Moving out of a rented property can be a rough and exhausting experience. Although there’re plenty of tasks you need to get out of the way, you need to ensure that your home is in pristine condition or you risk losing the security deposit you’ve initially given your landlord. It’s essential that you learn how to prepare for the move out inspection in order to get your bond back in full and walk away without damage fees.
Before beginning to clean, there’re a few things you need to take care of:
- Make sure to contact the utility companies and ask them to turn off the utilities (electricity, water, gas, etc.) in your name at the date when you’ll end the lease.
- Check if there’re any small repairs you can do to improve the look of your home – remove nails and staples and cover the holes with a filler. Finally, paint the areas using a matching paint.
- Remove all your furniture, items and belongings from the property – this will help optimise and speed up the following cleaning process, as there will be less objects to maneuver around.
Once ready, the London’s professional move out cleaners recommend the following actions.
- Refrigerator – remove food, shelves and crispers and wash them by hand or in the dishwasher. Wipe down the interior of the refrigerator and freezer to remove dirt and food build-up. Wipe down all shelves and once dried place them back in. Defrost the refrigerator and leave it switched off.
- Oven – before attempting to clean the oven, read the safety instructions carefully and follow them to the letter to prevent any injuries or harm. Using a cleaning product designed for oven cleaning, spray the inside of the oven, grates and boiler sheets. Let the solution sit for 24 hours and do not use the oven during this time. The next day, wipe down all interior surfaces and rinse the oven with clean water. If necessary, repeat the process.
- Cabinets – using a multi-surface cleaner wipe down all kitchen cabinets inside and out.
- Surfaces – clean the exterior of all kitchen appliances, countertops and stove range. Do not forget to clean the exterior/interior of the dishwasher, microwave and all other appliances.
- Light fixtures – wipe glass fixtures and remove any dead insects from them. Wash light fixtures by hand as hot water may damage the glass.
- Floors – vacuum and mop the floor. Don’t forget to clean the floor beneath appliances such as the refrigerator.
- Sink, tub, shower and toilet – clean these areas and make sure to remove any limestone buildup.
- Mirror – clean the mirror, cabinets, light fixtures and vents.
- Floor – sweep and mop the bathroom floor several times.
Living room and Bedroom
- Declutter – thoroughly declutter the rooms, removing junk and any items that were not in the property when you moved in.
- Windows – using a suitable detergent, clean the interior and exterior of the windows. Don’t miss the windows frames.
- Upholstery and carpeting – vacuum and deep clean rugs and upholstered furniture.
If everything above is done properly, you will get your full deposit back and you can proceed with the moving procedure.August 29, 2017