How to Clean Your Apartment Before Moving

Apartment complexes are typically very picky when it comes to apartments being clean before tenants move out. Not cleaning your apartment thoroughly enough could result in surprise fees, and that’s the last thing you need when you’re moving. So how do you make sure your apartment is ready for inspection? Here’s a few handy tips to keep in mind.

1. Ask the manager if there is a cleaning checklist they use when they do the walk-through.

Since you’re aiming to meet all their expectations, why not just ask for them upfront? This list will not only include basic cleaning requirements, but also little things you might forget like making sure all light bulbs work and changing the air filters. If the manager doesn’t have a list for you, there are plenty online that you can print out and use as a guide.

2. Double check that you packed everything.

You’d be surprised how many nooks and crannies there are in an apartment! Go room by room and open every single drawer, closet, cabinet, etc. (Be especially careful in the kitchen, since there are so many spots for things to be hiding in there… don’t forget the dishwasher, washer, and dryer!) Slap a small post it note on each drawer or cabinet you’ve checked. When you’re finished, walk through once more to see if there are any drawers or cabinets without post-its. This will bring to light any “blind spots” you missed.

3. When in doubt, pretend you’re moving in.

What you would want your new apartment or home to look like when you move in? Would you want clean toilets, unclogged drains, mildew-free showers, and swept/mopped/vacuumed floors? If you’re unsure what to clean/how you should clean, pretend you’re the one moving in! No one is going to walk around with a white glove, but your landlord is not responsible for the mess you made. Make the apartment move-in ready for the next tenants, and you should be good to go. If you aren’t good at cleaning or simply don’t have the time, hire a professional to come in and do it for you.