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Moving Out? Here’s Your Cleaning Checklist to Make Your Old Home Shine

Welcome to another glorious Friday, Moppers! It was a rain soaked week in our neck of the woods, but that didn’t stop us from enjoying it, and hopefully you had a good one, too.

We’ve been busy little cleaning bees lately, making people’s homes sparkle like nobody’s business, whether they live in them or not. What do we mean by that? Well this time of year people tend to move, and the one thing you should always—ALWAYS—do after you move out is clean your old house or apartment. Of course we would be happy to do it for you, but if you want to give it a go yourself we’ve created a cleaning checklist for you to peruse this weekend, so that you can leave your old place in tip top shape before moving into the new one, if it’s the last thing you do.

Which it should be.


  • Oven. You want to make sure that your old oven is clean both inside and out. Clean the burners, the hood, the control panel, the exhaust fan, oven racks, drip pans…the whole nine. You want every last speck of grease and grime gone!
  • Sink. This is one of the first things noticed in a kitchen when prospective buyers or renters are walking through a home, so you want to give it a nice shine before you leave.
  • Fridge. If you don’t own your fridge and are leaving it behind, giving it a thorough cleaning should be at the top of your list. Take out all the drawers and make sure they’re free of debris, then wash them in warm, soapy water. Do the same with the inside, utilizing a bucket and sponge to give everything a good wipe down.
  • Cupboards/Drawers. Wipe down the inside and outside of your cupboards, clean any shelf/drawer liners. Basically you want to leave no crumb behind, so do the best job you can do.


  • Tiles. Clean those tiles so that they’re free of mold and mildew. Get deep in there, making sure to wipe down all the grout as well.
  • Toilet. Disinfect and clean the toilet, both inside and out. If the seat needs replacing, pick one up at the hardware store.
  • Vents/Fans. Lots of people always forget about their vents. You wan to make sure all that dust and dirt is gone, so pay close attention to those.
  • Cabinets. Clean both inside and out of your cabinets, including the medicine cabinet if you have one. Use a spouse with warm water to give it a good wipe down, and make sure the mirror is free of any water spots.
  • Tub/Shower. Get rid of as much mold and mildew as you can. Clean the faucets and shower head, and if you have a shower door rather than a curtain, give that a good scrub as well.

Everywhere Else

  • Floors. Vacuum and steam clean the carpets if they need it, making sure no stains are left. For hardwood and vinyl, sweep and mop so that dirt and scuff marks are completely gone.
  • Walls. Before cleaning the walls, make sure you remove and nails, hooks, tacks, or screws. Then give everything a good scrubbing with warm, soapy water and a sponge.
  • Light Fixtures. Dust and clean all the light fixtures in your home. Replace any burnt out bulbs, and don’t forget about the outlets and switches, too.
  • Mirrors/Windows. Wash all windows and mirrors in your old home so that there’s no traces of fingerprints or water marks left in your wake.
  • Garbage. When you move out, make sure you don’t leave any trash behind to be taken care of by someone else.
  • Baseboards. Like the vents in the bathrooms, baseboards are often overlooked be people when they move out. Give them a wipe down with warm, soapy water so that they’re free of dust and dirt. A good tip is to do them while you’re cleaning the walls.
  • Cobwebs/Dust. Make sure to get rid of any cobwebs and dust that may be hiding on ceiling fans, light fixtures, or especially up in the corners of the various rooms.

There you have it. Your move out cleaning checklist. It seems like a lot, but if you’ve kept a clean home over the years then you really shouldn’t have that much to worry about. It is something you’ll want to take care of, though, because if you rent, it could be the difference between getting your deposit back or not.

Keep in mind that if you don’t want to deal with all of the hassle, you can always call us, and we’ll do all the cleaning for you.

That’s all for this week, Moppers. We’ll chat with you again soon, but until then stay safe, and stay clean!


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