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How to clean your home before moving out

Moving is a stressful situation for anyone. On top of packing up all your belongings for your next home, you want to make sure to get that damage deposit back,…

Moving is a stressful situation for anyone. On top of packing up all your belongings for your next home, you want to make sure to get that damage deposit back, and there is only one way to do that. Cleaning. Now you have the stress of cleaning your previous home to perfection on your long list of tasks to complete. Of course you can always hire a cleaning service, but if you’ve left it to the last minute and cannot book a service or don’t want to pay for one, there are ways to make sure that you clean your previous home the right way for the next residents, and to get your money back.

    Before you start cleaning, you need to make sure that you have the right products and supplies to do a good job. You probably already have the basics on hand; surface cleaner, cloths, mop, duster, glass cleaner, etc, but there are other essential products that you will need to make your home spotless.

Oven cleaner, wood cleaner, and stainless steel cleaner are some of the big ones, as these are large areas that your landlord will be looking to be cleaned. Think about all the areas, surfaces and finishes in your home and try to pick up products for each of them. It might seem like a lot of products and a bit expensive, but you can always take these products to use in your new home as well.

    It is important to start cleaning once everything is out of your home, and this includes boxes you may have still lying around. This stops dust from coming back to areas you have cleaned, footprints from movers, and scratches on the wall that may have happened while moving furniture or large items. This will prevent you from having to re-clean areas you already cleaned which in turn saves you time. No one wants to clean for longer than they have to, so cleaning your empty home will be much easier if there are not items in the way that you have to move.

As well, if you decide to hire a cleaning service for a move out clean, the cleaning company will most likely ask that all your items are removed from your home before they come in to clean. Best practice is just to make sure you start with a clean slate.

    Believe it or not, there is a correct order to how rooms should be cleaned. For kitchens and bathrooms, always start with big appliances first, then inside cabinets, sinks, counters and then floors. For living rooms, bonus rooms or offices that don’t have furniture built into the home, start with the walls and baseboards, then finish with the floors. Vacuuming and mopping should always be the last thing you do, as you want to collect all the dust and debris that have landed on the floor from cleaning surfaces.

You should also clean task by task instead of room by room. It is easier and will save you time in the long run. Polishing counters? Take the polish with you to each room that needs it instead of cleaning everything in one room and then moving to the next.

    To help you out, below is a cleaning checklist of every room you may have in your home that should be included when you are cleaning. Refer to this if you are unsure, but remember that any and all areas should be cleaned.


– interior and exterior of fridge and oven

– interior and exterior of cabinets

– stove vent

– sink and faucet

– backsplash

– interior and exterior of microwave

– hanging lights

– countertops

– walls

– light switches

– floors

– windows/window sills


– walls

– windows/window sills

– carpets

– inside closet

– vents

– light switches


– tub/shower and faucets

– sink and faucet

– interior and exterior of cabinets

– vents

– mirrors

– walls/window sills

– light switches

– floors

– windows


– walls

– windows/window sills

– floors

– fireplace

– vents

– light switches


– baseboards

– doors

– doorframes

– garage

– stairs

– railings

– lights

– basement

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Frequently Asked Questions

Can I cancel any time?

There are never contracts or obligations when working with InsideOut Cleaning. You can cancel an appointment at any time. The only thing we ask is if you have to reschedule for any reason, let us know at least 48 hours in advance. There is a $60 cancellation fee for cancellations that occur 48 hours before the arrival time of the appointment.

What happens if I’m not happy with my cleaning?
If something is not done to your expectations, please let us know. We’ll send a team out to make it right (within a 7 day window). If and only after our re-clean is completed – you’re still not happy with our service, we offer a full refund.
How long will it take to clean my house?
The time needed for a home cleaning can vary based on many factors. These include the condition and size of the home, extras, and which team we send since some cleaners clean faster than others.
How do I book a cleaning service?

You can go to our Book Now page and book directly online or you can give us a call and someone at the office will book it for you.

How many people will arrive to clean my home?

The size of the team we send may vary. Most of our teams are teams of two people. Depending on the size of the job we may send a team as small as one or as large as three depending on the requirements. If you feel you require a team of a certain size, please request that in the comments for the booking or call and let us know. We’ll always do our best to accommodate.

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