Moving is always stressful, but when you rent a house or apartment, it can be even harder. Like any person, you have to find an experienced moving company to get your belongings safely to your new house. But you also have to get your rental ready for your landlord’s final walkthrough. Otherwise, you risk losing your security deposit. Use this simple cleaning checklist
to better increase your chances of getting your security deposit back.
Check Your Lease Agreement
Before you start cleaning, you should check the lease agreement to see if there are specific tasks your landlord expects you to do before you move out. In most cases, this will involve having the carpet professionally cleaned or getting the chimney swept. But every lease is different. Look for the move-out clause and see what your landlord wants you to do.
Clean the Floors
Even if your landlord doesn’t expect you to get the floors professionally cleaned, you’ll still need to clean them thoroughly. Vacuum all carpet as completely as you can. Then, spot clean any carpet stains you find. The less visible damage you have, the better off you’ll be. For hard floors, sweep the area with a soft broom and mop it with a good all-purpose cleaner. If you have hardwood floors, use a dedicated hardwood floor cleaner to avoid damaging the finish.
Scrub the Walls
In the kitchen, food debris and cooking oil can go everywhere. And in the bathroom, soap scum can collect on the shower walls in no time flat. All that buildup can make even the cleanest home look dingy. Use a good all-purpose cleaner to wipe away buildup on tile, vinyl, and treated cabinets. Dilute one cup of white vinegar with one cup of water and fill a spray bottle. Use this and a microfiber cloth to clean painted walls in those high-use areas.
Spackle the Holes in the Walls
If you’ve had any type of artwork up on the walls, you probably have some nail holes or remaining screws making the room look a bit run down. Start by removing all nails, screws, and hooks from the wall. Then, apply a small amount of spackle to cover the holes and fill in the damage. If you have white walls, this is all you’ll need to do. If you have painted walls, you’ll want to touch up those spots to blend them in with the rest of the wall. Once you’re done, your space will look much more polished and your landlord will be less likely to call you on minor issues.
Every landlord is different. The requirements they have for moving out of your home will be outlined in your lease. By meeting those requirements and leaving the rental in better shape than it was in when you moved, you’ll increase your chances of getting your security deposit back and leave with a good rental reference on your record.
With your security deposit in hand, you’ll be able to focus on moving into your new home. Just make sure you let the pros handle the heavy lifting. Contact us to schedule an estimate