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Move Out House Cleaning Checklist



The last thing on your mind when you've spent so much time packing, moving, unpacking - - is cleaning the place you just moved from.

Moving out of a home, whether it's a house or an apartment, can be a lot of stress. I've been there a few times. I'm familiar with the desire to just collapse and be done with it.

You can't though, you've got to get the place ready for it's new occupants. It's part of the deal, you move, you clean. Whether you rent or own.

That's why we've made up this list of things to get done.

A Note to Renters

If you're renting, you want your deposit back so you definitely want to get the old home clean. A clean home can be the difference between you getting your deposit back or nothing at all.

Renters are also expected to clean under appliances, so this list should be beneficial to you.

Our list does not include larger cleaning such as carpets and painting. Check with your landlord to see what is expected of you to get that part of your deposit back.

The following is a list of items to be completed when moving out of your home. When you're moving from one home into another you're bound to forget something that needs to be done.

Just throw on a pair of grubbies, maybe throw in a friend or two, put some music on - turn it up, and get your back into it!

Download the Move Out House Cleaning Checklist in Word format.

Kitchen Cleaning

Clean cabinets, drawers and doors inside and out
Clean microwave inside and out
Range, hood, filter and fan
Clean oven inside, outside, and underneath
Clean refrigerator inside, outside, and underneath
Scrub sink, faucet, and countertops
Vacuum and mop floor
Clean windows and window sill
Dust and remove cobwebs
Clean and dust lighting and other fixtures
Wipe down baseboards

Bathroom Cleaning

Clean shower, tub, and faucet
Clean sink, countertops, and faucet
Clean the toilet inside and outside
Wipe down and clean cabinets and drawers inside and out
Clean fixtures and towel bar
Mop floor
Clean mirror and any windows and window sill
Wipe down baseboards

Living Areas

Vacuum carpets and stairs
Clean all windows and window sills
Wipe down baseboards
Mop entryways and other hard surface floors
Dust and remove cobwebs
Wipe down walls
Clean fireplace
Door knobs throughout the house
Electrical outlets throughout the house
Clean and dust blinds
Wipe down lighting and fixtures
Wipe down inside and outside of doors
Clean laundry area - top front, sides, inside and under machines (if staying in home)

Outside Areas

Clean and sweep front porch, clean outside of door
Clean and sweep patio, clean outside of door
Clean out any storage areas
Any outside lights by the front door, back door, patios, etc.

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