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How to Prepare Your Home for Move-Out Cleaning in Toronto

How to Prepare Your Home for Move-Out Cleaning in Toronto
February 20, 2024

When you’re preparing to move, you have an obligation to make sure the new tenants or owners find a fresh, clean home to move into. That calls for a professional move-out cleaning in North York that tackles every square inch of the home.

How to prepare your home for move-out cleaning in Toronto

Although the cleaners will manage the cleaning, there are still some things you should do to prepare your home for their arrival. Use this list to make sure your home is ready for the cleaners, and that you adhere to your lease or sales agreement. 

Remove Your Belongings

Packing away your belongings and removing them from the home clears the way for move-out cleaning in North York. It’s important to check every closet, shelf, pantry, under the sink, laundry room, etc., to look for anything you might either have forgotten or thought could be thrown away by the new tenants/owners.

Leaving unwanted belongings behind is actually not allowed based on most leases and sales agreements. So, avoid charges and issues, and make sure you haven’t left anything.

Vacuum or Sweep Floors

Move-out cleaning services will wash the floors. However, it helps to do a final sweep or vacuum before you leave. This allows the cleaners to come in with their equipment and do a professional-grade cleaning to adhere to the rules of leaving the home in sanitary condition.

Meet Your Obligations

As our list progresses, you’re probably wondering why you hired professional cleaners if you have to clean anyway. The truth is that you have an obligation to clean the home.

Whether it’s you or the landlord/real estate agent who arranges for the move-out cleaning services, you have to show that you’ve done your part to leave the home in good condition.

Wipe Down Surfaces

This is especially important for things, like the stovetop, kitchen/bathroom counters, and cabinet fronts. Move-out cleaners will use heavy-duty cleaners and sanitizers to ensure the home is move-in ready. However, any sticky messes you leave behind will slow them down and can end up costing you or the landlord more money.

Depending on the level and type of dirt you leave behind, you could face issues with the new buyers or the landlord if they feel you did not meet the requirements to leave the home in good condition.

Clean Inside Kitchen Drawers and Cabinets

This is very important, especially if the home might sit empty for a while before the new tenants/owners move in. Even small amounts of food debris can attract pests to the home, which can lead to an infestation in a matter of days. 

Insects can multiply at a frightening speed, especially roaches and ants. By removing all your food and cleaning out kitchen drawers, shelves, cabinets, and pantries, you help reduce the risk of infestation before move-in day.

Repair Nail Holes and Minor Wall Damage

If you used nails to hang art and pictures on your walls, the damage must be repaired before the cleaners arrive. This should be done as soon as possible, as it takes time for the filler to set and harden completely.

Since the cleaners will wipe down and wash the walls, ensuring holes are filled once the nails are removed will follow your lease/sales agreement while allowing the cleaners to do their job without damaging your repair work.

Repaint the Walls or Do Touch Ups

If you leased your home and did not have written permission from the landlord to paint the walls, you’ll have to repaint them to a similar, neutral paint colour to avoid losing your deposit.

If you own the home, you likely already painted or did touch-ups before you listed, so this is not usually necessary unless it was included as a condition of the sale.

Clean the Appliances Inside and Out

Removing all food from the fridge and freezer and cleaning your appliances inside and out is a given when you move out. For the fridge, chances are the landlord will unplug the appliances until the new tenants move in. As a result, any food left in the fridge or freezer will rot, leading to cleaning issues and odours that can stay in the apartment for weeks. 

Remove the food and clean all the shelves and drawers of the fridge and freezer, as this is not always included in move-out cleaning services. Although the cleaners do wipe down the outside of your stove and fridge, you should do this as the final step in case the landlord or new buyers arrive before the cleaners. 

The oven is also important, as you might attract pests to the baked-on food on the stove top as well as in the oven. Vacuum out the oven drawer to remove crumbs and food drips. And don’t forget the dishwasher. Be sure to run a wash cycle using a product like Finish or Affresh for dishwashers. 

Tackle the Bathroom

Of course, move-out cleaners will sanitize all the surfaces in the bathroom. However, leaving behind toilet bowl stains, damaged dirty tiles and grout, dirty counters, and spattered mirrors is not acceptable.

Wash your bathroom using disinfecting, surface-appropriate cleaning products to provide a clean surface ready for a professional-grade deep cleaning. Again, you don’t want the new tenants or owners to arrive to check out the home and find a filthy bathroom before they move in. That’s just embarrassing!

Clean the Laundry Appliances

Cleaning the laundry appliances avoids the smells and dangers of dirty washing machines and dryers. Using a product like Affresh in the washer will get rid of mouldy residue and soap scum that can cause a musty smell in the home if left for too long. Additionally, the dryer lint catcher should be cleaned and vacuumed to remove as much of the lint build-up as possible. 

Wipe down the dust and lint that tends to collect on the walls beside the dryer and any cabinets or shelves for storage. Make sure you check the machines for stray clothing you might have missed. You’d be surprised how many people move out and leave an entire load of laundry behind!

Contact the North York Move-Out Cleaning Experts

These tips will ensure that not only is the home ready for the move-out cleaners in North York, but also that you adhere to the terms of your lease or sales agreement. This way, you can avoid hassles that can make a moving day even more stressful.

To learn more about Maid4Condos’ move-out cleaning services in North York, click here. You can also call us at 647-822-0601 or contact us online.

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