After you’ve packed all your belongings into boxes and moved your furniture out of your apartment, all that’s left to do is clean. Most apartment lease agreements state residents must leave their apartment in the same condition they found it on move-in day, and failure to do so could result in the loss of their security deposit. Nobody wants to lose their security deposit, so renters must give their apartment a deep clean on move-out day. Below, our comprehensive apartment cleaning checklist outlines all the necessary steps to cleaning out your apartment on a moving day.
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Remove Nails From Walls
Decorating your walls with pictures and artwork is a great way to make your apartment feel like home, just don’t forget to remove the nails from the walls on move-out day. If any nails, towel hooks, TV mounts, furniture anchors, or anything else has left a sizeable hole in your wall, consider patching the hole up. Removing nails from walls and patching up holes can help protect your security deposit and ensure you leave your old apartment in pristine condition.
Clear Out Cabinets
It’s easy to forget about clearing out your apartment’s cabinets while you’re focused on packing boxes, moving furniture, and cleaning out rooms. Accordingly, it’s essential to set aside some time to focus on cleaning out the inside of your apartment’s cabinets. Empty every cabinet or cupboard in your apartment and then wipe down their interiors to remove dust or grime. Remember to check the backend of your cupboards for any small cups or other items that might otherwise get left behind.
While living in an apartment, accidents, spills, and other messes that can stain a carpet are bound to happen. With a carpet steam cleaner, you can wash your apartment’s carpet and get it looking just like new. Additionally, you can remove old, hard-to-remove carpet stains by applying commercial carpet cleaner and letting it sit for a few minutes. Giving your carpet a deep clean can help prevent your apartment complex from charging you a carpet cleaning fee or fining you for a replacement.
Don’t Forget About Appliances
Don’t forget to dedicate ample time to deep cleaning your apartment’s appliances during the cleaning process. First, empty out your fridge and clean up any messes that may have been caused by spilled food. If your oven has an “auto clean” function, turn that on for a quick and convenient deep clean. However, if your oven doesn’t have an “auto clean” button, then make sure you scrub the inside of the oven clean of any crumbs or stains.
Don’t Leave Anything Behind
Some apartment complexes will charge you for anything left in your apartment after you’ve turned in your keys, so it’s important to ensure nothing is accidentally left behind. Once you’ve finished cleaning your apartment and loading up your moving truck, do one last walkthrough of your apartment to check if any items have accidentally been left behind.