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Understanding Vacancy Cleaning Service Prices: Why They're Worth Every Penny

"Understanding the Costs and Effort Behind Vacancy Cleaning Services"


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1. Introduction Vacancy Cleaning Service

Many people need to pay more attention to the amount of time and work involved in vacancy cleaning. While regular house cleanings may seem straightforward, vacancy cleanings require extra time, attention to detail, and thoroughness. Since 2011, we've honed our skills in cleaning various residential spaces, encompassing homes, apartments, condos, and more. Our primary specialization is vacancy cleaning, where we diligently uphold our core principles. It's with great enthusiasm that we share our extensive knowledge and hands-on expertise, providing you with a comprehensive understanding of the meticulous vacancy cleaning process. This article will explore why vacancy cleaning prices are higher than recurring cleaning services. So, if you are considering a vacancy cleaning and want to understand the pricing better, keep reading!

2. Cabinets: Cleaning Inside and Out.

Vacancy cleaning goes beyond a mere dusting of the cabinet exteriors. It involves deep-cleaning the insides as well. Imagine the number of cabinets in your home—not just in the kitchen but also in the bathrooms, closets, bedrooms, and even the garage. It is a significant task that requires meticulous effort. However, it is essential to note that if any cabinets have glued on, their removal or replacement falls under the owner/tenant's responsibility. Trust me, we have tried different techniques to remove liners from glued on, and none of them work. We highly recommend using liners that appear more like ace mats that can be custom-cut to the dimensions of the inside cabinet area you wish to cover. These can be easily removed once worn down beyond their useful life.

3. Appliances: The Time-Consuming Challenge

Vacancy cleaning also entails giving attention to various appliances. Each requires thorough cleaning, from stoves to refrigerators, microwaves, and dishwashers. Grease build-up on a furnace can be daunting, sometimes even taking up to two hours to tackle! Similarly, refrigerators may need an hour to clean inside and out. In some cases, they might even require moving to access the floor underneath. These tasks demand time and effort, justifying the higher price. If you have the time and energy and decide to tackle some cleaning yourself, this guide on how to clean your dishwasher can get you started.

4. Floors: The Delicate Endeavor

Regarding tile or wood floors, vacancy cleaning can be a labor-intensive process. Multiple passes may be necessary for heavily soiled floors to achieve the desired cleanliness. Grout lines often require thorough scrubbing and attention as well. Wood floors demand extra care. The process is meticulous, from sweeping and vacuuming to using specialized wood cleaners, drying, and applying a protective polish. However, it is crucial to remember that if a floor is visually scratched and faded, this restoration work is beyond the scope of a house cleaning company. Consulting a qualified floor restoration expert is essential if your floors require restoration.

5. Why else are Vacancy Cleanings Pricier?

Now that we have explored the primary and most time-consuming tasks involved, let us further address other activities and reasons why vacancy cleanings tend to cost more:

1. Larger Surface Area:

Vacant homes have more areas to clean, as furniture and personal items are absent. This means additional time and effort are required to thoroughly clean every nook and cranny.

2. Intensive Floor Cleaning:

Floors, especially those neglected or covered by furniture, may need extra passes and meticulous scrubbing. This increases the overall cleaning time and justifies the higher price.

6. Management company expectations.

Clean every nook and cranny thoroughly vacancy cleaning for properties managed by a management company; specific additional items demand thorough cleaning. With our extensive experience working alongside property management companies since 2011, we have gained a deep understanding of their expectations for a meticulously cleaned unit. We will highlight the crucial details that require extra time and effort compared to a standard house cleaning service request.

7. Baseboards.

Unveiling the Hidden Spaces With the furniture and other belongings moved out, all the baseboards become visible and need attention. Take a moment to look around your place and notice how much of the baseboards are visible and accessible. While regular cleaning services typically address the visible and reachable areas, the rest often go untouched. We ensure that all baseboards are thoroughly cleaned during a vacancy cleaning, making the entire space pristine.

8. Walls, Doors, and Frames.

Refreshing the canvas, similar to baseboards, walls, doors, and frames, requires special attention during vacancy cleaning. Management companies usually apply a fresh coat of paint before new tenants move in. However, the walls must be dust-free and have removable stains before painting. Cleaning and dusting walls can vary in time, ranging from a couple of hours for smaller spaces to several hours for larger houses that have yet to receive regular upkeep. We take the necessary time to prepare the walls perfectly for the paint job.

