Some military families tend to shy away from living off post because they fear how unpredictable certain housing fees outside of a military base can be. But living on post has its hidden cost too. And yes, we are talking about the notoriously high move-out cleaning fee. Although we all subconsciously know about the possibility of having to pay this fee if we want to get our security deposit back, it creeps in at the busiest time of our lives amidst a move to another place. The good news is that this fee can often be avoided, and we will tell you how. Your security deposit is not lost yet!
While private homeowners can work with you to bend the rules a little bit, military housing has strict policies to follow to make it fair for all service members. So, be aware well ahead of your move-out date what exactly will be expected of you in terms of getting the house spotless. Request a departure inspection checklist from your housing office to guide you. Generally speaking, deep cleaning of the house or apartment is required. And such deep cleaning requires time and should not be left to the last minute. Instead, carefully plan out each step that you need to tackle.
You have two options—hiring professional cleaners or doing the clean up on your own. The price of a move-out cleaning fee depends on location, size of the house, and what needs to be cleaned, as well as the level of cleaning required. On average, cleaning costs can come up to $400 if hiring professionals, however bigger houses or certain locations will cost more. If you are extremely busy, then hiring a reputable company may just be the right thing for you. Read online reviews before you choose whom to trust and provide the cleaning company with an inspection checklist to ensure they meet the standards.
If you decide that you would like to save the money and do the work yourself, follow our tips that will put you on the right path. Anticipate that well-done cleaning may take several days.
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