How to Clean When Moving from Your Rental

Are you moving out of your rental property? It’s essential to clean your place after you move out to prepare it for the next occupant. And if you are renting, this is particularly important because you want to get as much of your deposit back as possible.

Cleaning is one of the least enjoyable parts of the moving process. However, you can make it a little more efficient and less tedious by following the steps below.

Moving Out? Use These Cleaning Tips

1. Don’t clean more than you have to.

Cleaning up after yourself is undoubtedly a courtesy you should offer those that come in after you. But try not to go overboard, especially if you are renting.

Landlords usually have policies about how they handle cleaning rentals after tenants move out. Some landlords automatically charge a cleaning fee, either upfront or taken from your deposit – no matter how well you cleaned the rental.

Check your lease to verify what the cleaning policies are. That way, you avoid doing extra work you are already paying someone else to do.

2. Gather cleaning equipment and supplies before you start.

There are few things more annoying than being up to your elbows in a cleaning project, only to find you don’t have the things you need to finish. Don’t set yourself up for frustration. Make sure you have the right supplies.

Make a list of all of the things you might need to get the job done and pick them up first. You might find it easier to keep all of your cleaning products in a caddy designed explicitly for them.

Here are some commonly used cleaning products to have on hand:


  • Paper towels and cleaning cloths
  • Broom and dustpan
  • Vacuum cleaner
  • Carpet cleaner
  • Glass cleaner
  • Toilet bowl cleaner
  • Surface cleaner
  • Disinfectant
  • Oven cleaner

3. Plan your cleaning project.

It might seem funny to go so far as to make a cleaning plan, but it really can help. You are going to be going through an empty house or apartment and trying to clean every area. It’s easy to miss something.

You can make things easier on yourself by writing out a list of what you will clean. You may even want to plan what order to clean things in. For example, dusting and cleaning surfaces may knock stuff on the floor. Wait to vacuum and mop until after you do the surfaces.

4. Know that it’s ok to hire someone to do the job.

Depending on your personality, you might make it a point of pride that you do your cleaning. Or, you may just want to save as much money as possible. Just keep in mind that – like hiring movers – hiring professional cleaners can get you better results and save time.

You can hire cleaners to do a deep clean of the whole house or just to clean the areas that you really don’t like cleaning.

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