Guide to Pre-Move Cleaning: The Ultimate ChecklistIn this small guide, we will go through each aspect of cleaning out your home before moving out, so you can have a set of steps ready.

You should go over any nook and cranny in your home, so that you leave a nice and clean space for the next habitants.

We hope that you find inspiration to begin the big clear-out and remember that every task seems daunting before breaking it into smaller pieces.

Why You Should Clean

Whether you’ve sold your house or are just returning the keys to your landlord, a moving clean-out is nearly always necessary. In the former situation, the contract most likely includes a stipulation requiring the house to be totally clean before the new owners move in.

If you’re a relocating tenant, cleaning before you move out is critical to receiving your security deposit and avoiding a cleaning fee from your landlord or the building’s management company. Before you begin cleaning, determine what the expectations are. Management may supply their cleaning list and some leases will even say what the expenses would be if the facility isn’t thoroughly cleaned.

It鈥檚 Cleaning Time!

Now that we have our mops and cleaning supplies ready, we can begin the process.

Clean every surface

Dust high-up surfaces in the room, such as ceiling fans or shelves, before cleaning lower-level surfaces, such as flooring, so you won’t accidently blow dust over freshly cleaned surfaces.

Work step by step

Depending on the size of the area, cleaning everything at once may be intimidating. Divide it into chunks of time, beginning with the spaces you’ll use the least before the move-out day.

Last-minute cleaning

Even if you clean ahead of time, some areas, such as the bathroom, may need to be cleaned shortly before you leave. Remember that once the furniture is removed, you will most likely need to sweep again.

Move-Out Cleaning Checklist

To make this easier, we have created a small checklist of all things you need to clean before moving out. You can print it out and cross-off each task, so cleaning can become a breeze and finish in no time.

Throughout the Home

You must dust off the ceiling fans, remove any screws from the walls and fill the leftover holes with putty.
Wipe any molding and the walls to get out marks or grime.
Wipe the window ledges and windows, wash the doors, clean the floors, dust the exhaust fans, and the blinds (if any are present).

In the Kitchen

Empty the fridge and transport any food from your cooler to your new place, do it now.
Then follow up by cleaning the stovetop and oven, clean the dishwasher, scrub the sink, wipe the countertops and cabinets.

It鈥檚 best if you vacuum the cabinets and wipe the knobs and their doors.

In the Bathroom

When cleaning the bathroom, you should clean the shower, the sink, and most importantly the toilet. Scrub it all and wipe down the tank, the outside of it, and don鈥檛 leave anything out.

If the bathroom has cabinets, wipe them down, too.

You can go into the laundry room next and clean the washing machine and the dryer.

Last but not least, if there is a lawn, you have to mow the grass and sweep the stoop, porch, patio, and the walkway.

With that said, we wish you happy cleaning and moving out. Don鈥檛 forget to take time for yourself and don鈥檛 stress too much.