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Move Out Cleaning Checklist

When moving out, it is a good idea to make sure that the place has been properly cleaned. Many people out there don’t know where to get started because they have not done it before. One mistake many renters make is not paying close attention to the details on vacating the space when signing the lease. Many people are usually eager to move in, and they don’t see why they should give the lease details a second thought. Some leases stipulate that space needs to be cleaned up before handing over the keys, or else you risk not getting your security deposit back. Before you hand back the keys, here is a move out cleaning requirement that is going to help you.


  • Taking out screws and nails out of the walls and the ceiling then putty the holes
  • Dusting the ceiling fixtures
  • Cleaning the doors and the doorknobs
  • Cleaning the windows
  • Cleaning all the outlets and light switches
  • Vacuuming the carpet to get any stains out, or you can have it cleaned by professionals
  • Cleaning the baseboards and the walls
  • Getting rid of cobwebs


  • Getting soap scum on the tiles and shower and bleaching the grout
  • Cleaning the toilet, countertop, sink, and then the floor (sweeping and mopping it). If you notice the toilet seat looking unsavory, then consider replacing it
  • Cleaning out the vanity and bathroom drawers, ensuring there is no hair (removing liners)
  • Cleaning the mirror
  • Checking whether the surface of the exhaust fan is dusty, then vacuuming the surface


  • Cleaning out the cabinets and liners
  • Cleaning and disinfecting countertops
  • Washing the front of cabinets
  • Cleaning and shining up the sink and faucet
  • Scrubbing the inside and out of the oven. Remove drip pans, shelving, and burners. Steel wool is going to be very helpful when cleaning the oven
  • Scrubbing the fridge inside and out. When cleaning the fridge, try removing shelves then clean them separately
  • Removing the appliances then sweeping behind them
  • If there is a dishwasher, clean it out
  • Cleaning the exhaust fan if need be

Living Room/ Bedrooms:

  • Dusting, sweeping, vacuuming, and mopping the empty rooms


  • Make sure the garage is empty and clean


  • Pulling weeds
  • Cutting the grass
  • Scrubbing the porch stairs and make sure there are not grass stains
  • Removing anything stuck or hanging in trees

When you clean using this checklist, then you will end up leaving the house very clean. If there are any other visible problems with the house, try dealing with it. The small issues tend to have a big impact. If there is a problem and you cannot do it yourself, then consider getting a calgary cleaners to do it for you.

There are those who choose to hire a cleaning service, but the above list is going to give you the same results, provided you do it right.