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End of Tenancy Cleaning Checklist

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Reaching the end of your lease?


Thinking about all the things you need to do before moving out? An important part of the moving-out process is the end of tenancy cleaning, a thorough cleaning meant to restore the apartment or property back to its original condition. This way, the apartment is ready for its new round of tenants.

Naturally, the cleaning is intensive and there are many things you will need to consider. Furthermore, there are different things that need to be done for each room of the property.

By keeping in mind what needs to be done beforehand with an end of tenancy cleaning checklist, you can make the proper cleaning arrangements to ensure you’ll have one less thing to worry about on move-out day.

General Pointers:

When considering an end of tenancy cleaning checklist, it’s best to be as thorough as possible to ensure the apartment will look and feel brand new! Overall, it’s important to keep the following in mind:

  • Ensure that all plugs, light switches, and other items related to the property’s electrical systems are cleaned with care and caution.
  • Be sure to clean places that are hard to reach, such as the tops of ceiling fans.
  • Do not neglect to thoroughly clean the floors, especially hallway spaces.
  • Note that if you hire someone to do the cleaning for you, they may not clean exterior surfaces and spaces, like windows and balconies.

Make sure that the space is as empty as possible before the cleaning. That way, anyone you have hired to clean the apartment will not be overwhelmed by all the extra clutter. If you’re cleaning the space, this ensures that your belongings won’t get damaged or destroyed by cleaning products, which can sometimes be corrosive or stain materials.

Here’s a list of what needs to be done in each room:

Kitchen

  • Clean all worktops, countertops and the sink area
  • Clean all cupboards, drawers and shelving both inside and out;
  • De-grease and wipe-off tiles;
  • Clean plugs, light switches
  • Clean and remove the grease from inside the oven, polish the exterior
  • Clean between oven glass;
  • Clean and degrease the extractor fan and filters
  • Clean and polish hob & grill
  • Scrub gas rings and gas control knobs;
  • Wipe thoroughly and degrease the microwave
  • Clean the kitchen sinks/taps and polish them
  • Hoover and mop floors.
  • Wipe down radiators if applicable and are accessible
  • Wipe dirt from woodwork (doors, handles, door frames, furnishings and skirting boards)
  • Sanitise the bins
  • Remove accumulated limescale
  • Wipe externally all appliances, including kettle and toaster
  • Dust lamp shades, plugs, sockets and light switches
  • Clean the dishwasher inside and out
  • Clean the washing machine inside and out
  • Clean and wipe the exterior and interior of the refrigerator and freezer
  • Clean the Tumble Dryer from inside and outside

Bedroom

  • Remove cobwebs
  • Clean & polish mirrors, pictures
  • Wash windows internally and wipe down sills and ledges
  • Vacuum upholstery
  • Vacuum and mop hard floors
  • Clean curtain and picture rails, wall cornices and coving.
  • Clean inside & outside and on top of wardrobes
  • Clean plugs, sockets, light switches & fittings, dust lamp shades
  • Clean fireplace and radiators
  • Clean behind and under furniture
  • Thoroughly dust all wooden furniture present in the bedrooms
  • Vacuum all carpets and rugs (make sure to select them under Carpet/rug cleaning)
  • Thoroughly vacuum all mattresses

Reception room(s) - Lounge

  • Wipe and polish the coffee table(s), cupboards, cabinets, bookshelves and the TV(s).
  • Vacuum all carpets and rugs (make sure to select them under Carpet/rug cleaning)
  • Eliminate any cobwebs, skid marks and spots from walls.
  • Clean & polish mirrors, pictures
  • Wash windows internally and wipe down sills and ledges
  • Vacuum upholstery
  • Vacuum and mop hard floors
  • Clean and dust wall coving and cornices, picture and curtain rails.
  • Dust lamp shades,clean plugs, sockets and lights switches and fittings (the outlet cover)
  • Clean fireplace and radiators
  • Clean behind and under furniture

Entrance Hall - Hallways - Stairs

  • Wipe down banister, stairway, and railings
  • Remove cobwebs
  • Clean & polish mirrors, pictures
  • Wash windows internally and wipe down sills and ledges
  • Vacuum upholstery
  • Vacuum and mop hard floors
  • Clean wall coving and cornices, picture and curtain rails.
  • Clean inside & outside and on top of wardrobes
  • Clean and dust any lamp shades. Clean any plugs, sockets, light switches and fittings (the outlet cover)

Bathroom & toilet

  • Clean bathtubs, shower installations, tiles, sinks, basins and other bathroom fittings of limescale, and mildew;
  • Wash and descale sink / shine taps
  • Descale and wash the shower cabinet and screen, internally and externally.
  • Get rid of any cobwebs present in the room
  • Clean & polish glass shower screens and doors;
  • Clean & polish mirrors
  • Brush and sanitise toilet seats
  • Dust and wipe all fittings, hinges, and door/ frames/ skirting boards
  • Wipe and polish any mirrors and bathroom furnishing adequately
  • Vacuum, sanitise & mop floors
  • Clean extractor fans
  • Clean drains
  • Wipe clean towel rail
  • Dust and wipe any plugs, sockets, light, switches and fittings (the outlet covers). Dust any lamp shades
  • Clean windows on the inside and wipe thoroughly the window sills or ledges.

Garage/Storage

  • Dust or vacuum garage or any storage rooms
  • Clean between wall stands and around garage doors to get rid of cobwebs, dust and debris.
  • Wipe and/or dust light fixtures, switchet, outlet covers and selves as well as both sides of the entry and exit doors.
  • Eliminate cobwebs from walls and rafters as far as one may reach with a broom
  • Clean closets, storage spaces and shelving of dust and debris.

After cleaning the property, be sure to re-review the end of tenancy cleaning checklist-- who knows, something may still need to be done!

Prepare Your End of Tenancy Cleaning Checklist Today!

While this article provides helpful pointers as to what will need done on your property when moving out, keep in mind that you may have additional things to consider, such as electronics, attics, balconies, and the like. As suggested in the checklist, you may want to consider having a professional come in to clean the furniture or the carpets.

Be prepared, and realize that many items require a thorough cleaning, which will require special cleaning products and expertise. This is why many people hire a professional to get the end of tenancy cleaning done. Doing so can save time, stress, and sometimes money-- if the cleaning isn’t well done, after all, your landlord may charge you so that they can finish the work on their own time.

If you are looking for a professional to complete any aspect of the end of tenancy cleaning for you, look no further than our own website! We have listings for specialized professionals in your area who can provide price estimates up-front for a job well done.

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