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Professional Move-out Cleaning Checklist

Professional Move-out Cleaning Checklist

Besides putting everything into boxes and moving them around, cleaning is probably one of the most dreaded tasks. A move-out cleaning checklist can be your greatest ally when you’re doing a full on move out clean. A lot is going on when you're moving out, so deep cleaning your old place is stressful and daunting. That’s why many people opt to hire professional cleaners to do the job. Often when you’re moving out, there’s a damage deposit on the line, and you must leave your old space move-in ready. 

The last thing you’ll do is likely the cleaning, as you want to get everything out of the house. This will be one of the last things you do, and at this point, you may be quite exhausted by the moving process. You can stay organized and on task with a move-out cleaning checklist, checking things off as you complete them.

What’s Included in a Professional Move-Out Cleaning Checklist

To better grasp what should be included on your move-out cleaning checklist, the professionals can be your guide. Here’s what their checklist looks like:


When you do cleaning, you want to start from top to bottom. This is especially true when you’re doing dusting. Start on the top floor if you have multiple levels, and work your way down. You’ll also want to dust and clean from top to bottom in each room

Checklist for Bedrooms

  • Dust surfaces

  • Clean the inside and outside of closets

  • Clean any marks on the wall

  • Dust and spot clean baseboards 

  • Clean any glass and mirrors 

  • Clean windowsills and window tracks

  • Dust and spot-check doorknobs, doorframes, and doors

  • Wipe down light switches

  • Empty the garbage

  • Vacuum and mop any hard surface floors

  • Vacuum and steam clean carpets or area rugs that stay in the home


It’s easier to clean the bathroom once there’s nothing left in it. This will allow you to see any dust, dirt, and spots. You won’t have to work around all your items, so you can get everything wet for better cleaning. 

Checklist for Bathrooms

  • Clean and sanitize the bathtub/shower, shower walls, and glass doors 

  • Clean and sanitize the sink

  • Thoroughly clean and sanitize the toilet, including all the crevices inside and out

  • Clean mirrors with vinegar and water in a spray bottle

  • Clean the inside and outside of cabinets

  • Dust and wipe down countertops and shelves

  • Clean inside windowsills and window tracks 

  • Clean and spot-check doorknobs, doorframes, and doors

  • Wipe down light switches

  • Empty the garbage

  • Dust and wipe down the baseboards

  • Clean any marks on the walls or baseboards

  • Vacuum and clean the floor. Either mop or clean by hand


The kitchen is probably one of the most time-consuming jobs as you must clean large appliances. There are likely splatters and stains that you’ll have to try to remove. You may need some help with stronger cleaners to help you with the tough dirt and grime. 

Checklist for Kitchen

  • Clean the inside and outside of major appliances, including the stovetop, oven, refrigerator, range hood, microwave, and dishwasher

  • Dust and clean countertops, and make sure to get into the corners

  • Clean the backsplash

  • Clean the sink

  • Dust and sanitize all the surfaces

  • Clean inside windowsills and window tracks

  • Wipe down and spot clean the baseboards

  • Use vinegar and water on any glass

  • Wipe down light switches

  • Empty out the garbage

  • Clean under the sink

  • Vacuum and mop floors

Common Areas

Common areas include the entry, hallways, stairs, and living areas like the dining room and living room. These should all be thoroughly cleaned as well. They are often high-traffic areas, so if it’s carpet, you may need to steam clean them.  

Checklist for the Common Areas

  • Clean mirrors and glass

  • Clean inside windowsills and window tracks

  • Dust and spot clean baseboards

  • Clean doorknobs, doorframes, and doors

  • Wipe down light switches

  • Clean off any marks on walls

  • Vacuum and mop hard surface floors

  • Steam clean and vacuum carpets when necessary

  • Thoroughly clean the inside of closets

Tools to Help With Move Out Cleaning Checklist

You want to ensure you plan well when you’re moving out. This will be one of your greatest assets in getting things done efficiently. This means ensuring you have all the cleaning supplies and tools needed to clean the home. If this truly isn’t something you can figure out for yourself, you may want to have a cleaning company come in for the cleaning. They bring all the supplies with them and know exactly what is needed. It reduces the labour time you’re spending so you can focus on other important aspects of moving. However, if you want to do the cleaning yourself, we recommend these tools and supplies be on hand for the job:

  1. HEPA vacuum cleaner

  2. All-Purpose spray cleaners for the kitchen 

  3. Bathroom cleaner

  4. Vinegar and water in a spray bottle

  5. Microfiber cloths

  6. Floor cleaner

  7. Mop and bucket

  8. A cleaner that can take care of tough grease

  9. Stain remover

  10. Steam cleaner and cleaning solution

  11. Squeegee

  12. Scrubbing brushes that are different strengths

  13. Garbage bags

  14. Rubber gloves

You can also use natural cleaning products like mixing vinegar and baking soda for a strong soap scum and stain remover. Vinegar and water can clean up a lot and leave no scent. Plenty of other natural ingredients can do what chemical cleaners do. 

Whether you do all the work yourself or have a cleaning company come in, a move-out cleaning checklist is a great tool. The reason experts use one is to make sure that they don’t forget anything. You can tick off the boxes as you complete tasks and alleviate confusion. It can make your big move that much smoother.

If you need expert assistance to ensure a spotless transition, check out our move-in and move-out cleaning services. We're here to make your moving experience as seamless as possible.

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