It's Not Your Job: Dealing With Move-Out Cleanup Detail

Managing an apartment complex that you own can be rewarding financially, but it can also be a drain on your time, particularly if you're handling several move-outs at once, such as at the end of a school year. Cleaning all of those apartments yourself can be exhausting, and even if you have a crew helping you, it can take a long time. Instead of putting yourself through that, turn management duties over to a residential property management company that has several teams of maintenance people. These teams can provide fast, consistent cleaning during the move-out rush.

Multiple Teams

One or two cleaning crews can take care of a certain number of apartments per day, but a large management company may have several teams that can take care of an entire building in one day. That gets your apartments ready for the next renters very quickly, and each is cleaned to the same standard. The entire process goes much more smoothly because you don't have to keep track of so many different cleaning and move-in dates (for the new tenant). All of it gets done in a short time.

No Effects on Your Schedule

Obviously, if you're not doing the cleaning, your schedule won't be affected at all. This can be a welcome break after years of having to set aside everything else to take care of cleaning apartments that might not have been in the best shape. You get to go about your day and let others handle the job.

This is especially good if you've just had a particularly troublesome tenant move out. Sometimes the apartments are left trashed after someone moved out, requiring more than just basic cleaning. If that happens, the management company will deal with it. All you'll have to do is approve invoices for new carpeting or whatever else is needed.

Record-Keeping and Billing

Speaking of invoices, if there are cleaning charges or deposit deductions, the management will also keep track of those. All of the work is taken out of your hands so that you really don't have to worry about the move-out cleaning process. You get to wait for additional payments to come in as new tenants move in and start paying rent.

If there are particular duties that you want to hang onto, you can certainly negotiate those into the contract between you and the management company. But think about how nice it will be to not have to schedule time to clean up after previous tenants.  

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