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Your Ultimate Guide On Move-Out Cleaning – Everything You Need To Know

End of tenancy day looms near but there’s just too much clutter around the house. Sure, you can clean the place on your own to prepare for move-out, but procrastination is every man’s best friend and you probably already have lots to pack. Worst of all, that deposit you’d hoped of getting back is just sinking deeper into your landlord’s pockets.

In Singapore, it is normal for a basic tenancy agreement to include returning the house to the landlord in its original state. But how do you return it to its original state when you’ve already lived there for a period of time? 

While you probably can’t ensure that the property is as good as new, there are ways you can secure your deposit in full and have a pleasant handover.

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What is End-Of-Tenancy or Move-Out Cleaning?

An end-of-tenancy clean falls under specialised deep cleaning services, where a team of cleaners are highly trained and well-equipped to clean your home thoroughly. It also covers a greater scope as compared to general cleaning, including tasks such as wiping down the interior of cupboards and cleaning of ceiling fans and normal light fixtures. 

At Helpling, we send 2-3 cleaners for each specialised cleaning session. That includes a supervisor who oversees the entire session. Our meticulous team also ensures that their tasks are accounted for and approved by you before getting to work.

It can be tough to stay on top of the cleaning session in between packing and moving out. So, here are some you should take note of.

Commonly overlooked areas when cleaning on your own:

  1. Interior of cabinets and drawers

Clean at first glance but upon closer inspection, it’s easy to miss the mould and dust in the tiny crevices. Plus, wiping them down with an overly wet cloth can damage the finish of these surfaces and cause bumps.

  1. Interior of kitchen appliances

Ranked number 9 in the top 10 dirtiest household items, the interior of kitchen appliances are tough to clean and wipe as oil is insoluble in water. Many would recommend white vinegar but it’s not necessarily the best. Not only does it corrodes the metal and rubber in these appliances, but it also doesn’t help remove the bad odours at all.

  1. Ceilings

People miss the things right under their noses but they also often miss out on what is above their heads. The ceiling is beyond the feather duster’s reach but dust and little critters are often present in these places.

  1. Floors

You might think that the stronger the chemical, the cleaner and shinier your floor will be. But did you know that you run the risk of damaging the floor by using chemicals that are too strong? Use the right chemicals for your type of flooring and you’ll be able to get a clean and shiny floor with just a simple mop. 

Overwhelmed by all the things to take note of? Don’t worry, you don’t have to do it yourself. With our move-out cleaning service, you can leave the property in our good hands and come back to a cleaned place, ready for handover.

What does our end-of-tenancy cleaning include?

To give you a rough idea of what you’re paying for, here are some of the things included in our end-of-tenancy cleaning. But every house is different, so depending on your requirements, the areas covered might differ accordingly.

Living spaces

  • Wiping of all surfaces
  • Wiping of air-con exterior
  • Cleaning of window interiors, frames, and sill
  • Wiping of cabinet interiors and shelves (if empty)
  • Cleaning of ceiling fans and normal light fixtures
  • Vacuuming and mopping of floor area


  • Wiping of all surfaces (including cabinets, sinks, dining tables, and walls)
  • Cleaning of kitchen appliances (including interior and exterior of refrigerator, stove, cooker hood, and hob)
  • Disposal of garbage and replacement of garbage bags
  • Vacuuming and mopping of floor area
  • Cleaning of washing machine


  • Cleaning of all surfaces (including toilet bowls, bathtub and/or shower areas, glass surfaces and mirrors, basin and tap, ventilation fan, floor and drains, wall tiles and door)
  • Tidying of racks and drawers (exterior)
  • Disposal of garbage and replacement of garbage bags


  • Cleaning of all surfaces (including air-con exterior, window interior, frames and sill, ceiling fans and normal light fixtures, cabinet interiors and exteriors, shelves)
  • Tidying of racks and drawers (exterior)
  • Disposal of garbage and replacement of garbage bags
  • Vacuuming and mopping of floor area

Why choose Helpling?

There are so many options in the market, why choose Helpling to get the job done? Our satisfied customers choose us again and again because of our:

  1. Quick response

Whether you need quotations or rescheduling of cleaning (very common due to unconfirmed handover dates), the team at Helpling are systematic and efficient. Our team is reachable via WhatsApp and through our very own Helpling app. In fact, you can make and manage your bookings with just your smartphone!

  1. Provision of appropriate equipment

For specialised move-out cleaning, our team is equipped with all the necessary tools to clean every nook and cranny that you’re likely to miss. For that reason, you can save the hassle and pack those cleaning supplies right into your moving box.

  1. Wide range of add-ons at competitive prices

With Helpling, you can find all the services you need under one roof. No more stressing over sourcing for different contractors and getting multiple quotes! Plus, we provide you with a cleaning invoice after the session so you can present everything clearly to your landlord.

  1. Reliability and quality

It can be difficult to choose the best cleaning service at the most appealing price. What sets Helpling apart is our price – we charge by square footage and cover everything from manpower to a flexible cleaning duration. Moreover, our team ensures that you are pleased with the cleaning service before departing from your home, so you’re paying us to get the job done and check off all your boxes.

Handing over your apartment to your landlord doesn’t have to be stressful nor full of hiccups. Don’t risk losing your rental deposit just because the property isn’t clean enough. With our experienced team of trained helpers, we’ll ensure the property is clean and ready for a smooth handover.

Want to try our services for yourself? Drop us a WhatsApp to find out more or request a quote. Book now to enjoy $40 off any of our specialised cleaning services.

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