Get Your Deposit Back: What to Clean Before You Move Out

Game of Thrones may be back, but forget winter – summer is coming! For many, that means the daunting task of moving into a new apartment. Whether you’re relocating for more space, to be closer to work or just because you can, cleaning out your apartment should not be taken lightly. Make sure to give yourself at least a week to properly clean your place and follow the Move For Free Move-Out Checklist for a fighting chance at getting that elusive deposit back.

  • First things first, move your things out. Scheduling your move-in date to hit a week or two before your move-out date is an ideal situation.
  • Now that your apartment is empty, remove nails, screws and hooks from your walls. Putty over any obvious holes or rub a white bar of soap over them to fill them in.
  • Dust all ledges, blinds, ceiling fixtures, crown molding, walls and baseboards. If possible, get the hepa filter dog allergies and use it on every nook and cranny.
  • Clean your baseboards with a solution of warm water and dish soap. Q-tips are great tools for cleaning tight corners.
  • In the kitchen, make sure all appliances are empty and clean. Your oven, built-in microwave and refrigerator should all be deep cleaned.
  • Wipe down every cabinet and countertop in the apartment.
  • In the bathroom, thoroughly clean the bathtub, shower toilet and sink. Don’t ignore the grout lines between tiles! Also, if the toilet seat is worse for wear, you can purchase an inexpensive, matching replacement.
  • Windex all glass, mirrors and windows until they shine.
  • Last, but not least, vacuum all carpeting in the apartment. If necessary, have it deep cleaned by carpet cleaning professionals. Always save this step for last so your freshly cleaned carpet doesn’t get dirty again from all of the moving and other cleaning.

A good rule of thumb for cleaning your apartment is to make it look the way you want your new apartment to appear when first moving in. To collect your trash after cleaning your apartment, you contact an estate cleanout services company. If there are things that would bother you as a new renter, fix them! If you take the time and care to leave a spotless apartment, the management is more than likely to reimburse your deposit. Good luck and happy cleaning!

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