Leaving your old home or apartment? There’s one thing you need to sort out first: cleaning the place. While this may be the list thing on your mind, it is something that you need to do in order to get back your deposit money. We know, it can be too much and time-consuming. That is why we have prepared a move out cleaning checklist, to make things easy and bearable for you.
Even if you are the owner of the house, you still need to keep your place as spotless as you can before leaving. If you’re not up for the task, you can give the checklist to the next tenant. If you are moving in to a new place, this may also serve as a move in cleaning checklist.
So what exactly is included in a move in and move out cleaning? Just follow this move out cleaning list and you will do great.
General Checklist for Move Out Cleaning
This covers all the basics, just the general cleaning you need that you may tend to overlook. Make sure you do these:
- Remove all the cobwebs.·
- Dust the ceiling and ceiling fixtures.
- Clean the baseboards and walls, and dust the ledges.
- Clean the windows, doors, and door knobs.
- Clean the outlets and light switches.
- Vacuum the carpets, or if there are any, remove the stains.
Home or Apartment Cleaning Checklist for the Bathroom
Now that you have covered the basics, it is time to focus on the bathrooms. When cleaning your bathroom, make sure you clean the following:
- Showers and bathtubs
- Toilets, sinks, countertops, and fixtures
- Mirrors, interior glass, ledges, blinds, and baseboards
- Inside and outside of cabinets and drawers
Do these to make your bathroom spotless:
- Vacuum out the exhaust fan to remove dust.
- Remove hair, dust, and other particles off the bathroom drawers, cabinets, and vanity.
- Clean all the mirrors and glass surfaces.
- If the toilet seat is too dirty to clean, it is better to replace it.
- Remove soap scum off the tub, shower, and bathroom tiles, and then brush and bleach the grout.
- Sweep and mop the hard surface floors, then vacuum the rugs and carpets.
Kitchen Cleaning Checklist
When cleaning your kitchen, make sure to include the following:
- Sinks and fixtures
- Stop top, countertops, and backsplash
- Cabinets and drawers, both inside and out
- The outside of large appliances, and the inside of oven, refrigerator, and microwave·
- Interior glass, baseboards, ledges, and blinds
Follow these easy procedures when cleaning:
- Move the stove and fridge and clean them down and around.
- Dust all the surfaces.
- Wash the outside of cabinets and clean out the inside.
- Disinfect the countertops.
- Degrease and polish the sinks and faucets.
- Scrub the refrigerator. It is easy if you remove the shelves first and then clean them separately.
- Use a steel tool when cleaning the oven. It is easier if you remove and separately clean the burners, drip pans, and shelving.
- Clean and dust the exhaust fan. Use vacuum, if needed.
- Clean out your dishwasher.
- Remove the appliances first so it is easier to sweep the area behind them.
Common Living Areas and Bedroom Cleaning Checklist
For these areas, make sure you do the following:
- Dust off the cobwebs.
- Dust the ceiling fangs and light fixtures.
- Dust the air vents.
- Clean the blinds, interior glass, and mirrors.
- Clean the outlet covers and light switches.
- Clean the baseboards, doors, and door frames.
- Dust and clean the molding and trim work.
- Vacuum the rugs and carpets.
- Sweep and mop the floors.
Garage Cleaning Checklist
For the garage, just remove all the stuff and leave it completely empty. Dust the nooks and corners and sweep.
Cleaning Checklist for Outside of House
It is important to keep the outside of the house clean as well. It impresses your landlord, as well as the new inhabitants. For this part, you need to do the following:
- Cut the grass in the lawn, front yard or backyard.
- Put out the weeds and remove any stuff lying around in the ground.
- If there are trees, remove any obstruction.
- Scrub the porch stairs.
Don’t leave anything behind
Make sure that you bring all your stuff. Triple check every nook and corner, the drawers, closets, storage areas, and cabinets.If you follow this home and apartment move out cleaning checklist, you will get your hard-earned deposit money. That is, if you have kept a good record as a tenant. Now all that is left to do is to say goodbye to your old, sweet home and move forward.