There’s more to moving out than just moving your belongings to a new home. You also have to clean things – especially if it’s a rental. Gather your scrub brush, bleach, and broom and use this checklist to be sure you’ve thoroughly cleaned and moved out. We’ve organized this checklist by room to help you stay organized. We’re just so nice!
Moving.com came up with what we think is a comprehensive checklist of things to clean. Let’s start with the kitchen.
- Kitchen: Completely empty the refrigerator and clean it thoroughly inside and out (nothing’s more disgusting than a smelly, grimy refrigerator); Defrost the freezer; wipe all counter tops and cabinets (inside and out); Clean the oven – hopefully you have a self-cleaning function as this is effortless. But if not just use some oven cleaner and wipe it down inside and out. Don’t forget to clean the stove top as well; Clean and wipe down all appliances and other important kitchen things (microwave, dishwasher, sink, faucet).
- Bathroom: Get that scrub brush and bleach ready because you need to scrub the sink, shower, and toilet to get rid of stains, smells, and scum. And don’t forget the mirror. Sounds fun!
- Floors: Vacuum, sweep, mop, and shampoo (if necessary). Pay close attention to stains and spots.
- Walls/Windows: First remove nails and other hardware you installed then patch the holes and paint (if necessary); then with a soft sponge or cloth (or magic eraser if you’re feeling fancy) remove scuff marks, scratches, and splatters on all walls; finally clean all windows and sills, blinds, and curtains that you are not taking with you.
- Fixtures: Get a really tall person or perhaps a ladder and clean the ceiling fan blades. They will be disgusting, I promise. Don’t forget to dust the lights on the ceilings and walls.
- Miscellaneous: Mow one last time (if necessary); through away all of your trash.
We’d also recommend taking pictures of everything just in case an issue arises where you are questioned about the condition of the home or property after move out. Each lease will vary on what you are required to clean or maintain before moving out. Be sure to check with your lease or landlord to avoid any mistakes!