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You and the owner may differ on your terms of a clean home, so ask the landlord what he or she expects from you on keeping things clean, and how to leave the house when you depart.

"Ask landlords if they have their own cleaning service and what the fee is," de Belloy says. "You may just want to pay that amount instead of cleaning yourself. The last thing you want to do on your final vacation day is spend three hours cleaning the floors and later find out the owner says they weren't cleaned well."

He also says it's worth negotiating checkout policies, especially if it's during the off season or the house is not in a hot spot. "If there's not a lot of turnover, ask if you can have till 5 p.m. instead of a noon checkout, and have the cleaning crew come the next day. That way, you have more time to pack and extend your vacation time," de Belloy says.


 

 

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