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Make-Ready Cleaning VS. Move-Out Cleaning: What Is The Difference?

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Plenty of Texas cleaning services will say that they provide a make-ready cleaning service as one of their available cleaning services or packages.

But do they actually offer a make-ready service that will leave your home clean?

To answer this question we will need to understand what a make-ready service actually is and then distinguish what a simple move out cleaning is. There is quite a big difference when comparing the two to one another. Then, once we have that information we will put them against each other in a fair boxing match. When you reach the end of the blog post you will be able to knock the imposter cleaning companies to the side while you find the cleaning service you've been trying to find!

  • A make-ready service is typically used in apartment rentals, any kind of housing rentals, and in offices with cleaning and repairs included.

  • A move out cleaning is performed anywhere a cleaning can take place and is top-to-bottom cleaning. You can learn more about the move-in/move-out cleaning services we offer at Homeer.

Below we will discuss the differences between a make-ready service and a move out cleaning service. This way when hearing that a cleaning service offers a make-ready package and a move out cleaning package you will be able to know the differences between the two and make the decision on which best fit your cleaning needs.

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    Let's see what we can find out about a make-ready service

    What Is A Make-Ready Service and Does My Apartment Need It?

    A make-ready service is a true one-stop shop when it comes to apartments, home rentals, and offices. The main objective is to get anything and everything is taken care of maintenance wise and have your place looking brand new and remain problem-free for as long as possible. The services provided with a make-ready team are general maintenance, tub resurfacing, wall repairs, painting, flooring, any preventative maintenance, and a final cleaning. That's a lot of different stages to complete and a lot of different services to be performed to get the apartment, home rental, or office back to its original again.

    All apartment complexes will need some sort of maintenance at the time a tenant moves out. There is a lot that needs to be done in order to get that apartment back to brand new again and before the next tenant moves in. This is where a make-ready service comes in handy. They will be able to come in and fix anything that might need to be fixed and do all repairs. They try and get the place back to brand new again. This helps prevent any future problems the apartment might have and ensures that everything is in tip-top shape. After repairs are finished they will do a final cleaning. This leaves no work for the apartment people before the next move in.

    A make-ready service will be performing real maintenance work

    Many apartments will use a make-ready service all in all instead of having a maintenance team and a cleaning team on staff. This helps save time and stress that any apartment manager might face when having to deal with a big staff. It also ensures that the apartment is receiving the highest quality of maintenance when it comes to repairs, cleaning, and preventative repairs.

    But, the important thing to note here that your apartment likely doesn't require you take care of the repairs. Which means that a move-out cleaning service will be the type of cleaning you need 99% of the time.

    What Is Provided With A Make-Ready Service

    In this section, we will be discussing what a make-ready service provides from start to finish on an apartment or for any rental. All make-ready teams will have a unique checklist to follow in order to meet all of the property rental's needs.

    Step 1: The Initial Inspection of What Needs To Be Replaced or Cleaned

    For the first step, the make-ready team will need to do a proper inspection to see what needs to be done and to get rid of any unwanted trash or items that might have been left behind. This needs to be done in order to have a clean area to do any and all maintenance required. They will mark down on a checklist all of the places and appliances that need attention.

    A make-ready service will make sure that all locks are replaced and are properly working

    Step 2: Replace The Locks On All Doors

    The next step that needs to be performed is replacing or changing all of the locks on the doors. This is very important and is required with every apartment move-out unless otherwise directed. This just ensures that nobody has made a copy of the key and can re-enter the apartment. This guarantees that the new tenants are 100% safe and secured in their new apartment home.

    Step 3: General Maintenance

    After knowing what all needs to be repaired, the make-ready team will then begin with some general repairs that might need to be taken place. These general repairs could be:

    • Replacing the blinds or shutters

    • Replace any light fixtures or lightbulbs

    • Repair any leaks

    • Replace doors if needed

    • Caulk all windows, sinks, countertops, and bathtubs

    • Make sure all light switches and plugs have a cover and are working

    • Replace cabinet and drawers knobs if needed

    • Repair drawers and cabinets

    • Fix or replace any smoke alarms

    • Fix any other small items that are in the apartment if needed

    After doing all of the general maintenance the make-ready team will be able to do any final big repairs if needed.

    Resurfacing your bathtub will leave it looking brand new

    Step 4: Tub Resurface

    Nearly all apartment complexes come with some sort of bathtub. This will sometimes require either a full bathtub replacement or a tub resurfacing. Resurfacing the bathtub is an efficient way to restore your tub to looking brand new without the extreme costs.

    This is also the time to replace any faucets or showerheads if necessary. Make sure that everything is at full water pressure and can get hot and cold when changed.

