The Complete Move Out Cleaning Checklist

When you’re moving out of a rental, you want to make sure you leave the place clean for the next tenant. But what does that actually mean? This comprehensive checklist will help ensure you don’t miss a thing when cleaning your old place.

Kitchen

  • Wipe down all surfaces, including countertops, backsplashes, cabinets, and appliances
  • Clean the stove top, oven, and hood
  • Empty and clean all cabinets and drawers
  • Deep clean the fridge, inside and out
  • Sweep and mop the floor

Bathrooms

  • Scrub all surfaces, including toilets, showers, tubs, vanities, and backsplashes
  • Clean mirrors and chrome fixtures
  • Sweep and mop the floor

Bedrooms

  • Dust all surfaces, including furniture, light fixtures, and windowsills
  • Vacuum carpets
  • Sweep and mop hard floors

Living areas

  • Dust all surfaces, including furniture, light fixtures, and windowsills
  • Vacuum carpets and area rugs
  • Sweep and mop hard floors
  • Empty all closets, shelves, and cabinets

Outdoors

  • Sweep the porch or deck
  • Wash any outdoor furniture
  • Clean up after any pets

Miscellaneous

  • Replace any burned out light bulbs
  • Remove all trash and recycling
  • Wipe down doors, door frames, and light switches
  • Clean windows, inside and out
  • Vacuum vents and baseboards

Following this checklist will help you get your deposit back, and ensure that the next tenant has a clean slate. Happy moving!

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