- Take all nails and screws out of the walls and ceiling and putty them smoothly.
- Dust the ceiling fixtures.
- Dust all ledges.
- Clean the windows.
- Clean the door knobs and doors.
- Clean all light switches and outlets.
- Clean the walls and baseboards.
- Vacuum (get any stains out of the carpet, or get the carpet professionally cleaned).
- Get rid of all cobwebs.
- Get soap scum off the bathroom tiles and tub/shower and bleach the grout.
- Clean out the bathroom drawers and vanity, making sure you get all the hair out (and remove any liners).
- Clean the toilet, sink, countertop and finally the floor (sweep and mop). If the toilet seat is unsavory looking, replace it.
- Clean the mirror.
- Vacuum out the surface of the exhaust fan if super dusty.
- Clean out all cabinets and liners.
- Wash the front of the cabinets.
- Clean and disinfect all countertops.
- Clean and shine up the sink and faucet.
- Scrub the refrigerator inside and out. Remove all shelves and clean separately if necessary.
- Scrub the oven inside and out. Remove shelving, drip pans and burners. Use steel wool, it is your friend.
- Clean out the dishwasher if you have one.
- Clean exhaust fan if needed.
- Remove all appliances and sweep behind them.
- Dust, sweep, vacuum and mop these empty rooms.
- Should be completely empty and swept.
- Cut the grass.
- Pull the weeds.
- Remove all of your stuff that might be stuck in the ground or hanging in trees.
- I recently quickly scrubbed the porch stairs to remove all of the grass stains — it looked a million times better
And the last thing you should do is mop from the furthest point out to the door. Say goodbye, lock it up and go get a drink!
Or if you can splurge on a move-out cleaner, then just forget this whole list. For me, I recently saved clean out money to help pay for movers. Good luck!