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How To Clean Your Rental Property After Moving Out

October 05,2022

When leaving a rented building, you want your former home to be in the same condition as when you moved in. Getting to that point takes more than just cleaning the main areas of the house. When getting ready to move out of a rental property, anticipate a lot of extra work that comes with cleaning your property from top to bottom. Whether you are a business owner, homeowner, or renter — hiring a local mover to help move so you can clean the location relieves stress. Let the professionals at National Movers take this off your hands.

Start From the Top

The best way to clean your rental property after you move out is to start from the top. This means you should start cleaning from the ceiling, work down, and do the floors. Cobwebs and dust gather in high places, so these must be cleaned. If you clean them last, the debris will fall onto your already clean surfaces, and you will need to start again.

Remove Cobwebs From the Ceiling and Corners

Cobwebs will make your home appear dirty and unkempt. You can easily remove cobwebs with a broom or vacuum cleaner and use an upholstery attachment if you have one on your vacuum cleaner. If you have trouble removing cobwebs, use a bulb duster filled with water or an all-purpose cleaner that contains ammonia.

Dust Window Coverings and Fixtures

This will include blinds, drapes, and curtains. If there are any cobwebs or dust on them, use a feather duster or vacuum cleaner with an attachment that can be used on delicate surfaces; otherwise, just wipe them down with a damp cloth.

Wash Windows

After this has been done, wash all the windows in your rental property using glass cleaner mixed with water (one part cleaner to three parts water). If any stains or spots on the glass won't come off easily, use a squeegee or newspaper (if it's not too dirty) to wipe off as much as possible before rewashing them.

Patch Nail Holes

If you've removed nails or screws from walls or woodwork during your move, be sure to patch the holes before vacating the property. You can buy repair putty at any hardware store. Simply fill each hole with the dry putty and let it dry completely before painting over it.

Replace Burnt Out Lightbulbs

When moving into a new home, it's easy to forget about light bulbs that burn out over time. These lamps can be expensive to replace and may not be included in your security deposit if they are defective. Replace any burnt-out bulbs before your next tenant moves in. You might also want to include a few extra light bulbs with your inventory to prepare for emergencies.

Clean Walls and Baseboards

If there is any dirt or dust on the baseboards in your rental property, you must remove it before handing back your keys to the landlord. You can do this using warm water, an all-purpose cleaner, or a microfiber cloth. Cleaning the walls is also essential because they can quickly become dirty if guests use them as a place to put down their drinks or food containers. If guests leave behind their drinks and food containers on the walls of your rental property, it will be very difficult to clean them off later on down the road when it comes time for you to move out.

Clean Carpets

Carpets can get dirty pretty quickly if they aren't vacuumed regularly. Whether you have wall-to-wall or area rugs, vacuum all the carpeted areas in your home before moving out. This will ensure that there isn't any dirt lying around on the carpet when you leave and that it smells good when the new tenants move in.

Vacuum and Mop Hard Floors

The first step in cleaning your rental property is to vacuum the carpets and mop the hardwood floors. Vacuuming the carpets will remove dust, dirt, and other particles that have built up since you last performed this task. We recommend using a vacuum with a beater bar so that you can ensure that all of the dirt is removed from the carpet fibers. After vacuuming, mop floors with a solution of warm water and vinegar to remove any residual dirt.

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Over time, your rental property will likely accumulate dirt and dust, and this buildup can harm your lease agreement and, ultimately, negatively impact your property's value. As such, cleaning is essential to maintaining your property and keeping it in good shape when you decide to sell. Thankfully, cleaning your home after moving out is a simple process. Following a few guidelines, you should be able to thoroughly clean your rental property within just a few hours. National Movers is a local moving company dedicated to making your move as stressless as possible.