Worried about losing your deposit to cleaning costs?

Over time, places get dirty and need to be cleaned.  Even if you managed to keep your carpet kindly, the stuff that lurks under your couch, behind your dresser and beneath your refrigerator can be downright nasty. And your landlord will probably charge you if he or she is left to clean it.

If you’re looking at a mess and wondering, “how do I get my deposit back?”, it’s time to hire a professional cleaning service.

Do You Really Need a Cleaning Service?

Before you go off and hire somebody to clean your place, you should check to make sure that it’s worth it.  Landlords will usually take cleaning costs out of your apartment deposit.  Talk to your landlord to see what cleaning costs you will be charged for.  Some might charge you for things, like floor buffing, that a cleaning service wouldn’t provide you.

Also, ask if you can hire a cleaning service.  Some landlords might insist on using their own cleaning services no matter what, doubling your charges.

Once you know that hiring a cleaning service can save you money, then you can move on to hiring one.

Find a reliable cleaner

You want to find a trustworthy, reliable cleaning service.   There are several ways to do this:

  • Use Yelp or Google and pick a cleaning service with good reviews.
  • If you have any family or friends who use a maid service, ask them if they have any recommendations.
  • Ask your real estate agent for suggestions.
  • Tell the cleaner about your needs and make sure they are willing to do the job for the right price.

Next Step: Moving Day Considerations


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What Do Moving Out Cleaning Services Do?

How Much Does Move Out Cleaning Cost?

How to Get a Rental Deposit Back