Moving out of a rental property can be a stressful experience, especially when it comes to cleaning. But with the correct planning and attention to detail, it doesn’t have to be.
A significant concern for both the tenant and landlord is ensuring that the property is left in pristine condition, allowing for an easy return of the security deposit. Follow this comprehensive cleaning list to make moving out that little bit less stressful, and ensure you get that security deposit back.
1. Gather Supplies
Readying all the necessary supplies will make the process more efficient, and ensure you have everything you need. This could include cleaning solutions, microfibre cloths, mops, a hoover, scrub brushes, gloves and bin bags.
Start by removing all personal items and decluttering to free up as much space as possible to clean. This will also allow you to see any potential damages to the property that may need attention.
3. Clean Walls & Ceilings
Double check the walls and ceilings for stains, any marks or cobwebs. Using a mild cleaning solution can help to remove any marks. (Bonus tip- don’t forget the areas around light switches and doorknobs as they tend to accumulate dirt over time but can go forgotten!)
4. Clean Windows & Mirrors
Use a streak-free glass cleaner and a microfibre cloth for best results. Don’t forget to pay attention to the windowsills and frames as well.
5. Kitchen Appliances
Clean inside and outside of all kitchen appliances, this includes the refrigerator, oven, microwave and dishwasher. For a more thorough cleaning, ensure that you remove any shelves and drawers. (Don’t forget any drip pans and filters- they often need attention.)
6. Scrub Bathrooms
Make sure to properly scrub bathroom tiles, grout, bathtub, shower, toilet and sink. Replace any old or discoloured caulking around the sink/bathtub/shower if necessary. It is vital that you disinfect all surfaces, not discounting inside of cabinets and drawers.
7. Clean Floors
Hoover and then mop all floors, using floor cleaner if you have hardwood flooring. Consider getting a carpet clean, as marks and discolouring can occur over time. Pay attention to corners and edges where dirt and dust tend to get trapped.
8. The Exterior
If you have a balcony, terrace or garden area, remember to clean those spaces too. Sweep up any dirt and wipe any surfaces you can.
Lastly, before handing back the keys, do a final inspection to ensure everything is as clean as it can be, and any damage has been dealt with. Hopefully this guide can help you leave the property in impeccable condition and get your security deposit back.
At PInpoint Homes, we understand that cleaning your rented home is the last thing on your mind when you’re moving out. If you don’t have the time and don’t want to stress, choose our End of Tenancy Cleaning services.
Contact us today to discuss your requirements.