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By The Cleaning Lady


Moving out can be an incredibly stressful process, especially if you’ve been renting. Not leaving your old home in good condition can result in fees and a deduction from your original security deposit. Follow this ultimate checklist and you won’t miss a single important task as you prepare to make your next move.

Preparing for your big cleanup

Before you start cleaning, declutter each room by packing up belongings and removing any furniture you’re taking with you. This will give you easy access to all areas requiring a thorough cleaning. Having clear spaces to work in will allow you to clean more efficiently as moving day approaches.

What supplies do you need?

Make sure you have the right cleaning supplies on hand to do the job. Must-haves include rags, mops, a vacuum, cleaning solutions, and gloves. Have laundry baskets or boxes to sort and remove items.

Your ultimate move out cleaning checklist


The kitchen is a high-traffic area that requires a deep clean. Start by completely clearing out all cabinets, drawers, and the pantry then wipe down inside and out. Next, tackle your oven and give the interior thorough cleaning. Your stovetop and burners also need degreasing. 

All countertops should be scrubbed and disinfected. Don’t forget to clean out the inside of your microwave and wipe down the exterior of your fridge. Finally, mop the floors using a high-quality cleaning solution to cut through any dirt and grime.


Before you move, your bathrooms require intense sanitization. First, disinfect toilets, tubs, and showers then scrub away any built-up grime or stains. Next, wipe down all countertops, sinks, and cabinets. 

Be sure to clear out and clean inside any drawers or cabinets as well. Clean your mirrors until they’re streak-free and mop floors using a disinfectant. Finally, use an old toilet brush to tackle any stubborn stains in your tub/shower stall or toilet.

Living room and bedrooms

Don’t overlook your living room and bedrooms! Get deep into the corners and edges by vacuuming all carpeted areas thoroughly. Wipe down baseboards to remove tough dust and dirt. Spot clean any marks on your walls and doors. 

Clean out ceiling fan blades and light fixtures. Clear out your closets fully (nothing left behind!) and wipe down all shelving. Finally, clean your windows including their sills and tracks. 

Your final walkthrough

Once you’ve thoroughly cleaned every room, do a slow and intentional walkthrough of your entire unit. Check all the tight spaces to make sure you didn’t miss any nooks or crannies. It can also be helpful to have a friend or family member double check your work.
Take photos to document the condition you’re leaving the property in. If necessary, make any minor repairs like patching any holes made from nailing your walls. Doing all of the above should make your next move less tiring and increase your chances of getting a full refund of your security deposit. But if all of this sounds overwhelming, you can consider hiring professional move out cleaners, too.