As if packing up your belongings and moving them to a new location wasn’t stressful enough, there’s also the overwhelming task of cleaning your soon-to-be former residence for the next occupants. Whether it be a rental and you need to get your security deposit back or you are being courteous to the next owners, it’s a good idea to follow a moving cleaning checklist to make sure nothing is missed.
Follow A Moving Out Cleaning Checklist Before Officially Moving Out
Cleaning is often the last thing on the long list of things to do when you are preparing for a move. If you do not plan on using a cleaning service, know that there are some supplies that you will need to have on hand: baking soda, spray bottle, microfiber cloth, dish soap, paper towel, distilled white vinegar, steel wool, and your preferred disinfectant spray are good basics to start with.
Your move-out clean should be performed as the very last step. All the effort will not be very effective if there are boxes or furniture to clean around and movers will most likely track dirt in again anyway!
First Steps: Cleaning Supplies
Whether doing it yourself or making use of the services offered by a professional cleaning company, a good place to start is by referencing your rental agreement to see what you are obligated to clean. You can then make a list to include these if there are specifications or follow our room-by-room cleaning checklist.
Aside from gathering the cleaning basics that you probably already have on hand, it never hurts to have squeegees, a HEPA vacuum cleaner, rubber gloves to save your hands, and heavy-duty garbage bags.
If you are sensitive to cleaning products or are concerned about the planet, you can always use green cleaning products which are made up of natural ingredients but do the job just as well! If you can’t get these, consider wearing a mask so you are not breathing in harmful chemicals.
Room by Room Cleaning Checklist
- dust surfaces
- clean mirrors and windows
- wipe down baseboards and trim
- clean the exteriors and interiors of closets
- remove any marks on walls
- windowsills and window tracks
- vacuum and/or steam window treatments if they are agreed to be left
- disinfect doorknobs and light switches, and any other high-touch places
- empty trash cans if any
- vacuum carpeting and area rugs
- rinse out and sanitize the bathtub and shower enclosure, as well as clean faucet and taps
- sanitize and clean the sink as well as tap
- wipe down towel racks with a wet cloth to remove dust
- sanitize the toilet bowl, toilet seat and clean the entire vessel
- clean mirrors, windows and shower doors with glass cleaner
- clean the inside and outside of medicine cabinets
- dust and wipe down counters and any shelving
- window sills and window tracks fully cleaned
- sanitize doorknobs, light switches and other high-touch points
- empty trash can
- dust baseboards and trim
- remove any marks on walls
- wash the entire bathroom floor
- dust exhaust fan and vents, vacuum if needed
- larger appliances such as dishwasher, fridge and stove gave a deep clean (we recommend that any cleaning agents that need to sit awhile to tackle stubborn messes be applied before starting the bedrooms so they have time to work their magic)
- small appliances such as the toaster, coffee maker, microwave, etc. are wiped down if they are staying
- kitchen countertops wiped down and sprayed with an all-purpose spray
- interior and exterior of all kitchen cabinets wiped down with a damp sponge
- kitchen sink and backsplash washed
- garbage disposal checked to make sure it is not clogged and no funky smells are present
- clean windowsills and window tracks
- dust and wipe clean baseboards and trim
- wipe down and sanitize light switches and doorknobs as well as other high-touch spots
- a good clean of walls as food tends to splatter all over in kitchens
- empty garbage, recycling and compost bins
- wash the entire floor
- wash windows and clean window sills and window tracks with a damp cloth
- dust and wipe down light fixtures with a soft cloth
- wipe down and remove marks from baseboards, trim and walls
- hardwood floors mopped, carpet and area rugs vacuumed
- treat stubborn stains on carpet or furniture that is staying
Hire A Professional Cleaning Service
If your to-do list is already longer than your arm, hiring a company that offers cleaning services to pay special attention to cleaning your entire home before or after your upcoming move may be the right choice for you. They can conquer all the cleaning tasks for you, so you can focus on packing up your belongings and calling the moving truck. There’s also a better chance that nothing will be missed and you will pass your land lord’s move-out inspection with flying colours, or provide buyers with a fresh start in their new house.
Give a local residential cleaner, like GPower, a call to schedule your move-out cleaning after you move, so you can leave the dust behind.