Move Out Cleaning 101: The Ins and Outs of Move Out Cleaning

by Pristine Beers | White Lilac Cleaning - November 30, 2020

It’s an unfortunate fact that America is full of unscrupulous landlords who are always looking for an excuse to withhold their renters’ security deposits. To do this, they will carefully inspect the property for any stains or damages that they can then use to “prove” the tenant’s negligence.

Don’t let yourself be taken for a ride! By thoroughly cleaning the place before you move out, you’ll be meeting any cleaning stipulations in your rental contract while also making it next-to-impossible for your landlord to find anything to complain about.

But what exactly does an Anchorage move out cleaning include, and how is it different from a regular cleaning? Are move out cleanings a must, or do you have an option not to do them? We’ll be answering these questions in the following article. Read on!

Why should I book a move out cleaning?What's included in a move out clean

In addition to helping you get your security deposit back and being a generally nice thing to do, move out cleanings are extremely important if you own the property in question and are planning to sell it. After all, a pristine home is much more attractive to prospective buyers than one that looks like it hasn’t been maintained all that well.

Furthermore, by having professional cleaners take care of your move out cleaning, you’ll make it easier for yourself to focus on the other aspects of your move, or simply give yourself some much-needed free time to relax and enjoy a peaceful stroll through the Delaney Park Strip with your loved ones.

What’s included in a move out clean?

Unlike standard home cleanings, move out cleanings primarily deal with the property itself. Since the previous renter has already removed most (if not all) of their furniture, decorations, and other belongings, the cleaners have ready access to areas that would otherwise be difficult to clean.

A typical move out cleaning includes:

  • Vacuuming and mopping floors
  • Vacuuming floor coverings (carpet, rug, etc.)
  • Throwing out the garbage
  • Dusting high and low areas
  • Cleaning door handles
  • Dusting windows, ledges, and sills
  • Cleaning inside accessible windows and window tracks
  • Dusting all blinds and baseboards
  • Cleaning all accessible light fixtures and ceiling fans
  • Cleaning the interior and the exterior of the fridge, oven, and microwave
  • Wiping countertops
  • Wiping cabinet interiors and exteriors
  • Cleaning and disinfecting the toilet
  • Cleaning the sink
  • Cleaning and disinfecting showers and bathtubs
  • Changing the linens

How do you deep clean a house before moving out?

Deep cleaning is an extra-thorough type of cleaning that aims to clean difficult-to-reach surfaces, remove stubborn stains, and clear out cluttered areas. Due to how extensive and time-consuming it can be, a deep cleaning is only done 2-3 times a year, which is why many people refer to it as “spring cleaning”.

Deep cleanings often include:

  • Everything a standard cleaning does
  • Moving large furniture and cleaning behind and underneath it
  • Removing HVAC vent covers to clean or replace the filters and vacuum inside the vent
  • Cleaning inside and outside the oven, microwave, and fridge
  • Cleaning inside and outside kitchen cupboards and drawers
  • Shampooing the carpets
  • Washing the windows

Where can I book an in-depth Anchorage move out cleaning?

How do you deep clean a house before moving out

Moving is never easy. On top of having to deal with your landlord and make sure your pets, family, and belongings get to their new home safely, you also need to roll back your sleeves and give your old Anchorage home a good move out scrubbing.

With all those things to worry about, it’s no surprise that many Americans feel that moving is even more stressful than planning a wedding. At White Lilac, we’d like to help you take care of your move out cleaning by matching you with one of the expert cleaners we work with. Contact us today!