Your Easy Move Out Cleaning Checklist
Are you planning to move soon? It doesn’t matter if you are ending a lease, or selling a home, it is important to leave your old house in a good (or acceptable) state. You can create a checklist to help you or your cleaners move out. To get their security deposit back, renters must do a thorough clean. Many landlords will require tenants to return their home in its original state before they allow them to move out. Sellers of a home may need to clean it before handing over the keys. Although a thorough cleaning is not required by law, sellers often do it when they move out.
What is on your move-out cleaning checklist?
The size and condition of your property will determine the scope of your move-out cleaning checklist. We have compiled a complete move out cleaning checklist for you to use as a guide.
Take away any personal property
Remove all personal property.
Vacuum your home. Vacuum stairs, closets, and any other difficult-to-reach places.
Wipe down and dust surfaces
Use an all-purpose cleaner, a roll or paper towel, and wipe down countertops in the kitchen, bathroom, and windowsills.
Keep your interior clean
Make sure to clean all cabinets. In the kitchen, cabinets can accumulate food crumbs and other residues from cooking products.
Stainless steel appliances can become stained and etched over time. Wipe down your fridge using an all-purpose spray, or vinegar and water. Make sure to clean out your microwave too.
Clean and scrub toilets, sinks and showers.
After you have finished dusting and vacuuming, take off your sleeves and work on the bathrooms. You should thoroughly clean all toilets, sinks, tubs, and bathtubs. Before moving out, it is important to thoroughly clean and scrub all toilets, bathtubs, sinks, and showers.
Clear out your closets
After you have cleared out all clothing and accessories, clean your closet shelves and hangers. After you’ve cleared out your clothes and accessories, vacuum the closet floors.
Take out wall anchors and nails that were screwed into walls
Unless your landlord or buyer asks you to leave nails, hooks, and anchors in the house’s walls, it is best to take out this hardware before you move out.
Repair holes in drywall
After removing all nails, hooks, and dry wall anchors from the wall, patch any unsightly holes. Consider hiring a professional handyman if you need to repair any drywall.
Paint can be used to touch up marks and scratches.
Go to the local paint store and pick up a small sample of paint that matches your wall before moving out. This paint can be used to cover any marks or scratches on walls. High-gloss paint can scratch faster than walls with matte finishes.
Clean the freezer and fridge.
Clean out the freezer and fridge of all remaining food and then start cleaning. Use a disinfectant spray to clean all surfaces. You should also get rid of any food crumbs.
Clean oven and stovetop
Stovetops are a common place where food residue can hide. Make sure you remove your gas range top and clean under all burners. You can also clean your oven with simple water-baking soda mixture. Make a paste with the baking soda and water. Apply it to the oven. You can also add vinegar.
After all surfaces are cleaned, give the floors a thorough mopping. Warm water and vinegar are a safe and simple way to clean your floors. You can also use a Swiffer sweeper and a wet towel to clean floors.
Do you need a cleaning service?
You have two options for cleaning your home: either you can do it yourself or hire a professional cleaner. It may be worthwhile to hire a professional cleaning service if you rent and your security deposit is dependent on it. Cleaning the property yourself may be the best option if you want to save money. People with children or a full-time job might not have the time to clean large properties. This is why it’s a good idea to hire a professional cleaning service.
When is the best time to move out?
Are you unsure when to deep clean your home? After all personal and furniture has been taken out, we recommend cleaning your home. This will allow you to get into every corner and crevice of your home and make cleaning easier. You won’t need to vacuum under rugs or other household items. Moving can also be messy, especially if there is dirt tracked in the house by you or your movers. It is a smart idea to clean the floors and surfaces once the movers have left and all your belongings are gone. Make sure you schedule your move at the least two days before your move-out deadline. This will allow you to give yourself plenty of time for cleaning the property before new residents move in.
Soon to be moved?
We recommend hiring professionals to do the heavy lifting so your next move is easier. Moving.com has a large network of reliable and reputable movers that makes it easy to find the right company for your job. You can be sure that all the relocation companies in our network have licensed insurance, so your move will go smoothly. All the best and happy moving!