Besides making sure that you cancel your utilities and change your address, you want to make sure that your apartment is in great shape so you can get back your apartment deposit. So, what all do you need to do for the final clean up in your apartment before you move out?
1. Patch Up Your Walls
If you put up pictures or artwork with something like a removable adhesive, make sure to remove all the adhesive and clean up any oily stains with a citrus based cleaner. Make sure to remove all nails and screws then fill in those holes with some spackle or wall joint compound. Once all those holes are filled in and dried, sand down the area.
If there are other stains from food and dirt, or even from furniture rubbing against a wall, try to clean up these marks and restore your walls to their original condition.
2. Empty All Cabinets, Closets, Pantries and Shelves
Don’t leave medicine in the bathroom, knickknacks on shelves or old food in the pantry. Make sure to check all the built-in storage in your apartment for personal items, and if you don’t want to keep it, just throw it away. Leaving less work for your landlord makes for a happy landlord.
3. Clean EVERYTHING
Saving your landlord time by cleaning all over your apartment will help you as you transition out of your apartment and try to make sure you get your deposit back.
Some areas to make sure you’ve thoroughly cleaned in your apartment include:
- Refrigerator and all its shelves and drawers
- Oven and stovetop
- Inside kitchen cabinets and pantries for any crumbs or sticky substances
- Kitchen sink
- All windows and mirrors
- Dusty areas like ceiling fans, windowsills and on top of cabinets and shelves
- Any outside areas like a balcony or patio
- Exterior door
Don’t forget to clean your floors either. If you have carpet, consider deep cleaning your carpet or getting it professionally cleaned. If you have hard surface flooring, sweep and clean your floor and repair any scratches that may have occurred.
4. Take Pictures of the Apartment
In case your landlord tries to say that you have damaged the apartment, make sure you have a picture record of the state in which you’re leaving the apartment. Also, write a description of how you’re leaving the apartment so that you take note of specific details.
5. Schedule a Walkthrough with Your Landlord
Schedule a time with your landlord or apartment manager to make sure that you’ve covered everything before you move out. You want to confirm with them that you’ve cleaned to their expectations and confirm that you will get your full deposit back. You also want them to sign off on the photos and apartment description that you created in step 4 to make sure that you are both in agreement on the state of the apartment.
6. Give Back Your Keys
Make sure you don’t hold on to the keys. Whether it’s your move out day or the last day of your lease, return your apartment keys to your apartment manager or your landlord.
As you move out, make sure to check your lease agreement for any other details that you might need to take care of. You don’t want to leave anything unaddressed as you get ready to move into the home of your dreams!