Moving is an overwhelming and exhausting process, from finding a new place to hiring a professional packing and moving company and completing all the necessary paperwork for the old and new rentals. It’s common for renters to overlook important details such as cleaning prior to moving out.
If you are living in a rental property and are in the middle of moving out, now is the time for you to start cleaning. Most landlords ask for a move-in deposit that will cover any dirt or damage left behind once you decide to move out. With foolproof cleaning tips, you can guarantee a passed inspection and get your deposit back in no time.
1. Plan Ahead and Make a Schedule
Packing up and cleaning before moving out is a massive undertaking. Thus, it is crucial for you to plan properly. Map out your time well. Set deadlines for certain tasks like cleaning out the fridge and packing up the spare bedroom.
Get as much move-out cleaning done as early as possible while still having ease of access to the necessities and comforts you need until you move out completely.
2. Have a Cleaning Checklist
The number of cleaning tasks at hand can be overwhelming. Instead of having a mental to-do list, you need to have a written cleaning checklist. There are actually some useful cleaning checklists you can find online. You just have to print one out and check off the items you have completed.
Typically, these are some of the basic cleaning tasks you must accomplish:
- Wash the windows inside and out
- Wipe baseboards with a washcloth and soapy water
- Dust off any obscure areas like air vents, ceiling corners, and tops of ceiling fans
- Scour the bathroom
3. Pay Attention to the Bathroom and Kitchen
Bathrooms and kitchens are among the most distinct rooms in a house. And since they have unique functions, they are also the easiest to get messed up and dirty. So you need to spend more time ensuring that all corners of these two rooms are spotless.
4. Think like a Landlord
Most landlords care much more about the property’s cleanliness than you do. They are the ones who will present the rental property to the next tenants so it should be left perfectly clean.
After you are done with cleaning, wear your landlord goggles and inspect the entire house. Look for small damages or dirt that can raise a red flag. Before locking the door for good, make sure to eliminate all those red flags. One of the most overlooked areas is the door frame so make sure to clean it before giving the keys to your landlord.
5. Focus on Curb Appeal
If you rented a house with a yard, it is crucial to spend time cleaning the outside area. If you moved into the house with pleasant curb appeal, it is expected that you leave it in the same state.
So get outside and mow the lawn, weed the garden, and trim the shrubs and trees. You can go an extra mile by planting some new flowers or watering the grass more often before moving out. When your car has leaked oil, make sure to clean off the driveway with a pressure washer.
6. Seek Professional Help
Hiring a cleaning company can be your best option if you have a picky landlord. If you are unsure about passing the inspection, even after devoting a lot of time to the cleanup process, experts can also do the cleaning for you. Your landlord will find it hard to argue over a professional cleaning job.
Make your move easier and stress-free with the help of professionals, such as expert cleaners and movers. A moving company can help you transport all your belongings to your next home, safely and efficiently. They may also offer reliable storage services for things you don’t need as yet.
There are other things you must do to increase the possibility of receiving a full refund of your security deposit from your landlord:
- Review your lease to know everything required for moving out.
- Look for any pictures you might have taken before you moved in so you know what items (such as repairs and replacements) you are responsible for, and what the landlord should take care of.
- Make sure that the rental property is in its original shape, and get professional help if you need to.
Chris Humphrey is the General Manager of Easytruck Moving & Storage. In 2013, the company combined their expertise in professional moving services & storage to create an entirely new approach to the business – and mobile storage was born! Easytruck now operates over 30,000 sqft of air-conditioned facilities in three convenient locations in Dubai and is the only Mobile Storage operator in the UAE.