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The Ultimate Deep Cleaning Checklist for Moving Out of Your Rental

Tenant Cleaning Light Fixture in Woodbury RentalAre you moving out of your Woodbury rental home or apartment soon? So then, you’ll have to undertake a deep cleaning before you leave if you want your deposit back! This checklist will help you get the tasks completed fast and efficiently. Follow these steps to leave your rental home sparkling and improve your chances of getting your full security deposit returned to you.

  1. Declutter. Begin by decluttering your rental home or apartment. Dump anything you don’t need or want. This will make cleaning much quicker.
  2. Remove any nails from the walls and patch holes. If you’re using nails to hang anything in your rental home, from pictures to clocks to TV mounts, you will have to take everything down, remove the nails or screw, and patch the holes with some lightweight spackle.
  3. Dust ceiling fans and light fixtures. Dusting ceiling fans and light fixtures is a chore that is frequently overlooked. Don’t forget to dust every blade on each ceiling fan and each part of the light fixtures in your rental home or apartment. For enclosed light fixtures, gently remove and wash any glass coverings, then dry thoroughly before replacing them.
  4. Wipe down walls and doors. It’s necessary to wipe down all of the walls and doors in your rental home or apartment. This will eliminate any fingerprints, smudges, or dirt accumulated over time.
  5. Clean baseboards and trim. Baseboards and trim frequently get ignored when cleaning. Give them a thorough wipe down with a damp cloth or duster.
  6. Wipe down every cupboard, cabinet, and drawer. Take everything out of each cupboard, cabinet, and drawer in your rental home or apartment. Wipe down the inside and outside of each one. Preferably, clean any removable shelving in the sink.
  7. Clean windows and mirrors. Windows and mirrors should be cleaned inside and out. Use a glass cleaner on the inside of all windows and mirrors. You may have to utilize a higher-strength cleaner or even a power washer for the outside.
  8. Wash blinds and window coverings. Similarly, blinds and window coverings will need a good cleaning, as well. Dust blinds with a duster or vacuum attachment, then clean them with soap and water. Window coverings may normally be put in the washing machine.
  9. Deep clean the bathrooms. It may need a bit of scrubbing, but be sure you deep clean all of your rental home’s sinks, showers, tubs, and toilets. Don’t forget to utilize a strong cleaner and scrub all surfaces thoroughly.
  10. Scrub kitchen appliances inside and out. From the oven to the microwave to the refrigerator, every kitchen appliance should be scrubbed thoroughly before you move out. You need to empty the fridge, remove all shelves and drawers, and scrub every inch. Utilize proper cleaning products for each type of appliance, and remember to wipe the outside! You may need to use a soft bristle brush to reach any tough-to-clean spots.
  11. Sweep, mop, and vacuum all floors. One of your final actions is to deep clean all of the floors in your rental home. Begin with sweeping, then move on to mopping or vacuuming. Remember to clean under furniture and appliances and other hard-to-reach places!
  12. Take out the trash. Lastly, dispose of all the garbage from your rental home or apartment. This includes any waste in bins, cupboards, and drawers. Preferably, place all the waste in recycling and compost bins before leaving.

You can deep clean your rental home or apartment fast and effectively by following these steps. Moving might be difficult, but with a little planning and elbow grease, your Woodbury property manager will love to return as much of your deposit as possible.


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