Apartment move-out checklist

Apartment move-out checklist

November 14th, 2012   •   No Comments   

Most of us have lived in an apartment building at some point in our lives, so we are all too familiar of that dreaded move-out cleaning task.  As if moving in and of itself weren’t stressful enough!  It has to be done though, but not until everything has been moved off to our new space. How can you be motivated to do a deep cleaning when you are excited about decorating the new space?  Here in lies the problem for most of us.

Even for those total neat freaks, the items the apartment manager will bill you for are items that can be easily overlooked. If your place is just surface dirty and not damaged, how well you clean could be the difference between getting back your deposit money.  Rather than have your apartment manager hold on to your money, my suggestion is to hire a commercial cleaning company to do the dirty work for you, so you can start enjoying your new space and get that deposit back in your hands. But for those of you not afraid to get your hands dirty, here is an apartment move-out checklist of items not to forget as you prepare your apartment for one final inspection.

Everywhere:

  • Take all nails and screws out of the walls and ceiling and putty them smoothly.
  • Dust the ceiling fans and light fixtures.
  • Dust all ledges and baseboards.
  • Clean the windows.
  • Clean the door knobs and doors.
  • Vacuum all carpeted areas (if your carpet is heavily stained, I suggest you get the carpet professionally cleaned).
  • Get rid of all cobwebs.

Kitchen:

  • Clean out all cabinets and remove liners.
  • Wash the front of the cabinets.
  • Clean and disinfect all countertops.
  • Clean and polish all appliances, including the sink, refrigerator, oven, microwave, etc.
  • Scrub the refrigerator inside and out. Remove all shelves and clean separately.
  • Scrub the oven inside and out. Remove shelving, drip pans and burners. This task in and of itself is worth hiring a professional service.
  • Clean out the dishwasher.
  • Don’t forget to move all appliances and sweep behind them.

Bathroom(s):

  • Scrub soap scum off the bathroom tiles and tub/shower and bleach the grout.
  • Clean out the bathroom drawers and vanity and remove liners.
  • Clean the toilet, sink, countertop and sweep and mop the floor.
  • Clean the mirror.
  • Vacuum out the surface of the exhaust fan if super dusty.

Lastly, mop from the furthest point in the apartment and right out the front door and kiss that place goodbye! Return the keys to the apartment manager and start enjoying your new space!

If you are looking for a professional team to take care of your apartment move-out cleaning needs, hire a company experienced in these types of jobs.  Austin Professional Cleaning Services has tons of apartment move-out cleaning experience. Let us service yours today!

 

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