9. Windows and Blinds: Delicate Cleaning Challenges

While most professional house cleaning companies clean blinds and windows, specialized expertise is rare. Nevertheless, we do our best to address these items when they are on the cleaning list. Window shutters are usually straightforward to clean correctly. However, challenges arise when it comes to mini blinds or vertical blinds. The accumulated dirt and grime on these blinds can be stubborn, and attempting to remove them forcefully can lead to breakage. Cleaning a single set of blinds from one window can take up to 30 minutes, and when you multiply that by multiple locations throughout an apartment, it quickly adds up to hours. This further explains why the cost of a vacancy cleaning service is higher and is justified. If you have the time and patience to tackle cleaning your blinds, this other article will provide some helpful tips to get it done right.

10. Consider Cleaning Yourself.

If you have the time and energy and hope to save on the expense of hiring a housekeeping service, we have this detailed checklist of some items that will need cleaning upon your move-out.

Consider tackling some of the cleaning yourself and leaving other areas to clean for the cleaning crew you hire. Some time-consuming areas that raise the cost of cleaning services include kitchen appliance cleaning and kitchen cabinet de-greasing.

Look at our kitchen cabinet cleaning article to help you breeze the cleaning process. We also have this in-depth article to assist you if you can clean your oven. Either way, if you complete some of the cleanings yourself, the cost to hire a cleaning company to finish the remainder will be less.

11. Conclusion

In conclusion, Vacancy cleaning services offer comprehensive cleaning for homes between occupants. These services go above and beyond regular cleanings from cabinets to appliances and floors. The higher price reflects the additional effort, time, and attention to detail required to achieve a pristine result. So, the next time you receive a quote for vacancy cleaning, you can now appreciate the reasons behind the cost. If you have any doubts or questions, feel free to contact us, and we can provide you with a quote custom-tailored to your specific situation. Remember, quality comes at a price, and with our expertise and meticulous approach, your vacant home will be in tip-top shape in no time!


"For in-depth information about one-time vacancy or recurring cleaning services for your apartment, condo, house, or workplace, don't hesitate to contact us to schedule a complimentary consultation. Remember that the cleaning industry is dynamic, with staffing fluctuations and varying workloads, so availability for your specific request might change over time. "


12. Questions & Answers


Why are vacancy cleaning prices generally higher than recurring cleaning services?


Vacancy cleaning prices are usually higher than recurring cleaning services due to the additional time, effort, and attention to detail required for vacant homes. Vacancy cleanings involve deep-cleaning tasks beyond the regular maintenance of a lived-in space, making them more labor-intensive and time-consuming.



What are some of the specific tasks involved in vacancy cleaning that contribute to the higher cost?


Specific tasks involved in vacancy cleaning that contribute to the higher cost include deep-cleaning the insides of cabinets, giving thorough attention to various appliances, and meticulously cleaning floors, especially grout lines and wood floors.



How does the absence of furniture and personal items in vacant homes affect cleaning?


The lack of furniture and personal items in vacant homes creates a larger surface area to clean, as every nook and cranny becomes accessible. This necessitates extra time and effort to clean the entire space thoroughly.



What are the challenges and time-consuming aspects of cleaning appliances during vacancy cleaning?


Cleaning appliances during vacancy cleaning can be time-consuming due to the need to thoroughly clean stoves, refrigerators, microwaves, dishwashers, and even furnaces. Grease build-up and the need to clean inside and out can add to the overall cleaning time.



Why is intensive floor cleaning necessary for vacancy cleaning, especially for tile or wood floors?


Intensive floor cleaning is essential for vacancy cleaning, particularly for tile or wood floors, as multiple passes and meticulous scrubbing may be required to achieve the desired level of cleanliness. Grout lines and wood floors demand extra care and specialized cleaning products.



How do management company expectations impact the scope and thoroughness of vacancy cleaning services?


Management company expectations can affect the e and thoroughness of vacancy cleaning services. With properties managed by a management company, additional items such as baseboards, walls, doors, frames, and windows may require thorough cleaning. These expectations add to the cleaning time and justify the higher price for vacancy cleaning services.

13. About the Author

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