|If you're planning to move out of your rental when your lease ends, you'll certainly want to ensure the full return of your security deposit! While most leases account for normal wear and tear, thoroughly cleaning your apartment and making small repairs is important to guarantee your deposit is completely returned.
Move everything out first
The easiest way to get your apartment spick and span is to clean it after everything is hauled out. You will be able to easily access every nook and cranny without your stuff getting in the way.
Clean top to bottom
Always clean high-reaching places first--the cabinet tops, high shelves, light fixtures, and ceiling corners. This way, you won't cover your clean floors and other surfaces with the dust and dirt from above.
Have the carpets shampooed
If your apartment has carpeting installed, it probably looks pretty dingy by now. If you have accumulated any unsightly stains or discolourations, it's a good idea to rent a carpet shampooer to give the rugs a deep cleaning.
Dust, sweep, and mop
Be sure to thoroughly dust and wipe down all surfaces, including counters, cabinets, door knobs, switch plates, and fixtures. Sweep and mop any tiled, linoleum, or wood floors.
Clean the bathroom
The bathroom usually requires the most attention when cleaning. Be sure to take care of the following:
- Scrub soap scum off the tiles, tub, and shower and bleach the grout.
- Wipe down the sink, counter, bathroom drawers, the inside of your vanity, and the mirror.
- Scrub the inside of your toilet with a brush and wipe down the outside and the seat.
- If you have an exhaust fan, vacuum out the dust.
Clean the refrigerator
Make sure you empty all food out of your fridge before you move--it's a good idea to try and use up as much food as possible in the weeks leading up to your move to minimize waste. Scrubs all of the shelves, drawers, and the door compartments with a sponge sprinkled in baking soda to eliminate food particulars, stains, and odors.
Fix any holes in the walls
If you have hung any pictures, wall art, mirrors, shelving, or other items on the wall, it's a good idea to remove all nails, screws, brackets, or other adhesives. Fill any holes with spackling paste and spread it with a putty knife. Finish by lightly sanding the spot with a small piece of sandpaper to leave the wall smooth and flat.