Checklist to a spotless house before moving out

When it comes to moving out, it is quite stressful to think about how to properly clean the property in order to get your security deposit back. You need to ensure that you get to move out as smoothly as possible without having any issues at all. But for this to be possible, you have to meet the expectations of your landlord. When a tenant moves out, the landlord usually prepares a checklist which you have to meet. This includes the condition of the property as well as some additional move-out obligations and procedures. But the very important factor is you should leave the property in good condition. The same condition before you moved in.

So after you give informing your landlord your intention to move out, you have to prepare a cleaning checklist to make sure that you leave the property spotless and tidy.

Here are the things you shouldn’t forget:

Cleaning the interior

When the property had furniture when you moved in, all furniture must be placed to its original position. Check all the drawers and shelves and remove all your belongings. Shelves and drawers must be emptied, and you should wipe and disinfect them afterwards. All the doors, windows and screens must also be wiped cleaned inside out. Make sure that all curtains that belong to the property must be washed clean before you re-hang it. Glass fixtures like mirrors must be cleaned with glass cleaner to enhance its condition. If the property has an air conditioner, make sure that the filter is washed and dried.

Floors and Walls

Carefully check all surfaces of the walls and floors and see if there are scratches and markings.  Even a small pencil mark or fingerprint must be removed. You can find cleaning products in the market that could remove these markings. You can also try creating your own cleaner by making a paste of baking soda and distilled vinegar. You can apply the paste on the wall stains and leave it overnight. 

When it comes to carpets and rugs, they should be vacuumed and steamed cleaned to remove stains. You may want to hire a professional carpet cleaning company to ensure deep and quality cleaning. Make sure to sweep all floor areas and pay attention to the spaces behind large appliances such as refrigerator, freezer, washing machine and dryer. These areas contain more dust and cobwebs. After sweeping, mop the floor using a disinfectant.


Among all the appliances in your kitchen, make sure to give high priority to your oven, stovetop or cooking range since this is the most used item in your kitchen. Using a mixture of baking soda and water can help remove grease and smudges. Also include cleaning the grills, racks and trays. There are also eco-friendly multi-purpose cleaners that can help get the job done efficiently. Make sure that all parts are functioning. Next is the dishwasher. Clean the inside and outside of the dishwasher including the filter, rubber seals and door. The sink should be your next concern. Eliminate all food scraps from the sinkhole and any visible stains should be removed. Check if the drain is not clogged and water won’t stock up. If the sink is having some issues, call a plumber to fix it. Wiping the sink with mineral oil using a soft sponge will make the stainless sink look shiny and brand new. Lastly, defrost the freezer and clean the inside and outside of the refrigerator, including all the shelves and drawer of the fridge. Replace the bulb if necessary. 

Bathroom/Shower room

Every item in the bathroom, including the wall and floor, must be thoroughly cleaned and disinfected. The tub, sink, shower head and toilets need special cleaning since these are used very often. Removing all the dirt and stains would be easy using a cleaner with bleach. Make sure to remove all soap, toothpaste or any residue. Nothing should be left behind in the bathroom. You should take all your personal belongings with you. Make sure to scrub the floor and walls to remove stains and moulds.

Cleaning the exterior

Inspect all areas outside the property. Find any damage so you can have it repaired before your moving out day. If you have been living with pets, make sure that you remove any mess that your pets have created. Also, clean all outdoor furniture like tables and chairs. Remove all cobwebs and dust from all the window railings. If there is a garden, have the grass trimmed or mow the lawn. Weeds should be removed and make sure that the walking pathway is tidy. Garage and driveway must have no oil marks. All trash bins must be emptied, cleaned and disinfected. Lastly, make sure all outdoor lights are working well.

It is a must that you should clean your rented property thoroughly before you hand the keys back t your landlord. In case you don’t want to do the cleaning job or you just don’t have the time, you can always hire the services from the end of lease cleaning company. This will give you a higher chance of getting your security deposit back. Most landlords want their property to look as brand new as possible like it has never been occupied so they can easily find a new renter. If you meet their conditions and standards, then they’ll give you your money back.

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