If you are getting ready to move out of DTLA, you might be thinking about cleaning your loft before you hand it back to your landlord. Here are a few things you should know before you request a move out cleaning.
Check your lease: Read your lease or speak to your landlord to see what your requirements are when you vacate your loft or office. Your lease might include a clause defining who is responsible for cleaning before you leave. In most cases, the landlord will do a move out clean. Leaving a loft looking ‘lived in’ with ordinary wear and tear is perfectly reasonable. Getting a unit fully ready for the next tenant is the responsibility of the landlord.
Don’t worry about the windows: Windows get dirty and most older buildings in DTLA do not provide exterior window cleaning. Unless you glued or taped something to the windows, you shouldn’t worry about cleaning them. However, do focus on the window sills. Because of the heavy car traffic in DTLA, sills tend to accumulate dirty quickly.
Your microwave door handle: We have noticed that many DTLA units in some buildings have broken microwave door handles. The landlord will charge you for this repair all though it is very common and in our opinion the result of normal wear and tear. Our advice is to go to partswarehouse.com to find a replacement part since the landlord will charge the full cost of the microwave to replace a piece of plastic.
Move out on a budget: if you are responsible for the move out clean but want to do it on a budget, consider hiring a professional to focus on the harder items: kitchen, bathroom, oven, fridge. You can focus on the ‘easier’ areas such as living spaces and floors. It's still hard work but at least you get some help with the harder stuff. Oranges & Lemons offers an hourly service that can target specific areas to help you with your downtown move out cleaning.
Oranges & Lemons will miss you! You have been part of our community and we are sorry to see you go. We hope we have one last opportunity to work with you by providing a move out cleaning. We hope your new home will treat you well and perhaps someday you will return to the most unique community in the city.