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The Ultimate Deep Cleaning Checklist for Moving Out of Your Rental

Tenant Cleaning Light Fixture in Brentwood RentalAre you moving out of your Brentwood rental home or apartment shortly? If so, you’ll need to conduct a deep cleaning before you leave if you want your deposit back! This checklist will help you get the job done rapidly and efficiently. Follow these steps to leave your rental home sparkling and improve your chances of getting your full security deposit returned to you.

  1. Declutter. Begin by decluttering your rental home or apartment. Throw out anything you don’t need or want. This will make cleaning more straightforward.
  2. Remove any nails from the walls and patch holes. If you’ve utilized nails to hang anything in your rental home, from pictures to clocks to TV mounts, you should take everything down, remove the nails or screw, and patch the holes with some lightweight spackle.
  3. Dust ceiling fans and light fixtures. Dusting ceiling fans and light fixtures is a task that is commonly overlooked. Make certain to dust every blade on each ceiling fan and each part of all light fixtures in your rental home or apartment. For enclosed light fixtures, cautiously remove and wash any glass coverings, then dry totally before replacing.
  4. Wipe down walls and doors. It’s necessary to wipe down all of the walls and doors in your rental home or apartment. This will eliminate any fingerprints, smudges, or dirt accumulated over time.
  5. Clean baseboards and trim. Baseboards and trim normally get disregarded when cleaning. Give them a thorough wipe down with a damp cloth or duster.
  6. Wipe down every cupboard, cabinet, and drawer. Take everything out of each cupboard, cabinet, and drawer in your rental home or apartment. Wipe down the inside and outside of each one. Preferably, wash any removable shelving in the sink.
  7. Clean windows and mirrors. Windows and mirrors should be cleaned inside and out. Use a glass cleaner on the inside of all windows and mirrors. You might have to utilize a higher-strength cleaner or even a power washer for the outside.
  8. Wash blinds and window coverings. In like manner, blinds and window coverings will need a good cleaning, as well. Dust blinds with a duster or vacuum attachment, then wash them with soap and water. Window coverings can usually be thrown in the washing machine.
  9. Deep clean the bathrooms. It may take a little scrubbing, but don’t forget to deep clean all your rental home’s sinks, showers, tubs, and toilets. Be sure to use a strong cleaner and scrub all surfaces thoroughly.
  10. Scrub kitchen appliances inside and out. From the oven to the microwave to the refrigerator, every kitchen appliance should be scrubbed thoroughly before you move out. Don’t forget to empty the fridge, remove all shelves and drawers, and scrub every inch. Utilize proper cleaning products for each type of appliance, and remember to wipe the outside! You might have to utilize a soft bristle brush to reach any tough-to-clean spots.
  11. Sweep, mop, and vacuum all floors. One of your final procedures is to deep clean all of the floors in your rental home. Begin with sweeping, then move on to mopping or vacuuming. Remember to wipe under furniture and appliances and other hard-to-reach places!
  12. Take out the trash. In the end, remove the entire garbage from your rental home or apartment. This involves any waste in bins, cupboards, and drawers. If possible, dump all the trash in recycling and compost bins before leaving.

You can deep clean your rental home or apartment quickly and efficiently by following these steps. Moving can be frustrating, but with some planning and elbow grease, your Brentwood property manager will want to return as much of your deposit as possible.


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