they should comply with health guidance including physical distancing.
all parties viewing a property should wash their hands with soap and water or use alcohol based hand rub (hand sanitiser) before entering the property, with internal doors opened and surfaces having also been cleaned with standard household cleaning products before they enter. If any party need to wash their hands in the property, separate towels or paper towels should be used. The landlord should be responsible for providing the cleaning products and towels.
properties should be deep cleaned in the period between the property being vacated and a new tenant moving in
Guide to Deep Cleaning Your Home Before a Move
Should you clean before a move?
Two of the most dreaded hassles of a move are packing and cleaning. No one wants to spend time cleaning up for landlords or new owners when they could be reminiscing about their new space. However, there are benefits to taking some time to deep clean your space before a move.
Should I clean my apartment before I move?
If you’re a renter who is moving to a new residence, you’ll want to take some time to do one final deep clean after you’ve moved all of your belongings out of the space. While it’s not the most enjoyable way to spend your Saturday, you’ll be glad you invested the time and energy to do so when you don’t get slammed with hundreds of dollars in cleaning fees.
What to Do Before Listing Your House for Sale
Deep cleaning is also beneficial for homeowners who intend to sell their home. In addition to looking less cluttered, which helps potential homeowners touring your home imagine what it would be like to live there, a clean space can also add value to your home. An appraiser will take into consideration the state of your home as well as the appearance of it, so deep cleaning before listing your home for sale can add money to your pocket or help you walk away with a larger down payment for your next home.
What should you clean before a move?
Wondering where to start and what to clean? Here’s a room-by-room guide to deep cleaning your home before a move.
In Every Room
Every room will have common areas which need attention, such as floors, baseboards, and walls. These are the spaces that will draw the eye when potential buyers are viewing your home, so it’s a good idea to make sure they are clean and well-maintained leading up to and throughout the selling process.