Move Out Cleaning Practices Consumers Can Believe In

When the Tenant Moves Out

You may serve the notice in one of three ways:

in person;

mail the notice by first class mail;

or post and mail if your rental agreement allows for it.

For all notices that are mailed, add an additional 3 days to calculate when the notice will go into effect. For all notices that are posted and mailed, you do not need to add an additional 3 days

If you are renting month-to-month, you must notify your landlord in writing 30 days (33 days if the notice is mailed only and not posted) before the day you move. See Sample Letter 5 in the resource ‘Sample Letters to the Landlord’. You do not need a reason to end the tenancy. Your landlord may agree to accept a shorter notice but is not required to do so. Get the agreement in writing.

You may give the notice on any day of the month, not just the first day of the month or on the day that rent is due. If you have a lease, read the lease carefully to see if the lease requires written notice before you move at the end of the lease term. You may be able to break the lease earlier if the landlord violates the lease terms or the law or you are a victim of domestic violence, dating violence, stalking, or sexual assault.

even if you move out before the 30 days are up, unless the landlord agrees to your moving early without paying. (Get all agreements in writing). If you do not pay, the landlord will probably deduct the rent from your security deposit and might sue you in small claims court if you did not pay a security deposit or your landlord claims that you owe more money than your security deposit. If you move out early, and don’t pay for the full 30 days, the landlord must make reasonable efforts to find a new tenant

You can terminate your rental agreement and the rental agreement of your immediate family members* with at least 14-days’ written notice to your landlord. Your written notice must include verification that you have been a victim of domestic violence, dating violence, stalking, or sexual assault within the last 90 days** or that you have a current order of protection from the courts. The “verification” of your having been the victim can be in the form of:

a valid court order requiring the abuser to stay away from you (such as a restraining order signed by a judge),

a court order of conviction or a police report regarding an act domestic violence, dating violence, stalking, or sexual assault, or

a statement signed by a qualified third party (law enforcement officer, attorney, licensed health care professional, or victims’ advocate at a victims service provider) law enforcement officer saying that you have been a victim of abuse within the past 90 days


Move Out Cleaning

It’s almost time to move out of your home, but you feel a little rushed and don’t have time to clean! Moving is a hassle in itself, so leave the cleaning to us. Whether you are trying to run down your landlords’ checklist to get your security deposit back or getting your home ready for resale

What is Included in a Move Out Cleaning Service?

A move out cleaning typically takes a little bit of extra time because we make sure to get those hard to reach areas that need some extra attention. Then rather than bundling add-on’s together such as: inside the oven, inside the fridge, inside the window etc. – we let you customize your cleaning to your exact needs. You can simply add the extra services YOU need and forget about the ones you don’t!

do ask that you have all of your belongings moved out prior to the cleaning to ensure we can clean everything to our standards. If for some reason you are unable to move everything out, we will clean around the furniture and boxes. However, this is never ideal because once you move those out… the areas will obviously not be satisfactory.


Cleaning and repair rules when you move out

The last thing you probably feel like doing as you move out of a rental is cleaning the place. Like it or not, though, you’re expected to leave it just as nice as it was when you moved in.

If you leave a dirty place for your landlord, they can hold back the cost to clean up from your security deposit. After all, it is your mess. But the security deposit is your money. You want as much of it back as possible, right? So just what are your responsibilities?

Read your lease

Besides typical cleanup duties such as washing the floor or vacuuming the carpet, the landlord expects you to do a thorough job of getting that rental back into shape. Move-out expectations vary, so check your rental agreement or lease to see what the landlord wants you to do.

Common cleanup duties

Common cleaning requests include wiping down baseboards, doorknobs, and light switches; dusting ceiling fixtures; washing the windows; and thoroughly cleaning appliances. Some landlords may expect a professional carpet cleaning as well. It’s definitely worth your time to read every move-out detail in your agreement, as some landlords levy extra fees if you don’t take care of an item on the list or if you don’t do it within the specified time frame.

Repair damages

Even minor damage to the rental must be repaired before you hand over the keys. A couple of nail holes may not seem like much to you, but if you don’t repair them, the landlord has to. That means they can bill you in the form of a deduction from your security deposit


Guide to Apartment Cleaning for Moving In or Out

Whether you’re just moving in or about to move out, you might not have thought about an important factor for both: cleaning. Cleaning before or directly after you move in might not be your biggest concern, but cleaning your rental space before moving out could help ensure return of a security deposit. Read our tips and checklists below to make sure your apartment is sparkling:

Moving In

Cleaning can be tricky during the move-in phase. Depending on when your lease starts and when you physically move into your space can determine a lot. If you have a few days in between the two, take the time to visit the apartment and do some overall cleaning and double checking of appliances, faucets and other things that might need attention before you begin using them. If you notice something that wasn’t a problem during your walk-through, or if you didn’t have a walk-through, be sure to contact your landlord or property manager to ensure it’s fixed before your official move-in.

Before Move-In Cleaning Checklist

Vacuum and/or steam clean carpet

Lightly wipe down surfaces

Clean bathtub and toilet

Open a window (weather permitting) to allow fresh air in

Check vents and air filter

Check faucets for potential leaks

Clean refrigerator and freezer

Moving Out

While moving in can be less stressful when it comes to cleaning depending on how tidy you are in general, cleaning when moving out can determine whether you get your full security deposit back or not. Follow the checklist below to make sure you leave your space in good shape for the next renters:

Moving Out Cleaning Checklist

Vacuum and/or steam clean carpet

Double check for potential stains on carpeting and remove best as possible

Remove all nails, staples and hanging strips from the walls

Remove scuffs from the wall using a magic eraser

Remove all food and trash from the apartment

Cancel all utilities for that specific rental

Do a move out inspection with your landlord to discuss any, or lack thereof, damages




Kitchen Cleaning

Oven and Inside Fridge have to be cleaned if a deposit is held.

Inside/Outside and top of fridge (if Selected)

Stove top and Oven  (if selected) (Self cleaning ovens take 3 hrs to clean and 2 hrs cooling down)

please run self clean cycle the night before we are to clean

Polish stainless steel appliances. (if you have them)

Inside and outside of cabinets and drawers.

Clean light switch plates. Wash baseboards.

Wipe down door facing and frame. Sweep/mop floor.

Bathroom Cleaning

Tub, shower, shower doors and door tracks

Clean sink, toilet. Inside and out medicine cabinet/mirror.

Clean vanity, under the sink, and drawers.

Wash  windows sills, and ledges.

Clean light switch plates. Wash baseboards.

Wipe down door facing and frame. Sweep/mop floor.

When you move out of a rental apartment, the biggest priority is getting back your deposit. Landlords require a deposit before you move in .Your deposit will either be subtracted for any necessary repairs after you leave or will be fully reimbursed to you if everything is in the same shape as when you moved in. To get back your deposit, it’s important to take good care of the home while you’re living there. When you move out, it’s just as important to give it a good, deep cleaning, even if you have maintained it well over the course of your stay.