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How long does a move-out cleaning take?

You may be anxious to pack up your belongings and move into your new home. But before you do, you’ll need to leave your old home in clean condition before the new owners take over.

Generally speaking, real estate deals require that sellers ensure that their homes are relatively clean before the buyers take possession. The same is usually true in the case of a lease agreement in which tenants are required to ensure the unit is clean as part of the arrangement. 

But who wants to spend hours deep cleaning their home when they’re on the way out?

That’s where cleaning services come into play. With move-out cleaning assistance, you can have experts tackle the job for you so you can focus on getting your new home set up and ready for you to move into. 

The question is, how long does move-out cleaning take? And what’s involved in the process?

How Long Does Move-Out Cleaning Take?

Generally speaking, move-out cleaning can take anywhere from 90 minutes to 4 hours. The exact amount of time depends on a few things, including the size of the space, how much cleaning needs to be done, and any obstacles that might be in the way. 

That said, move-out cleaning can take as little as an hour for smaller units and condos, to as much as 8 hours or more for larger homes that require more extensive deep cleaning. 

Why Vacant Homes May Take More Time to Clean

Since you’re moving out of your home, you’ll likely have removed all your belongings and furniture by the time the cleaning staff arrives to give your home a deep clean prior to the new owners moving in. So why would the home take so long to clean if it’s vacant? Shouldn’t the lack of furniture make it easier and faster to clean?

The simple answer is, there are parts of your home that may have been covered and hidden by furniture that are usually not cleaned very often, if at all. While you may vacuum, mop, and dust on a regular basis, you’re likely not moving everything around to expose areas to clean every square inch of your space. As such, these unexposed areas may need more attention to remove years of dust or grime. 

Typical areas like these include pantries, laundry rooms, kitchen cabinets, underneath sinks, inside closets, light fixtures, window and door frames, and baseboards. In fact, you’d be surprised at just how dirty these areas can get after not seeing the light of day for so long. 

What is Included in a Deep House Cleaning?

A full deep house cleaning is very detailed and can include the following:

  • Dusting
  • Vacuuming carpets
  • Mopping floors
  • Light fixtures, ledges, baseboards, and above cabinets
  • Vent covers
  • Ceiling fans
  • Doors
  • Blinds
  • Garbage cans
  • Cabinets and drawers
  • Shower curtains
  • Toilets
  • Tile grouts
  • Sinks and faucets
  • Countertops
  • Kitchen appliances

Essentially, any surface you can think of will be cleaned thoroughly.