Move Out Cleaning Guide

Not sure what all to clean? Here’s a guide detailing how to return your unit to the best condition possible.

For the Entire Unit

  • Clean all windows
  • Vacuum/sweep AND Mop/Swiffer all hardwood floors (get the sticky stuff up)
  • Use “Mr. Clean Magic Eraser” to remove scuffs from walls throughout the house
  • Wipe down all light switches and Doors, removing finger smudges
  • Wipe down all heating radiators
  • Wipe down/dust all baseboards, window sills, light switches, outlets, doors
  • Wipe down all AC vents – remove dust from surrounding area
  • Replace all burnt-out light bulbs
  • Close all windows
  • Put screens back in windows
  • Patch any nail holes in walls with wall filler
  • Remove any cobwebs from the ceiling with a broom
  • Clean out any fireplaces
  • Remove all trash from premises
  • All carpeting must be vacuumed and shampooed
  • Clean all blinds


  • Everything from “Entire Unit” section
  • Scrub kitchen walls (especially near trash can) – be careful not to remove the paint
  • Wipe down all cabinets and drawers (inside and out)
  • Remove finger smudges from cabinets
  • Clean/dust above cabinets
  • Clean/dust top of fridge
  • Reinstall any removed smoke detectors that you removed, ensure working batteries
  • Remove all food/non-food from cabinets and fridge/freezer
  • Clean the fridge/freezer with cleaner and WARM water
  • Run the dishwasher empty in “sanitize” mode
  • Clean microwave
  • Clean the oven and range (may require “Easy-Off Oven Cleaner” spray)
  • Clean inside garbage disposal with special disposal cleaning agent. Remove any debris that might be causing noise (paperclips, coins, bone fragments, etc).

Dining Rooms:

  • Everything from “Entire Unit” section
  • Clean glass in hanging light fixture


  • Everything from “Entire Unit” section
  • Clean mold from shower tiles/grout/caulk. This may take 2-3 cleanings if mold is persistent. Try using a special Mold remover cleaner (ex. Tiles Mold and Mildew) or bleach
  • Scrub soap scum from tub walls
  • Clean sink
  • Clean mirror with glass cleaner
  • Clean/scrub Toilet thoroughly
  • Unclog shower if water is draining slow
  • Clean all fixtures (sink may need “CLR” – a cleaning product to remove hard water & lime buildup)
  • Replace burnt out light bulbs
  • Remove personal items from shower and cabinets
  • Clean cabinet shelves
  • Scrub tile floor with a brush and soap
  • Throw away the shower liner and curtain


  • Everything from “Entire Unit” section
  • Thoroughly clean/wipe down the closets, closet shelves, window sills


  • Clean-up Front yard of debris, weeds, and dead vegetation
  • Sweep Front porch, and then spray it down with garden hose.
  • Clean up yard, deck, and stairs of trash, leaves, fallen branches, and debris
  • Clean inside/outside of gas grill
  • Remove personal vehicles, motorcycles, or bikes from premise