Are you thinking of moving out of your rental home? If you are, then you must follow all rules stipulated in your lease.

First and foremost, you need to make sure that you have given your landlord adequate notice. In most cases, this is usually 30 days before your expected move out date. If you have already done that, great!

Now, the other thing left for you would be to make sure that you leave the premises as clean as possible. Why? Because many landlords require that their tenants leave their rental homes in the same condition as they found them. Failure to adhere to this and you risk losing part or all of your security deposit.

Having your home professionally cleaned is usually ideal. However, if that is not in your budget, then take a few hours to do the cleaning yourself. The following is a move-out cleaning checklist to help you clean every nook and cranny in preparation for the final walk-through inspection by the landlord.

Move-Out Cleaning Checklist

Before getting started, youā€™ll first need to gather your cleaning essentials. The following are the items that should make your cleaning job much easier.

  • Rubber gloves
  • Broom and dustpan
  • A vacuum cleaner
  • A bucket and clean mop
  • Furniture polish
  • Brushes
  • Cleaning clothes
  • Limescale remover
  • Feather duster
  • Glass cleaner
  • Multi-surface cleaning spray

These cleaning supplies are essential in getting the job done. Proper cleaning goes more than just dusting and mopping the floors. Now that you have chosen to do it yourself, youā€™ll need to allocate yourself adequate time. How much time you need depends on how big or small your rental home is.

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Clean the kitchen

  • Empty all the cupboards and shelves as much as you can to help minimize food wastage.
  • Empty the fridge and then give the interior a deep clean. A microfiber cleaning cloth and soapy water will do the trick. Once you are done, you may also want to move it to reach those hard-to-reach places.
  • Give the oven a good clean. And, donā€™t forget to wipe down the racks, switches, hob, and extractor too.
  • Remove any limescale that may have gathered on the taps and faucets.
  • Use a multi-surface spray and a wet towel to clean and disinfect all the countertops.
  • Clean and pack away any appliances, dishes, and cutlery and clearly label the boxes.

Cleaning the Living Room

  • Dry dust all the cupboards and bookcases and then wipe them down using a damp cloth.
  • Curtains and blinds usually gather lots of dust and grime. Therefore, vacuum and dust them, then run a damp cloth along each section of the blind top to bottom.
  • Use a long-handled duster to dust those hard-to-reach places.
  • Use a steam cleaner to clean the upholstery, carpet, and floors.
  • Move your TV cabinet and give it a good wipe all round.
  • Once finished, vacuum the room and collect any particles that might have fallen.

Cleaning the Bedroom

  • Wash the beddings before packing them away.
  • Wipe down bookcases and cupboards thoroughly. Start with a dry cloth and then use a multi-surface spray and a damp cloth.
  • Mop the floor and use a steam cleaner on curtains and carpets.
  • Vacuum around furniture, particularly behind and under things like tables, beds, and wardrobes.

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