TIPS FOR CLEANING A RENTAL HOME WHEN YOU MOVE OUT
Moving out is already hard on its own. There’s all that packing and making sure that the boxes are properly sealed. You wouldn’t want anything fragile to break.
Most apartments and other rental homes have the same rule when it comes to moving out. If you leave a mess behind, you’re not getting your deposit back and most of us like getting our money back.
Our team is ready to clean your rental home as soon as you contact Maid 4 Cleaning. If you’re rushed for time, don’t stress, here are some tips on making sure your place is clean.
1. CONTACT THE UTILITY OFFICES
This is a no-brainer, really. If you forget to turn off things such as the water and electricity, your former landlord will probably bill you for those costs.
2. REMOVE ANY NAILS FROM THE WALLS
A lot of us have done this. I know I have! But my room just won’t feel like my own without my signed Everclear poster. Once you’ve successfully removed all of the nails, go through each room and remove any scuff marks on the walls, floors, or doors. You can use a magic eraser or soap and water for this.
3. CLEAN THE KITCHEN
Start off by filling the sink with warm water and be sure to add dish detergent to the water. Make sure all of the dishes are washed and put away in their correct places. Once you have done so, you can sweep and mop the floor and move onto cleaning the cupboards, microwave, and other utensils.
Remove all of the shelves and drawers from the refrigerator and freezer and place them in the dishwasher. You can also wash them by hand if you prefer.
Dip a sponge or rag into the dishwater and wipe down the inside of the refrigerator and freezer, being certain to remove any gunk. Don’t forget the little compartments as well.
Once you have finished, wipe down all of the shelves, dry the shelves, and place them back in the refrigerator.
You can simply use an oven cleaner to get this job done. Read the safety directions carefully, many oven cleaners require protective equipment and strong ventilation. Do NOT ignore the directions on the can.
Place newspaper in front of the oven, in order to protect your floor from dripping cleaner. Evenly apply both cans to the inside of the oven, the grates, the broiler sheets, etc. Throw the drip pans from the stove in there and coat them too. Let sit for 24 hours.
Do not turn on the oven! Using a sponge and paper towels, wipe down all surfaces. Rinse with clean water. Clean the vent above the stove and be certain that the light bulb in the overhead hood still works.
You can also try using baking soda on the oven and other organic home cleaning solutions if you are looking for natural solutions that don’t require the use of chemicals.
4. CLEAN THE BATHROOMS
Thoroughly clean the sink, tub, toilet and shower. Clean the mirrors, medicine cabinet, and any vents or light fixtures. Check to make sure the light fixtures are clean and that the light bulbs work.
Once you have tackled all of the appliances in the bathroom, you can sweep and mop the floor. Remember to repeat these step for each bathroom.
5. TAKE PICTURES
This particular tip is for just in case something goes wrong. Send the photos with a written description to the landlord or property manager and ask them to sign off on it. Send one to yourself at the same time.
If the landlord or property manager won’t sign off, the postmark on the envelope may help prove the date the apartment was cleaned.