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The Ultimate Deep Cleaning Checklist for Moving Out of Your Rental

Tenant Cleaning Light Fixture in Cornelius RentalAre you leaving your Cornelius rental home or apartment any time 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 assist you in completing the task in a timely and effective manner. Do the following steps to leave your rental house in excellent condition and improve your chances of receiving your security deposit in full.

  1. To begin with, declutter your rental home or apartment. Throw away anything you don’t need or want. Cleaning will be far easier 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. Dust every blade of every ceiling fan and every component of every light fixture in your rental home or apartment. Carefully remove and wash any glass coverings from enclosed light fixtures, then dry them well before returning them.
  4. Wipe down walls and doors. In your rental home or apartment, wipe clean all of the walls and doors. This will get rid of any fingerprints, smudges, or grime that have built up over time.
  5. Clean baseboards and trim. When cleaning, baseboards and trim are frequently forgotten. Wipe them down thoroughly with a moist cloth or duster.
  6. Wipe down every cupboard, cabinet, and drawer. In your rental home or apartment, empty every cupboard, cabinet, and drawer. Wipe the interior and outside of each one down with a damp cloth. Whenever possible, wash any removable shelves in the sink.
  7. Clean windows and mirrors. Cleaning the inside and outside of windows and mirrors is recommended. Apply a glass cleaner to the interior surfaces of all windows and mirrors. For the outside, you might need to use a stronger cleaner or even a pressure washer.
  8. Wash blinds and window coverings. Similarly, blinds and window coverings will require a thorough cleaning. Dust the blinds with a duster or vacuum attachment, and then clean them 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. Make sure to scrub all surfaces thoroughly with a powerful cleanser.
  10. Scrub kitchen appliances inside and out. Every kitchen device, from the oven to the microwave to the refrigerator, should be completely cleaned before you leave. Make sure the refrigerator is empty, that all shelves and drawers are removed, and that every inch has been scrubbed. 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. Sweep the floor first, followed by mopping or vacuuming. Don’t forget to clean under furniture and appliances as well as other inaccessible areas!
  12. Take out the trash. Finally, empty your rental home or apartment of all trash. This includes garbage in bins, cabinets, and drawers. Before you leave, if at all feasible, place all rubbish in the recycling and compost bins.

Following these procedures will help you deep clean your rental home or apartment fast and efficiently. Moving is a grueling process, but with effort and a plan your Cornelius property manager can return as much of your security deposit as possible.


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