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Move Out Cleaning Checklist: A Sure-Fire Way to Get Your Deposit Back
Moving out doesn’t have to be an overwhelming experience. Staying organized, creating a plan, and being proactive will make the process smoother.
And once you have a plan for packing, moving, and storing all of your clothes, books, furniture, and kitchen supplies, it’s time to make a plan for deep cleaning.
Leaving a clean apartment or rental house will help you get every penny of your deposit back. But you don’t need to hire a professional cleaning service if you’re willing to put in some work yourself.
If you’re struggling to figure out exactly how to clean before moving, use this move out cleaning checklist.
1. Dust All Surfaces
From blinds to ceiling fans, take a few extra minutes to dust every surface in the apartment. You can use an old rag, sock, or a duster to reach every surface and clean it.
2. Wash Windows and Mirrors
Use a glass or window cleaner to remove any smudges or streaks on windows and mirrors. It takes minimal effort and makes a remarkable difference in how clean the apartment looks. If you can reach the outside of the windows, clean those too, but if not, it’s unlikely a landlord would expect you to have the outside clean.
3. Remove Nails and Tacks From Walls
Remove any evidence of nails, hooks, or tacks that were not present when you moved in. You may have to purchase some putty to fill in larger holes and apply a coat of paint.
Clean the walls with the appropriate cleaning products to remove any marks.
4. Clean the Floors
Whether it’s carpet or hardwood, the floors should be as clean as possible before you move out. Look for stains in the carpet and apply spot treatment according to the directions. For hardwood floors, vacuum and mop as the last thing you do before moving out, especially if you have pets.
5. Wipe the Cabinets and Fridge
In addition to diligent dusting, wipe down each shelf inside the refrigerator and cabinets. Take extra care with the fridge because there are often sticky substances hiding in drawers and door shelves.
6. Clean and Sanitize Tub and Sinks
Clean the tub and sink in the bathroom as well as the kitchen sink. Remove soap scum or other residue build-up and use a safe sanitizer to disinfect.
7. Clear Cobwebs
Sometimes you can find cobwebs in hard-to-reach places. Although you have probably avoided clearing them for a while, now is the time to get out the ladder and sweep them down. Check ceilings, fans, and windows for cobwebs and remove them with a towel, broom, or rag.
8. Clean Oven and Dishwasher
Thoroughly clean and scrub the inside and outside of the dishwasher and oven. There should be no evidence of leftover food. Oven cleaning products often have specific instructions, so make sure you follow them for your own safety. There are also all-natural cleaners like baking soda that do an excellent job of cleaning without strong chemicals’ harsh effects.
Move Out Cleaning Checklist – Check!
This move out cleaning checklist should get you started with preparing your rental home for your move. You can find other helpful moving checklists on our website.
Before you leave, take one more walkthrough of your rental home, checking for dirt, dust, hair, stains, or any other cleaning you may have forgotten. Chances are, if you notice it, the landlord will see, too!
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