What Are Move Out Cleanings and Why Are They Important?
A move out cleaning in Toronto is a specialized type of cleaning that aims to ensure a home is spotless before its occupant moves out of it. Move in and move out cleanings are detailed cleanings which give the customer the opportunity to customize the level of cleaning and service to their budget and goals.
A move out cleaning is typically performed after the tenant has already moved the majority of their belongings elsewhere, but before they’ve officially given the keys back to their landlord.
But why do you need to clean your previous apartment or house before you move out? What does a typical move out cleaning include? Is a move out cleaning required? Keep reading to learn the answers to these questions.
Should I clean my house before I move out?
It depends on whether you own the home in question or if you’re just renting it. If you’re the owner, whether you decide to clean it yourself may depend on whether leaving the home in a clean condition was included in your home’s Purchase & Sales Agreement, your personal feelings on providing a welcoming environment for the new owners, and what you plan to do with the property after you move out. If you’re a soon-to-be former tenant, your tenant agreement may require you to perform a move out cleaning. Even if this is not the case, scheduling a move out cleaning is in your best interest.
Consider the following:
If you’re a tenant
Most residential lease agreements require the tenant to keep the property in the same (presumably excellent) condition it was in when they initially rented it. The only exception to this rule are the damages caused by normal wear and tear.
So by not cleaning your previous home before you leave it for good, you’re basically failing to meet the end-of-lease clause in your agreement. This gives your landlord the legal right to use your initial security deposit to pay for a professional cleaning. They may even demand additional money (or sue you) if they feel you’ve left the place in a subpar condition.
If you’re the owner
If your home’s Purchase & Sales Agreement requires you to leave the home in a clean condition, if you intend to rent out the home or if you simply care about providing the new owners a freshly cleaned home as you would want, giving the place an extensive move out cleaning is a must.
After all, no one wants to move into or lease a home that looks like it hasn’t been properly cleaned or maintained in a long time. Booking a move out cleaning is an easy and effective way to present the property in the best possible light.
How clean should your house be when you move out?
As a tenant, it should be absolutely pristine. This is because your goal isn’t just to meet the requirements set in your landlord-tenant contract, but also to keep your landlord from finding any excuse to withhold your security deposit or make any other complaints.
A move out cleaning normally consists of the following tasks:
- Polish chrome and mirrors
- Clean and disinfect the bathroom
- Remove cobwebs
- Sanitize and clean door handles and switch plate covers
- Throw out the trash
- Clean showers, bathtubs, grout, and tile walls
- Clean the blinds
- Clean light fixtures
- Clean drains, faucets, and sinks with a toothbrush
- Clean dust shutters
- Mop all floors
- Vacuum all floors and floor coverings
- Clean window sills, baseboards, and ledges
- Wash doors, door frames, and window frames
- Clean kitchen appliances inside and out
- Remove build-up on surfaces
- Clean drawers and cabinets inside and out
- Wash the walls
- Clean inside closets
Where can I book an extensive move out cleaning in Toronto?
Moving to a new home is already stressful enough without also having to spend hours scrubbing out every last stain in your previous home. Here at Maid Near Me, we’d like to help you deal with that part of your move in the most effective and hassle-free way possible!
Maid Near Me cleaning professionals specialize in providing the full range of residential cleaning services, including first-rate move out/in, post-construction, and vacation rental cleanings.
Give us a call today and take full advantage of our 100% satisfaction guarantee and our simple and convenient booking process!