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3 Tips for Booking a Successful Move Out Cleaning Service

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Moving into a new home should be exciting shouldn’t it?

You’d think getting your new (or old) home clean and ready for living-in 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 or move in 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.

Tips From The Trenches

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.


Our 3 Best Tips For Booking A Move Out Cleaning Service


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 as early as possible!

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

The Sooner, The Cheaper

First of all, some house cleaning services actually raise the prices of their move out cleaning services as the days get closer towards the end of the month. And it all has to do with the law of supply and demand.

They know that the closer it gets to the end of the month, the more booked up other cleaning companies are and therefore, the less choice you’ll have when choosing a cleaning service.

There’s also the fact that many move outs have, as one of the conditions, that the home passes an inspection before and is professionally cleaned (with receipt required).

Bookings Fill Up FAST!

Finally, 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 desperately searching for a house cleaning service two or three days before their move out date.

We’ve even seen people call the day of their cleaning!!! (Those ones hurt the most).

The other things is that you get to choose the day and time that works for you the best. This doesn’t mean that you have to be there for the entire time of the clean, but you do have to be able to let us in to the home and you should be there to do a final check before the cleaners leave.

Our recommendation: 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, with the cleaning company that you trust, and at a date and time that works best for you.



Movers First, Cleaners Second

Life Is Hard To Predict

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

But it’s usually not a fault of their own.

A lot of times 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.

There’s also weather factors, trucks breaking down, etc.

Give Yourself A Buffer

This all means that it’s really, really hard to predict when they’ll arrive.

So what happens then?

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 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 movers a day or two before the cleaning service comes in – and BOTH OF THEM AT LEAST one day before you have to hand your keys in.

Thanks to Murphy’s Law, anything that could go wrong will go wrong. In other words, if you leave everything for the very last day you’re playing with fire. Little things can happen 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 or the water gets shut off, – we’ve seen it all.

Having at least a one day buffer gives you some margin for error and some peace of mind.



Watch Out For “Man Hours”

If It’s Too Good To Be True

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.

Why More Isn’t Always Better

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 quoting you in “man-hours”, make sure to confirm how many people they are sending. Luckily, most of the bigger cleaning services don’t do this anymore, but do make sure before you book.

TIP: Try to have them send one person, two at the most. Find out why here: Why Less is More In Housecleaning.


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.



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As a house cleaning service we’ve helped all sorts of people in different situations:

  • Entrepreneurs running their own businesses
  • Business professionals working tough hours
  • Growing families busy with careers, children’s activities, etc.
  • …and much more.

If you value your time the way our customers do, click the link below to head over to our homepage where you can get a FREE, no-obligation, no-pressure quote from a member of our sales team.


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





  1. 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. 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. 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. 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.

  5. Great tips! Thank you very much for sharing this post. House cleaning services are required for moving. When a person is moving to another place a few good tips can be life saving really. These tips are worth consideration and one should make sure that everything falls in place.
    Move in clean North Richland Hills

    • Scrubbi Author
      scrubbi Reply

      No problem! Thanks for reading. 🙂

  6. This is really useful, thanks.

  7. Thanks for the wonderful post

    • Scrubbi Author
      scrubbi Reply

      Thanks for reading!

  8. Thanks for the excellent article

  9. Great ideas! Hiring cleaners are really a big help and time saver. Thanks for this!

  10. Ray Burridge Reply

    Will be having a move coming up soon. Would like to receive a few free estimates. Not sure what the procedure is.

    • Scrubbi Author
      scrubbi Reply

      Hi Ray! Someone in Sales should be reaching out shortly.

  11. Judy Reply

    I have run a cleaning business and have had the last minute phone calls. What many people don’t realize is that we depend on regular customers and don’t often have time for last minute calls. But if you call way ahead, you might be able to get something worked out. Paying someone to clean is better than taking time off work. Professional house cleaners have a routine and can get it done faster. Just consider it a cost of your move

    • Scrubbi Author
      scrubbi Reply

      Great points Judy! You said it better than we could. 🙂

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