    Step 5: Wall Repair

    Now the make-ready service can begin repairing any drywall that needs to be fixed. This can be areas where things were hung on the wall or areas that might have damage from doors or other abuse. Repairing any issues with the drywall is a must when trying to get the apartment back to brand new again. This will make sure to leave every wall looking new without any eyesores.

    Step 6: Repainting The Apartment

    Next, the make-ready service can go ahead and begin to paint. This includes:

    • All ceilings

    • Walls

    • Crown molding

    • Any other small details

    After painting it is a great time to do a second inspection of the apartment. This will help determine if everything looks visually brand new before moving on to the rest of the steps.

    Replacing your flooring can make a huge difference in the way your home will appear to others.

    Step 7: Repair or Replace Flooring

    One of the last major repairs that need to be done is repairing and replacing the floors. Most apartment flooring will consist of either hardwood, carpet, tile, vinyl, linoleum, or stained concrete. The make-ready team will take any photos of flooring that needs repairs and will let the property agent decide if they want it repaired or completely replaced. No matter what the condition is, they will be able to make it brand new again.

    Step 8: Preventative Maintenance On All Appliances

    This is a very important step in the make-ready process. The goal of this step is to eliminate and fix any problems on all appliances to help prevent any further maintenance. The appliances to be checked are:

    • Refrigerator

    • Microwave

    • Oven

    • Garbage disposal

    • Dishwasher

    • Washing machine

    • Dryer

    • Heater and air conditioner

    • All ventilation works

    • All bathroom fans work

    • Hot water heater

    Repairs need to be done on all appliances.

    Most make-ready service companies will have people who specialize in repairing these types of appliances. They will also have a certified HVAC in order to ensure that the air conditioner and heater are in perfect working order. Each appliance will be looked at, tested, and repaired if needed. This will help prevent any further maintenance moving forward with the new tenant.

    Step 9: Final Move-In/Move-Out Cleaning

    The last step is to do a final move-out cleaning. The make-ready service will have a team of professional cleaners who will be able to take care of all cleaning needs. The move-out cleaning will be a complete top to bottom cleaning leaving the place sparkly clean.

    Once the move-out clean is performed, then the apartment should be 100% ready for new tenants to move in. This leaves little to no stress on the property manager when all said and done.

    Homeer can have your home ready to move out of in no time.

    What Is Included In A Move-Out Cleaning Service?

    Let's face it, moving sucks. You first have to start packing everything up. This can take weeks if you have a lot of personal items! Then you have to get everything out of your old home. This not only takes time but it takes a lot of strength and energy. After all that, you then have to clean your entire home before you can leave. This is the last thing that you are going to want to do after you just packed everything up and moved it out. A proper move-out cleaning can take a full day or longer if you don't have the right cleaning supplies and knowledge of how to clean the best way possible. This is where a move-out cleaning service would come in handy.

    A move-out cleaning service will be able to provide the exact cleaning your home needs in order to get you out and into your new home hassle-free. This takes the stress away from you and gives you a little time to relax before you move your things into your new place.

    With every move-out cleaning a team of professional cleaners will come in and makes sure your home is cleaned from top to bottom. They will have the proper cleaning supplies and tools needed to get your home back to 100% again. you will not have to provide anything unless wanted. Have hard water stains on all faucets? No problem. The professional move-out cleaning team will have them looking brand new again in a matter of minutes.

    A move-out cleaning service will take care of all your cleaning needs

    With your move-out cleaning, you can book for just a one time service or you can continue to use the same cleaning service for your new home. After your move-out cleaning is finished, then you are ready to move into your new home. This might not be the case if your last owners did not do a proper move-out home cleaning before leaving. This is why it is so important to use a move-out cleaning service to get all your cleaning needs taken care of before leaving your old home. No need to worry! We will be able to perform a move in cleaning that will get your home perfect for you to move into.

    What Is Provided With a Move-Out Cleaning Service

    A move-out cleaning will cover more areas than your basic, signature cleaning. A move-out cleaning is performed to help your home become new again. It will ensure to get every nook and cranny dust and dirt free, leaving it sparkly clean.

    This is what is to be expected when choosing a move-out cleaning service:

    • Professionally trained cleaners all background checked and insured

    • 24-hour satisfaction guarantee

    • All supplies provided

    • A schedule that works best for you

    • Can be just a one-time cleaning or you can choose a recurring for your new home

    At Homeer our team members are all 100% background checked and trained

    When selecting a move-out cleaning service it is very important that you understand and know what you are getting. This way if there was anything special that you might need, your cleaning crew will be able to take care of those needs as best as possible.

    Listed below are the areas to be cleaned when selecting a move-out cleaning service:

    Bedrooms

    • Pick up all trash.

    • Clean hard-to-reach cobwebs.

    • Clean curtain rods.

    • Clean ceiling fans.

    • Clean window sills and glass.

    • Dust furniture and decorations if needed.

