Whether you’re buying a new house, or moving to a new apartment – moving out can be quite stressful. When you have a long list of things to do like packing your bags, choosing a renter’s insurance plan etc., cleaning up the place you’re moving out of can be the last thing on your mind. Although hiring a Move-in & Move-out cleaning service can assist you with this task, doing it yourself can save you money and allow you to clean on your own schedule.
If you have decided to clean up by yourself, you’re at the right place! We have compiled the following move-in checklist so you can ensure that you have covered all the frequently forgotten places.
Some Cleaning Tips
Start from top to bottom
Before cleaning bottom surfaces such as floors, remove dust from high surfaces in the room, such as ceiling fans and shelves, following your usual cleaning procedures. This will prevent you from accidentally spilling dirt on the surfaces you’ve just cleaned.
Clean in stages
Work step by step. Cleaning everything all at once can be a challenging job depending on the size of the rooms. Divide your time into sections for each chunk of space. Then start cleaning from the area you will least use from now to the day of moving out, like the guest room for example.
Take out time for some last-minute cleaning
Even if you’ve cleaned everything before moving out, there will be things that need to be cleaned right before leaving, such as the bathroom. Also keep in mind that once you remove all the furniture, you may need to clean up any dust you find.
The Ultimate Moving-Out Cleaning Checklist
Dust and wipe down ceiling fans
Pull out any screws or nails from walls
Wipe down walls and remove stains (if any)
Clean the window sills and windows
Wash the doors
Sweep, vacuum and mop all floors
Dust the exhaust fans and vents
In the Kitchen:
Clear out the refrigerator and clean it
Empty and clean inside cabinets
Clean kitchen appliances inside out
Wipe cabinet fronts and knobs
Clean the stovetop and oven
Wipe the dishwasher clean
Scrub and rinse the sink
Wipe down the countertops
Disinfect the garbage disposal
In the Bathroom:
Scrub the shower and bathtub
Clean shower curtains
Clean the faucet handles and sink
Scrub and wipe down the toilet
Clear out all the cabinets/vanity
Disinfect the countertops
Leave a fresh roll of toilet paper
Outside the Home:
Mow the grass in the lawn
Sweep the front walkway, porch, and patio
Remove any signage or decor
Clean the outsides of the washing machine – washer and dryer
What is the best time to do the move-out cleaning?
We recommend that you clean the house after removing all furniture and personal belongings. This not only ensures that you can clean all corners and crevices, but it also makes cleaning a whole lot easier. For instance, you will not have to worry about vacuuming under the carpets and other items. Moreover, the process of packing up and moving can get messy and can make the house dirty again. It is a wise decision to clean the floors and surfaces after the mover leaves, taking all your belongings out of the house. Plan to move at least two days before the moving out date. This will give you enough time to clean up space effectively before new tenants arrive.