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The Ultimate Deep Cleaning Checklist for Moving Out of Your Rental

Tenant Cleaning Light Fixture in Costa Mesa RentalAre you leaving your Costa Mesa rental home or apartment any time soon? If so, you must perform a thorough cleaning before you leave in order to receive your security deposit! This checklist will assist you in completing the task in a timely and effective manner. Follow these procedures to leave your rental property spotless and increase your chances of receiving your entire security deposit back.

  1. Begin by decluttering your rental home or apartment. Trash everything you do not want or don’t need. This will make cleaning up much easier.
  2. Remove any nails from the walls and patch holes. You’ll need to take everything down, remove the nails or screws, and fill the holes with some lightweight spackle if you used nails to hang anything in your rental home, from artwork to clocks to TV mounts.
  3. Dust ceiling fans and light fixtures. The process of dusting ceiling fans and light fixtures is one that is frequently forgotten. Dust every blade of every ceiling fan and every component of every light fixture in your rental home or apartment. Carefully remove and wash any glass coverings from enclosed light fixtures, then dry them well before returning them.
  4. Wipe down walls and doors. In your rental home or apartment, it’s critical to wipe clean all of the walls and doors. Any fingerprints, smudges, or grime that has gathered over time will be removed with this method.
  5. Clean baseboards and trim. When it comes to cleaning, baseboards and trim are often forgotten. Wipe them down with a moist cloth or a duster.
  6. Wipe down every cupboard, cabinet, and drawer. Remove all items from the cupboards, cabinets, and drawers in your rental home or apartment. Wipe each one down on the inside and out. Wash any removable shelf in the sink if at all possible.
  7. Clean windows and mirrors. Cleaning the inside and outside of windows and mirrors is recommended. Inside all windows and mirrors, clean them with a glass cleaner. For the outside, you may require a stronger cleaner or possibly a high-pressure washer.
  8. Wash blinds and window coverings. Similarly, blinds and window coverings will require a thorough cleaning. Dust the blinds with a duster or vacuum attachment, and then clean them with soap and water. Window curtains may typically be washed in the washing machine.
  9. Deep clean the bathrooms. Don’t forget to deep clean all of the sinks, showers, tubs, and toilets in your rental home. It may take a little scrubbing to get it done. Ensure that you use a powerful cleanser and scrub all surfaces thoroughly.
  10. Scrub kitchen appliances inside and out. Every kitchen device, from the oven to the microwave to the refrigerator, should be completely cleaned before you move out. Make sure the fridge is empty, that all shelves and drawers are removed, and that every inch is scrubbed. For each type of equipment, use the proper cleaning chemicals, and make sure not to forget to wipe the outside! To reach any difficult-to-clean areas, you may need to use a soft bristle brush.
  11. Sweep, mop, and vacuum all floors. Deep cleaning all of the floors in your rented house is one of the final stages. Sweep the floor first, followed by mopping or vacuuming. Don’t forget to clean under furniture and appliances as well as other inaccessible areas!
  12. Take out the trash. Finally, empty your rental home or apartment of all waste. Any trash in bins, cupboards, or drawers is included. Before departing, if at all possible, place all waste in the recycling and compost bins.

Following these instructions will allow you to deep clean your rented home or apartment quickly and effectively. It’s not easy to move, but with some effort and foresight, your Costa Mesa property manager will be able to return as much of your deposit as possible.


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