Moving to another house is a stressful event, which is frequently accompanied by many problems. One of the most problematic areas is cleaning. No one likes to clean the place after packing all the stuff and being exhausted. Yet, this must be done on your own or with the help of a special service.

In case you intend to clean the house yourself, you will have to take into account a lot of vital things. Your move out cleaning is expected to be perfect because someone else will move in after you. This informative article provides the most important insights for a renter’s cleaning checklist for moving out.

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Have a Checklist

The very first thing you need is to actually create a checklist. This step seems to be obvious, but it is frequently overlooked or underestimated. It is really helpful because it’s a roadmap of everything that must take place. When you have a good checklist, you will always know:

  • What must be done?
  • What should be used?
  • How to do that?
  • How much time is required?

Besides, you minimize the chance that you’ll forget about something important. The whole process will be organized. You will maintain discipline and will not miss a single detail. The next thing is to figure out what should be included in that checklist.

Bedroom Checklist

It’s better to move from the top to the first floor if you have a two-story house. Bedrooms are commonly located at the top. This systematic approach is wise because when moving from the top downwards, you avoid dust and debris. Here are important things to consider when cleaning a bedroom:

  • Ensure the surface in your bedroom is crystal clear
  • Pay attention to the walls
  • Refresh baseboard
  • Be sure all the mirrors are clean, and the glass is protected (mirrors should be streak-free)
  • Sanitize all the areas
  • Empty all garbage bins and get rid of any possible waste

Finally, you need to clean the carpets and rugs. Take care of the floor with a vacuum cleaner. You can even use a washing vacuum cleaner to make the floor shine.

Bathroom Checklist

Next comes a bathroom, and this room may add some pain to the whole process. Although it’s a smaller room than others, you’ll have to spend a lot of time and strength to clean it out. You’ll have to deal with many tiny items and sanitize all the areas. Some of them are hard to reach and clean. Make allowances for the following recommendations:

  • Ensure deep clean of all the areas
  • Sanitize the bathtub, shower walls, and glass doors
  • Give all the areas a gleaming effect
  • Take care of the sink, shower, bath, etc.
  • Give close heed to the toilet because it’s always the dirtiest space in a bathroom
  • Make sure the mirror is free of streaks and it shines
  • Dust countertops and shelves
  • Disinfect everything scrupulously
  • Get rid of any waste over there
  • Wipe down all the walls

Finally, vacuum and wash the floor. This room is expected to be shiny. Many people evaluate the cleanliness of a house or apartment when they check a bathroom.

Kitchen Checklist

Another room with a lot of different items (big and diminutive) and difficult-to-reach areas is definitely a kitchen. You’ll need to apply a smart strategy to make the effort as easy as possible. Many renters claim that kitchen cleaning out is the toughest part of any moving out. Here are the key steps to keep in mind:

  • You should clean inside and outside major appliances with great caution and effort
  • Dust the countertops and cabinets from all sides
  • Give close heed to sinks and backsplashes as they are commonly dirty
  • Restore the shine everywhere

As you’ve already understood, the last stage is to vacuum and wash the floor.

Living Areas Checklist

You should deal with the living areas as well. The main hardship in those areas is all types of furniture. Frequently, renters have to clean different tiny areas that are under sofas, armchairs, etc. Here is a checklist for living areas:

  • Dust all the surfaces (high and low)
  • Remove accumulated dust from the spaces that were covered with furniture
  • Make sure all the mirrors and windows are free of streaks
  • Clean down walls and baseboards

Finishing the floor is your last step there.

Key Areas to Clean

It’s necessary to mention all the areas. You should realize that even laundry should not be omitted. Otherwise, other people may not want to move in. Check them here below:

  • Floors and Stairs
  • Walls
  • Kitchen Area
  • Bathroom Area
  • Laundry Room
  • Garages and Patios

You should pay attention to the interior and exterior of the house. Everything is supposed to be flawless. Create a checklist of cleaning essentials as well. Thus, you’ll surely have everything you may require close at hand. These are broom, dustpan, vacuum cleaner, mop, bucket, wipe, bathroom cleaner, sponge, and many other essentials. Each has its destination and helps to clean a definite room or area.

Set a deadline, too. It will help to control your time management to never be late. Make sure you set realistic deadlines!

The Bottom Line

Cleaning when moving out is a real challenge for any renter. Luckily, you have this guide to understand what it takes to make this process simpler. Use these tips and your cleaning will not be that awful!

We hope you found this blog post The Ultimate Spring House Cleaning Checklist useful. Be sure to check out our post Detailed Move Out Cleaning Checklist You Should Know for more great tips!


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