helping you through the house-selling process

Selling real estate can be just as much work as buying. There are so many things to worry about as you prepare your home to list on the market. Then you have to worry about the real estate agent you will hire to help you get the house sold. After that, you have to worry about who will be coming in to tour your home throughout the week. Will you hold an open house? Do you take the first reasonable offer you are presented with? Our blog was designed to assist you through the selling process a little bit easier.

3 Tips For Cleaning A Single-Family Rental Home Before Moving Out


The type of property that you decide to rent can have a major impact on the amount of your security deposit. While some apartments run promotions for no security deposit at all, you can expect a single-family home to charge an entire month's rent for the deposit. It is a reasonable number because an apartment usually only involves the inside, but a house includes the inside and the outside.

If you live in a single-family home and plan on moving out soon, you should make plans for house cleaning as a way to get your security deposit back and to impress the landlord.

Do Not Get the Deepest Carpet Cleaning Package

It is important to take pictures, or even videos of the rental property before you move in. Having documentation of the condition that it was in will help you avoid any legal troubles. The carpet is likely to receive the most wear and tear out of anything in the rental, but this is to be expected.

Since carpet wear is normal, you are not responsible for its cleaning. However, you can eliminate the chance of being declared responsible for excessive wear and tear by getting it cleaned before moving out. The deepest carpet cleaning package should not be necessary to reach this level of cleanliness.

DIY or Professional House Cleaning

It is up to you to decide whether you want to clean the house on your own or get professional cleaning. House cleaning is not a complicated process, you just need time, patience, and cleaning products. A full cleaning can run you around $190 to $240, whereas doing it yourself is only $20 to $30 or so.

Both of these options are cheaper and more reliable than letting the landlord get the work done, mainly because you are in control of how much you spend on DIY cleaning and professional cleaning.

Rent a Pressure Washer

Cleaning the outside of a single-family home is a tedious task, especially if you try to do it by hand. A pressure washer will not only make this process go by quicker, but it will do it better as well. Although you could buy your own, all you need to do is rent a pressure washer for a few hours to get the job done.

When you have a whole month's worth of rent on the line for your security deposit, you should take advantage of these tips to increase your chances of getting it all back after you move out.

To learn more, contact a company like ABA Rental Properties Inc


2 February 2016