move out charges

By Tenant

We are currently renting from Avalon in New Jersey, they have over 3000$ from us as a deposit. We are two adults living in this 2bed/2bath apartment (1000sqf). I always pride myself with keeping the apartment neat and clean. Regulary clean the windows, the fridge and oven etc. The apartment is in excellent shape. 

Our move out date is July 18 and we just had the first inspection of our apartment.  During this inspection, we were told that they will charge us 150$ for carpet cleaning, 300$ for "other damages" (not specified) and 1500$ for cleaning! I was planning on doing this myself, for it will be a simple job since the apartment is in such good shape, I was told that I would never be able to meet Avalon’s standards when it came to cleanliness. I think they are just out to keep as much of the deposit as they can. No cleaning company charges 1500$ to clean 1000sqf, right? I don’t know what we should do. I am afraid that if I clean the apartment myself, we will still be charged the 1500$ and that would really make me angry. Any suggestions on how to proceed? Can we argue these exorbitant charge for cleaning?
Please help!

Edited on: Friday, May 24th, 2013 12:09 pm

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