Do You Have To Clean Your Apartment When You Move Out?

Note: Your apartment should be clean before the end of your lease, so allow ample time to pack up, move out, and clean afterwards in order to avoid paying extra rent.

Does a tenant have to clean before leaving?

Some landlords include carpet cleaning responsibility as part of the lease agreement. This would mean the tenant is required to get the carpets professionally cleaned before leaving the apartment. However, if the tenant fails to do so, landlords can’t deduct the standard cleaning from the deposit.

How clean does my apartment need to be when I move out?


  • Take all nails and screws out of the walls and ceiling and putty them smoothly.
  • Dust the ceiling fixtures.
  • Dust all ledges.
  • Clean the windows.
  • Clean the door knobs and doors.
  • Clean all light switches and outlets.
  • Clean the walls and baseboards.

Should a rental house be clean when you move in?

Clean the Property

Cleaning is especially important if you are doing an apartment turnover, which means there was a previous tenant living in the unit. You should also have the property exterminated before tenant move-in even if there is no noticeable problem.

What happens if you don’t clean your apartment?

If you do not clean your apartment, because of laziness or something, you will end up with more problems. It will become filthy, attract bugs and it will be home to dust mites and molds. You will be susceptible to diseases, and if you have a family, they are likely to spend more time in hospitals.

What’s included in a move out cleaning?

Services included on our standard move-out cleaning checklist may include:

  1. Vacuum and sweep all floors.
  2. Wipe down baseboards.
  3. Scrub shower and bathtub.
  4. Scrub toilets.
  5. Clean sinks and counter tops.
  6. Clean kitchen appliances.
  7. Dust everything.

Do tenants have to pay for professional cleaning?

Many landlords include a “professional cleaning” clause in their tenancy agreements. Tenants often find themselves forced to use cleaning services worth up to 400 pounds for as short as a six month tenancy.

How much does it cost to clean an apartment when moving out?

The national average cost of a standard clean for a typical apartment is between $100 and $150. A light clean is often classified as a “standard clean.” This is the best options for apartments that have been maintained and without deep levels of grime and dirt that the professional cleaning crew needs to remove.

How much is a move out cleaning?

Move out cleaning costs somewhere between $150 and $250 on average, will $200 being the rough price for a 1,000 sq. ft. home.

How long does a move out cleaning take?

When calculating how much time a thorough clean will take, a good rule of thumb with a four-person cleaning crew is 60 minutes for every 1,000 square feet cleaned during an initial deep cleaning. This time is due to the well-orchestrated, team approach to cleaning.