    • Empty garbage

    • Clean crown-molding.

    • Clean light switches and doorknobs.

    • Clean tracks of windows.

    • Wet clean all baseboards.

    • Remove hard-water build-up where needed

    • Clean inside drawers and cabinets

    • Clean inside appliances

    • Clean dust from air vents

    • Clean wall and door scuff marks

    • Vacuum and mop floor.

    Bathrooms

    • Pick up all trash.

    • Clean hard-to-reach cobwebs.

    • Clean curtain rods.

    • Clean ceiling fans.

    • Clean window sills and glass.

    • Dust furniture and decorations if needed

    • Clean front of cabinets and handles.

    • Clean sink counters and soap dish.

    • Remove hard water spots on showers, bathtubs, and faucets

    • Clean tub/shower and tile.

    • Clean the entire toilet.

    • Tidy area, fold towels, etc…

    • Clean crown-molding.

    • Clean light switches and doorknobs.

    • Clean tracks of windows.

    • Wet clean all baseboards.

    • Clean inside drawers and cabinets

    • Clean inside appliances

    • Clean dust from air vents

    • Clean wall and door scuff marks

    • Empty garbage

    • Vacuum and mop floor.

    Kitchens

    • Pick up all trash.

    • Clean hard-to-reach cobwebs.

    • Clean curtain rods.

    • Clean ceiling fans.

    • Clean window sills and glass.

    • Clean front of cabinets and handles.

    • Clean hood vent.

    • Clean outside of all appliances.

    • Clean inside of the microwave.

    • Clean backsplash, counters, and sink.

    • Clean crown-molding.

    • Clean light switches and doorknobs.

    • Clean tracks of windows.

    • Wet clean all baseboards.

    • Remove hard-water build up.

    • Tidy area, fold towels, clean dishes if needed, etc…

    • Dust furniture and decorations if needed.

    • Clean inside drawers and cabinets

    • Clean inside appliances

    • Clean dust from air vents

    • Clean wall and door scuff marks

    • Empty garbage

    • Vacuum and mop floor.

    Common Areas

    • Pick up all trash.

    • Clean hard-to-reach cobwebs.

    • Clean curtain rods.

    • Clean ceiling fans.

    • Clean window sills and glass.

    • Dust furniture and decorations if needed.

    • Clean crown-molding.

    • Clean light switches and doorknobs.

    • Clean tracks of windows.

    • Wet clean all baseboards.

    • Remove hard-water build-up

    • Clean inside drawers and cabinets

    • Clean inside appliances

    • Clean dust from air vents

    • Clean wall and door scuff marks

    • Empty garbage.

    • Vacuum and mop floor.

    That's a whole lot of cleaning to do!

    As you can see, move-out cleaning literally means top to bottom. There should be nothing left in your home untouched. Every inch should be cleaned properly to ensure that your home is ready for new people to move in. If you are in a rental and have an oven, refrigerator, microwave, and stove then these will also be important areas for your cleaning crew to get cleaned properly. All of your appliances will be looking great and will be ready for new people to use. When the move-out cleaning is finished the job might not quite be over yet. Now it is important to have your new home just as clean before moving in. No need to worry. The cleaning crew will be able to perform the same cleaning but in a move in package to make your new home looking great before you move in.

    Cleaning Companies That Claim To Be A Make-Ready Cleaning Service

    Now that you have a good idea of what a make-ready service is and all of the things that they provide and a good idea of a move-out cleaning service and what they provide, you will be able to choose which one fits your needs better upon moving. Do your research though!

    Watch out for false advertising!

    You will find that a lot of companies claim to be a make-ready service but all they provide is your standard move-out cleaning. They do not provide any maintenance whatsoever. A good example of this is Karen's Make-Ready Services. They claim to be a make-ready service but all they provide is proper cleaning. They do not provide any maintenance. Even their name has make-ready service in it and they still aren't a make-ready service.

    Another cleaning company that claims their service as a make-ready is West Texas Commercial Cleaning. They say that they offer a make-ready service but only clean. Sounds like a cleaning service that is trying to trick you into booking with them.

    At Homeer we only claim to be a cleaning service. We never say or offer any sort of make-ready. We will be happy to recommend a local service if that is what you are looking for. If you are looking for a cleaning service or a move-out cleaning service in particular, then you are in the right place.

    Trust Homeer with your move-out cleaning today

    Homeer is here to take care of all your move-in/move-out cleaning needs. We will make sure to have your entire home cleaned from top to bottom without any quotes or changes to prices. We offer a flat-rate price based on the number of bedrooms and bathrooms and the package you select. If you select our move-out package, then you will be getting every inch of your home cleaned properly. This will include all appliances as well. We will never once claim to do something and not go through with it. So book with Homeer today to have all of your move-out cleaning hassles taken care of.

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