When you move out of an apartment, you must get things back into shape in order to get your full deposit back. You must pay attention to all of the details because your landlord surely will. Here are some things that you should be sure to pay attention to.
- Oven/Stove: This is one of the places that will require the most attention. If your oven has drip pans, you should probably just go ahead and replace these. They only cost a few dollars and old ones are next to impossible to clean. Thoroughly wipe down every surface and then run the self clean cycle on the oven. Once it is complete and the oven has cooled, give it one more wipe down to remove the ashes left behind by the self cleaning.
- Refrigerators: Remove everything from the refrigerator and move it to your next place or dispose of it. If you were to leave even a can of soda in your fridge, most apartment managers would charge you for it. Remove all of the drawers and shelves and give the inside of the appliance a good wipe down. Clean all of the shelves and drawers and return them to the fridge.
- Cabinets/Counters: Remove everything from your cabinets and remove any shelf paper that you may have put down. Be sure to check on top of the cabinets so that you do not miss anything. Wipe the insides and outside of the cabinets with a general cleaner. Finish by wiping down your counter tops with a general cleaner.
- Floors: Sweep and then thoroughly mop your floors. When the floors are dry, take a rag soaked in cleaner or a sponge and wipe the baseboards.
- Showers/Tubs: Use a bathroom cleaner to scrub the shower walls and bathtub. Cleaners designed to remove soap scum will make short work of soap residue left behind on shower doors, walls and floors. When you are finished, spray the entire shower or tub with a mixture of bleach and water. This will kill any mold that may be growing in the shower walls or caulk (that gross black stuff). Use proper ventilation when working with bleach.
- Toilets: Nobody likes this part, but get your toilet squeaky clean with a toilet cleaner. Do not forget to get into all of the cracks and crevices around the toilet seat. Also pay attention to the base of the toilet where it meets the floor.
- Cabinets/Counters/Vanity: Remove everything in the cabinets and any shelf paper that you might have applied. Wipe down the insides and outside of the cabinet. Next, clean your mirror with window cleaner and then wipe down the faucet. Finish up by wiping down the counter top.
- Floors: Finish up by sweeping the floor and mopping it thoroughly. When the floor is dry, take a rag or sponge and wipe the baseboards clean.
- Ceiling Fans: Wipe down the blades of the fan and the vacuum motor. Don’t forget to pay attention to the light fixture, removing any dirt and bugs that may have gotten into it.
- Walls: Many spots on walls can easily be cleaned with a rag soaked in soapy water or a Mr Clean Magic Eraser. Be careful not to scrub too hard though or you will remove paint. Heavy spots will need to be touched up with paint.
- Baseboards: Go around your apartment or condo with a rag or sponge and wipe down all of the baseboards.
- Carpet: Have the carpet professionally cleaned. Professional cleaning will do the best job of removing deep down soil. It is not much more than the cost of doing it yourself with a rental.
- Storage Closets: Be sure to remove everything from your outside storage closet if you have one. Sweep out the closet thoroughly.
- Floors: Sweep your patio or balcony floors clean. If you have any stains on the floor or anything that might be sticky, clean them with a hose or a bucket of soapy water.