Scrubbi’s 3 Best Tips for a Successful Move Out Cleaning Service

January 20, 2015

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Moving out of your old home and into a new one should be exciting shouldn’t it?

You would think getting your new (or old) home should be the least of your worries.

Yet time and time again, we run into clients that are feeling anxious and stressed about their move out cleaning.

Most of the stress is understandable, moving your life into a new home is a very big deal. – but some of that stress could’ve been avoided had they known about our 3 simple tips for a smooth and successful move out cleaning.

These tips come from years of experience in the trenches – both as a customer and as a house cleaning service.

Today, we’re pulling back the curtain so you’ll be better informed about the proper steps to hiring a move out cleaning service.

This way you’ll actually enjoy the full benefit of a stress-free house cleaning service.

In fact, you’ll realize just how much a cleaning service makes your life easier, you’ll be doing this for big parties, before or after trips, or even when your in-laws decide to stay for a week or two.


Scrubbi’s 3 Best Tips for A Successful a Move Out Clean


Book Cleaning Early

Book Early

If there’s only one take away you actually get from this post make sure it’s this: book you move out cleaning appointment early.

This isn’t just for your peace of mind, it’s also for the good of your wallet.

Some house cleaning operations have been known to raise the prices of their move out cleaning services as the days get closer towards the end of the month. Why? It’s simply the law of supply and demand. They know that the closer it gets to the end of he month, the less choice you’ll have since. They also know that you need their services because you probably have an inspection before moving out and one of the conditions of moving out is getting the place professionally cleaned.

So if you call just 4 or 5 days in advance, they know you’ll be absolutely desperate because most of the cleaning companies will be booked up for the end of the month. This can sometimes make the price of your Move Out clean double of what it would’ve been had you booked a month in advance.

The most obvious reason to book early is because move out cleaning bookings fill up fast. We’ve lost count the number of times we’ve had to turn down clients frantically searching for a house cleaning services on the 29th of the month. As much as possible, you don’t want to “just settle for anyone” or rely on someone cancelling at the last minute.

Our recommendation: So when is the best time to book a house cleaning service for a Move Out clean? We recommend at least 3 weeks in advance to ensure that you get the best price and that you get the date and time you want.



Movers First, Cleaners Second

Movers are great and they’re amazing at what they do, but they are notorious for being behind schedule.

It’s usually not a fault of their own. A lot of times their clients aren’t as organized as they should be which means there’s a lot of time wasted with them waiting around for goods to be packed or driving to different locations to pick up the customer’s stuff. So if you’re not their first appointment of the day, it’s hard to predict when they’ll arrive.

A lot of times we’ll be in homes where we’ve cleaned the house and finished with all the floors, only to have the movers come after we’re done, messing up the floors with their dirty shoes or spreading dust that’s piled up on top of the boxes.

That means you’ll have to pay for even more time to have the cleaners stay and re-clean the floors, or if they’re already gone, you may have to re-do the floors yourselves.

Our recommendation: As much as possible, schedule to have all the items in the home moved out before the cleaners arrive. The clean will go much smoother and you’ll be less stressed about handing over your keys if you do.

Bonus recommendation: Book the cleaning and the movers a day or two before you have to hand your keys in. If you leave everything for the very last day, you’re potentially playing with fire. Little things can go wrong that you would never expect like: the home is dirtier than you thought, the movers get held up and can’t make it that day, the power goes out in your area, etc.



Watch Out For “Man Hours”

Think you got a great deal on that house cleaning because you’re only paying “$15 per man-hour”?

Well before you make vacation plans with all that money you think you’ll be saving, make sure you understand that ” $15 per man-hour” is NOT the same as “$15 per hour”.

If a company is charging you $15 per man-hour, that means they’re charging you $15 per hour for every person that they send. So if they’re sending a team of 4 to your home, they’re actually charging you $60 per hour (or $15 x 4 people), not $15.

What’s worse is that the more people they send, the more inefficient the job is. This is a little counter-intuitive but from our experience, when you send more than one person, the tendency is for the cleaners to chit chat, get in each other’s way, or miss cleaning some things because they each assumed the other person was going to clean it.

Our recommendation: If they are charging you in man-hours, confirm how many people they are sending. Try to have them send one person, two at the most.


Why Book A Move Out Clean?

Why would anyone want to book a move out cleaning anyways? Here are a few reasons:

  • You can actually save a lot time and hard work by booking a move out cleaning service, especially when you’re moving in. If you’re moving into a previously owned home, there may be surfaces in there that haven’t been cleaned in years. You can just imagine how dirty it can be – NOT the type of experience you want moving into your new home.
  • The second is that, more often now, we’re seeing move out cleanings as a requirement in your rental contract when you’re moving out. Sometimes it’s actually required that you hire a professional service if you want to get your deposit back, cleaning it yourself may not good enough. Many landlords are going this route because they want to make sure the rental property is cleaned properly before showing it to prospective renters. If the previous renter didn’t keep the place in good shape, most times even a month’s deposit won’t be enough to cover the cost of fixing and cleaning the rental property.
  • It’s physically hard work and if you’re recovering from an injury or if you’re retired, you don’t want to be scrubbing bathtubs and washing the insides cabinets yourself. You may want to think of outsourcing your cleaning to some professionals.


More Information

Before you bring in those cleaners for the move out, check out more of our insider tips on the Zoocasa or Liv Edmonton Real Estate blogs and make your professional house cleaner experience is a positive, mistake-free one. Just click one of the links below:

Moving Out? Here’s How To Hire A House Cleaning Service – Zoocasa

4 Steps for a Successful Move Out Clean – Liv Edmonton Real Estate


Want a Cleaning Quote from Scrubbi for your Move In or Move Out? Click here.



Scrubbi is a professional house cleaning company that cleans homes in Edmonton, Sherwood Park, and St. Albert.





  1. Anita Mas September 24, 2015 Reply

    That’s good to know that some companies charge more at the end of the month. Most contracts are over then, I guess. It would be nice to have everything moved out and cleaned before the deadline. It would reduce my stress by quite a bit. I’ll have to look into it some more.

  2. Nick Mallory October 27, 2015 Reply

    I agree that you might actually save money by booking a cleaning service to do the move-out cleaning. When my wife and I moved this summer, it took a couple of long days of cleaning to get all the nooks and crannies of the house clean. I had to take a couple of days off work. We probably could have saved some money if we’d just hired someone. When we move again we’re definitely going to try it.

  3. Alex Lane December 8, 2015 Reply

    Thanks for the tips. The company that I work for is moving out of our current office soon and we are responsible for cleaning it. After reading this it seems very wise to hire a professional janitorial service to help out with it. How long will a thorough cleaning like you discussed take usually?

  4. Kyle Wayne January 4, 2018 Reply

    I found it interesting that you mentioned how calling last minute can sometimes make your move out clean double than if you had booked in advance. My dad is moving to a cabin he’s building in the mountains and is looking to hire a move out cleaning service. I’ll be sure to talk to him about not doing it last minute to get a good price.

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