Move Out Season is Upon Us!
Don’t worry that move out season is upon us, we have your back! Everyone gets nervous as they start moving out. How do I get my deposit? How much cleaning is enough? Will they notice the hole in the wall? Etc…
We Get it.
As property managers we are responsible for our property owners and tenants, meaning both are important! When you prepare to leave your home, we want to ensure that you and the owner are both satisfied with your stay. Part of the “deal” is cleaning. Nobody likes it, but its necessary. We wanted to provide a guide to successful cleaning, what not to do, and getting back your deposit. All three will make for a huge blog post, so we will split it into three different posts.
On to cleaning!
Most people have their own different definitions for the word “clean.” Cleaning is one of the necessary evils in life that everyone has to accomplish! How clean is clean enough? Lets go over a few of the things we look for when doing our walkthroughs.
Take a damn rag and gently wipe down all cabinets and surfaces in the kitchen. Scour sink to remove stains, and clean all countertops with disinfectant. Run disposer one last time to ensure it is clean. Clean any overhead fixtures (we don’t like dead bugs in there).
Clean tops, insides, underneath, front and sides of the appliances. Oven cleaner will come in really handy for the oven, and soak the racks in dish soap to remove stains.
Make sure to leave the refrigerator on low. Defrost both compartments and clean all drawers and shelves.
Wipe down outside and under unit. Make sure to clean around the door seal!
Clean tops, front, underneath, and sides of washer and dryer. Make sure to clean out any lint left over from previous washes. Clean around the inside lid of the washer for soap scum. Thoroughly wipe down any interior drawers on the unites.
Clean inside and outside of all fixtures including the toilet, tub/shower, shower curtain, and sink. Make sure and scour any porcelain or sinks, wipe down with disinfectant. Clean bathroom mirrors and any overhead fixtures. Sweep and mop the bathroom floor.
Clean out the insides and top of the closet. Clean out the overhead light fixtures. If the room has electric heat, make sure and clean off the units (they tend to get super dusty).
Cleaning the blinds saves you lots of cash! If you clean them once in a while with a feather duster, a light dusting will take care of them. If you’re like most people, they will be super dusty! We recommend CAREFULLY taking them down, rinsing them off in the shower, and lightly scrubbing them with a rag. Let them dry, rehang them, spray with windex and wipe off with paper towels. Works like a charm and all the dust/grime is in the shower instead of on the floor!
Take your broom and run it around all the edges of the walls to remove cobwebs. Don’t forget the closets!
Clean all the tops of doors and windows, baseboard molding, baseboard heaters, any AC unit, railings and window sills!
Make sure all the light fixtures are clean and don’t have any dead bugs. Disinfect all light fixtures and outlet plates. Clean out the sliding window tracks. Vacuum the carpet very well.
That covers all the basics! If you have additional questions about cleaning please give us a call. We love tenants that ask questions rather then leave it up to chance! With move out season here, we wish you a happy cleaning time, and a great stay in your new place!
-The Windermere Property Management Team