The Ultimate Moving House Cleaning Checklist

Whether you’re moving in or moving out, make your home shine with this cleaning checklist. Moving can feel like a never-ending chore. Renters in particular are often required by lease to leave their apartments in tip-top shape, and anything amiss can be deducted from security deposits.

Whether you’re moving out, moving in, or both, our house cleaning Toronto checklist is the ultimate guide to making your house shine.


Some Housecleaning Tips:


Before we get into the details, there are a few tips experts agree on:

  1. Cleaning should be the first thing you do before the movers arrive, and the last thing you do after the movers leave. When you're leaving a place, try to clean your spaces after the boxes have been packed and before they've been delivered to your new home. Wide open spaces make cleaning more comfortable and help you avoid tripping over things.

  2. Make sure you have all your cleaning supplies ready to go. The last thing you want is to have to stop cleaning to run to the grocery store.

  3. Find a great music playlist or podcast to listen to while you clean. Music will keep your mood upbeat, and can make you forget you’re cleaning at all.

Whether you're moving out or moving in, these are the tasks you'll want to make sure to check off in every room:


  • Remove nails, screws, hooks, and other hardware from the walls and ceilings. Fill remaining holes with putty, then paint.

  • Repair any damaged clothing racks, lighting fixtures, or other permanent wall furniture.

  • Dust each room with a focus on corners, windows, doors, blinds, baseboards, ceiling fans, and light fixtures.

  • Vacuum every room.

  • For rooms with wood or tile, take the extra step and mop the floors as well.

Once you've checked off these larger tasks, it's time for you to go room by room and make sure that everything is looking clean and tidy. Here are our room-by-room checklists you'll want to have on you.


Cleaning Checklist:


  • Bedrooms, Libraries, and Living Room

After you've dusted, use an all-purpose cleaner to wipe down window sills and frames, ceiling fans, lighting elements, and any other built-in furniture like shelves or cabinets.

Use glass cleaner and newspapers to clean the windows.

If the home has a fireplace, make sure to clean it as well.

Clean air vents and replace filters.

Finish by vacuuming and spot cleaning carpet stains.


  • Bathrooms

Clean exhaust fans first, since it could make a mess.

Clean out drawers, medicine cabinets, and cabinets in the vanity. Don't forget to toss old liners.

Apply grout cleaner early so it has time to sit.

Use an all-purpose cleaner for walls, doors, towel racks, light fixtures — but not the toilet, mirrors, and tub.

Scrub the toilet with a specialized cleaner. Don't miss the base, where dust often collects.

When cleaning a shower and/or tub, first clean out the areas with grout and finish with a specialized cleaner.

Don't miss the shower rack and soap dishes.

Clean the vanity countertop, scrub the sink, and shine the faucets.

Don't miss built-in soap dishes and toothbrush holders.

Vacuum the floor, and then mop it.

Last, clean the mirror with glass cleaner.


  • Kitchens

If the oven has a self-cleaning option, use it. Then clean the exhaust fan and hood.

Clean the inside of the fridge and freezer then the outside. Repeat the same process for the microwave. Move both appliances, so you're able to clean behind and below them.

Next, clean the outside of the other appliances like the dishwasher then the stove.

Clean out drawers, cabinets, and shelves. Don't forget to toss old liners. Clean the front of cabinets.

Empty the garbage disposal.

Scrub countertops starting with the area surrounding the stove, as it's typically the messiest. Then clean the faucet and sink. Don't forget to give the inside of the sink a thorough cleaning.

Vacuum then mop the floors with a specialized cleaner for wood or tile.


  • Entry and Exit Ways

Move any debris by hand or with a leaf blower. Don't miss the cobwebs.

Sweep away any extra dirt.

Clean any outdoor windows.

Scrub out any stains on the walkway.

Make sure grass, bushes, and trees aren't overgrown.

If outdoor trash or recycling bins are dirty, clean them.


  • Car Garage

Make sure the garage is empty.

Repair any damaged clothing racks, lighting fixtures, or other permanent wall furniture.

After you've dusted, use an all-purpose cleaner to wipe down window sills and frames, ceiling fans, lighting elements, and any other built-in furniture like shelves or cabinets.

Vacuum or sweep out the area.

If your cement garage floor has stains, you can scrub using a stiff brush, detergent and degreaser.


Consider Professional Cleaning Services


Move out and move in cleaning can be extremely exhausting when you are so overwhelmed with the arduous moving process. It requires plenty of time and effort and adds to the moving stress. Therefore, you may want to consider using professional moving out (moving in) cleaning services – the experienced professionals will do the job for you in a quick and efficient manner and will save you a lot of strain.


In certain circumstance hiring professional moving out (moving in) cleaners may be your only viable option – you may not have the time to clean your old house by yourself, you may not be able to arrive in your new property before your items, you may not have the necessary cleaning supplies (you won’t take your vacuum cleaner on the plane with you, so that you can clean your new home upon arrival, will you?), you may be too exhausted to deal with the laborious cleaning tasks, etc.


If so, just get a move out (move in) cleaning quote and see if the price and conditions offered by some reputable cleaning companies will work for you. In most cases, the quality professional assistance will be worth the cost.

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