Home Rental Cleaning: Move-In & Move-Out Home Rental Cleaning


Many tenants worry about getting their security deposits back. Having a professional service clean the unit after everyone has moved out is one way to help guarantee the unit will be clean and ready for inspection by the landlord. Should there be a legal dispute in the future about the return of the deposit, the documentation about the cleaning in the form of a receipt can be a perfect item to present for evidence. Having a service come in after the moving process also allows the tenant to focus on moving or getting settled in the new place instead of cleaning the old one.


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Landlords also like the idea of having a professional cleaning service prepare rentals. Many tenants have good intentions but miss the mark by forgetting to clean the insides of refrigerators, microwaves or even the shower stalls. Having a service go through the entire unit likely means it is ready to show prospective tenants more quickly so it can be re-rented.


Finding move-in and move-out house cleaning can be a great way to help get rental apartments and homes back into pristine shape. Hugely popular among college students, this kind of service is useful whether you are the landlord or the tenant, especially for individuals without cleaning experience.

Before you schedule a cleaning appointment however, take the time to make sure you are getting the right cleaning service for you. Here are tips on how to find the right service.

Experience Counts

There are potentially many different ways people can obtain this kind of service. Getting a referral from a friend or relative is one way, but some people may want to look at services advertised through private party ads on the web. While legitimate services are offered this way, some ads belong to scam artists. And while there are legitimate service providers on these sites, some of them are not bonded or do not have business licenses within the city. Some are not insured, so if one of them gets hurt on the job, problems could occur.

A better way to find someone may be to locate a business that has been in the area for a while. These companies will usually have a website and can be verified as to the quality of work they provide. These businesses often have reviews on different consumer sites that can give potential customers more information. Another point to consider is that if a cleaning company has been around for a while, they are likely to provide good service.

Certified and Insured


Even the most experienced cleaners experience mishaps at some point in their work. Insurance will help cover damages made in your home, as well as possible injuries that may occur on your grounds. Professional certification and licensing on the other hand will help lower the chances of these damages happening in the first place. During your initial discussions with the cleaning company, ask to see proof of any certifications or insurance they have.

Cleaning Supplies Used


Some cleaning companies do not explicitly state what sort of cleaning products and tools they use. If someone in your home is sensitive to certain cleaning chemicals, or if someone is concerned about using environmentally-friendly cleaning supplies, check with the service before hiring the company. Cleaning companies might not be able to accommodate last-minute special requests; if you have certain requirements regarding supplies or methods used, make sure the company is able to adjust for your needs.

If you keep these tips in mind while choosing a service, you will be better prepared for move-in & move-out house cleaning.



Dante Co works with Santa Barbara’s Cleaning by Rosie, a guest blogger on office and home cleaning.


Move-In & Move-Out Home Rental Cleaning :  Created on November 29th, 2013.  Last Modified on May 1st, 2015

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