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The Ultimate Deep Cleaning Checklist for Moving Out of Your Rental

Tenant Cleaning Light Fixture in Lexington RentalAre you planning to move out of your Lexington rental home or apartment soon? If that’s the case, you’ll need to undertake a thorough cleaning before leaving if you want to save your deposit! This checklist will aid you in finishing the job promptly and efficiently. Do the following steps to leave your rental house in excellent condition and improve your chances of receiving your security deposit in full.

  1. For starters, remove the clutter from your rental home or apartment. Trash whatever you don’t want or need. Cleaning will be easier by far if you do.
  2. Remove any nails from the walls and patch holes. If ever you hung anything in your rental house with nails, from TV mounts to clocks to photos, you’ll need to take those down, remove the nails or screws, and fill the holes with some light spackle.
  3. Dust ceiling fans and light fixtures. The duty of dusting ceiling fans and light fixtures is frequently neglected. In your rental home or apartment, dust every blade on each ceiling fan and every part of all light fixtures. Remove and wash any glass coverings from enclosed light fixtures gently, then dry completely before replacing.
  4. Wipe down walls and doors. It is essential to clean the walls and doors of your rental property or apartment. Any fingerprints, smudges, or grime that has accumulated over time will need to be removed.
  5. Clean baseboards and trim. When it comes to cleaning, baseboards and trim are sometimes disregarded. Utilize a moist cloth or duster to thoroughly clean them.
  6. Wipe down every cupboard, cabinet, and drawer. Empty each cabinet, drawer, and cupboard in your rental home or apartment. Wipe the inside and outside of each one with a damp cloth. Wash any removable shelf in the sink if feasible.
  7. Clean windows and mirrors. Inside and exterior, windows and mirrors should be cleaned. On the inside of all windows and mirrors, use a glass cleaner. For the outdoors, you may need to use a stronger cleaner or maybe a power washer.
  8. Wash blinds and window coverings. Blinds and window coverings must also be thoroughly cleaned. Blinds should be dusted or vacuumed before being washed with soap and water. Window curtains may be washed.
  9. Deep clean the bathrooms. Do not forget to completely clean the toilets, sinks, showers, and tubs in your rental property. This could require a little scrubbing. Use a powerful cleanser and scrub each surface thoroughly.
  10. Scrub kitchen appliances inside and out. Every kitchen device, from the oven to the microwave to the refrigerator, should be properly cleaned before moving out. Empty the refrigerator, remove all shelves and drawers, and scrub every surface thoroughly. For each type of appliance, use the right cleaning chemicals, and don’t forget to wipe the outside! You might require a soft bristle brush to reach any difficult-to-clean areas.
  11. Sweep, mop, and vacuum all floors. One of your final tasks is to thoroughly clean the floors of your rental home. Sweeping should be done first, followed by mopping or vacuuming. Remember to clean below furniture and appliances, as well as other hard-to-reach areas!
  12. Take out the trash. Lastly, remove all trash from the rental home or apartment. Any garbage in bins, cupboards, or drawers is included. Before leaving, place all waste in recycling and compost bins if feasible.

These procedures will help you deep clean your rental home or apartment fast and efficiently. Moving is no easy task, however with some planning and work your Lexington property manager will be able to return as much of your deposit as he can.


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