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The Ultimate Deep Cleaning Checklist for Moving Out of Your Rental

Tenant Cleaning Light Fixture in Lawrenceville RentalAre you moving out of your Lawrenceville rental home or apartment soon? If that is the case, you are required to accomplish a deep cleaning before you leave if you want your deposit back! This checklist will aid you to get the job accomplished speedily 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. Eliminate anything you don’t need or want. This will make cleaning so much easier.
  2. Remove any nails from the walls and patch holes. If you’ve used a whole lot of nails to hang anything in your rental home, from pictures to clocks to TV mounts, you must 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 task that is mostly overlooked. Ensure to dust every blade on each ceiling fan and each part of all light fixtures in your rental home or apartment. For enclosed light fixtures, cautiously remove and wash any glass coverings, then dry entirely before replacing them.
  4. Wipe down walls and doors. It’s essential to wipe down all of the walls and doors in your rental home or apartment. This will remove any fingerprints, smudges, or dirt accumulated over time.
  5. Clean baseboards and trim. Baseboards and trim typically get ignored when cleaning. Give them a neat 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. As much as possible, wash any removable shelving in the sink.
  7. Clean up 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 need to make use of a higher-strength cleaner or even a power washer for the outside.
  8. Wash blinds and window coverings. Same way, blinds and window coverings will need an appropriate cleaning, additionally. Dust blinds with a duster or vacuum attachment, then wash them with soap and water. Window coverings can typically be thrown in the washing machine.
  9. Deep clean the bathrooms. It may take some scrubbing, nevertheless keep in mind to deep clean all of your rental home’s sinks, showers, tubs, and toilets. Make it a point to utilize a strong cleaner and scrub all surfaces fully.
  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. Be certain to empty the fridge, remove all shelves and drawers, and scrub every inch. Use quality cleaning products for each type of appliance, and remember to wipe the outside! You may want to use a soft bristle brush to reach any tough-to-clean spots.
  11. Sweep, mop, and vacuum all floors. One of your final steps is to deep clean all of the floors in your rental home. Start with sweeping, then move on to mopping or vacuuming. Take into consideration cleaning under furniture and appliances and other hard-to-reach places!
  12. Take out the trash. One last thing, take out all the garbage from your rental home or apartment. This covers any garbage in bins, cupboards, and drawers. If it is possible, put all the litter in recycling and compost bins before leaving.

You can deep clean your rental home or apartment swiftly and effectively by following these steps. Moving can be difficult, though, with quite a little planning and elbow grease, your Lawrenceville property manager will have to return as much of your deposit as possible.


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