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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.


Dust can be a major issue in bedrooms. Be sure to clean under large furniture pieces and on the tops of drawers to ensure the space is as clean as possible!

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

  • Wash windows internally, including all sills and ledges.
  • Clean out the closet.
  • Remove any cobwebs, especially those in difficult to reach spaces
  • Be sure to clean the bedframe of the bed, removing any dust that has built up.
  • Clean and polish mirrors.
  • Vacuum and clean all upholstery. Note that you may want to hire someone who cleans furniture professionally for a task like this.
  • Clean behind and beneath all large furniture pieces.
  • Sweep and mop hard floors. Note that you may want to hire a professional to deep-clean any carpets in the property for an additional charge.


The kitchen can often be one of the dirtier places in a dwelling. When cleaning, be sure to de-grease as many areas as you can: because the kitchen is used for cooking, grimes and bacteria can build up easily.

When cleaning the kitchen, be sure to do the following:

  • Clean, then polish all kitchen cupboards and drawers. Be sure to clean the interiors thoroughly!
  • Empty and clean both the refrigerator & freezer.
  • Wipe down the microwave. Be sure to remove any food build-up.
  • Clean the dishwasher and remove any limescale that
  • Clean the interiors and exteriors of all kitchen appliances. Some appliances, such as coffee makers or kettles, may need to be descaled.
  • Clean and degrease the inside of the oven. Polish the outside, and be sure to clean the stove!
  • Clean, polish, and degrease the extractor fan if necessary.
  • Wipe down kitchen countertops.
  • Vacuum and mop down all hard floors.
  • Remove all mold and grease that has built up on the wall tiles.
  • Clean the sink: be sure to polish the faucet!
  • Remove any food splashes or crumbs in the area.

When cleaning the kitchen, be sure to clean behind all major appliances, as food and other particles may be trapped!


Bathrooms, like kitchens, can be difficult to clean due to the nature of their use. As part of the end of tenancy cleaning checklist, the following procedures should be completed in the bathroom:

  • Clean the bathtub or shower, removing any limescale that has built up.
  • Clean and de-clog all drains.
  • If you have a bathroom cabinet, ensure that it is thoroughly cleaned.
  • Clean and polish all mirrors.
  • Disinfect and clean the toilet, especially the toilet bowl.
  • Clean and de-scale the sink, including the faucet.
  • Wipe down the bathroom’s extractor fans.
  • Wash down all tiles, being sure to remove any grime that has built up.
  • Ensure that all towel rails have been wiped down.
  • Vacuum, sanitise and mop the floors. Be careful with corners!
  • If you have a washer and/or dryer, ensure that the interior surfaces are thoroughly cleaned.

Entryways and Hallways

While this area of the property is easy to forget about, don’t neglect to include it in your end of tenancy cleaning checklist! There are still important tasks that must be completed in this area, including the following:

  • Clear and remove any cobwebs, especially in corners and hard-to-reach spaces.
  • Clean and polish any mirrors.
  • Vacuum and mop hard floors.
  • Clean behind and under furniture.
  • Clean and polish all windows, window sills, and ledges.
  • Wipe down doors: be sure to clean the tops of doors as well!
  • Dust and polish all surfaces.

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.