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 Normal Cleaning Checklist

(This list is approved by Property Managers)

Every Room Throughout:

  • Sweep Down Cobwebs
  • Vents & Return Air Vents
  • Clean Light Fixtures & Ceiling Fans
  • Interior Windows & Window Seals
  • Dust Blinds (replace if excessively dirty and cannot be cleaned or broken)
  • Interior & Exterior Sliding Glass Doors, Tracks & Frames
  • Dust/Wipe Doors, Door Jams & Slider Tracking
  • Clean Switch Plates & Outlet Covers
  • Dust Baseboards
  • Sweep/Vacuum/Mop
  • Every Room Items List above
  • Clean Inside & Outside Cabinets & Drawers
  • Inside Refrigerator and Freezer removing shelves and drawers to thoroughly clean
  • Refrigerator Exterior Front, Top & Sides 
  • Behind Refrigerator (Floor)
  • Range Hood
  • Range Top, Burners, Under Burners and Drip Pans or Smooth Glass Top
  • Range Knobs and Control Panel
  • Oven & Oven Door Inside and Out
  • Inside/Outside of Oven Drawer & Under Drawer
  • Microwave In/Out
  • Dishwasher Inside & Out
  • Clean Counter Tops
  • Clean & Polish Sink & Faucets
  • Every Room Items List above
  • Scrub Bath Tub & Tile Walls
  • Polish Tub Faucets & Knobs
  • Dust Light Fixtures & Exhaust Fan
  • Clean Behind, Inside & Outside Toilet & Tank, top to bottom
  • Clean Sink
  • Polish Faucets & knobs
  • Clean Mirror & Medicine Cabinet
  • Clean Towel Racks
  • Clean Counter Tops
  • Inside & Outside of Cabinets
Laundry Room:
  • Every Room Items List above
  • Clean Inside Edges of Washer & Dryer
  • Clean Outsides & Top of Washer & Dryer
  • Clean Dryer Lent tray
  • Clean Fire Extinguisher
  • Wipe Water Heater
  • Wipe Doors & Frames
  • Sweep Cobwebs & Baseboards
  • Sweep Floor
  • Sweep

Time Estimate For

Normal Cleaning Conditions


800 sq ft 1bd/1ba - 4 to 6 Hrs

1,100sq ft 2bd/2ba - 8 to 10 Hrs

1,500 sq ft 3bd/2ba - 10 to 12 Hrs

2,000sq ft 4bd/3ba 12 to 15 Hrs

3,000sq ft 15-18+ Hrs

4,000sq ft 16-20+ Hrs

Time will vary depending on many factors, such as number of windows; type and number of blinds; number of cabinets, if pets were living in the home; if a resident smoked inside; type of flooring; type of shelving, overall condition; number of people living in the home; if pets lived inside; if greasy foods were prepared regularly, etc. This list gives an idea of a few scenarios that are potential need to add more time for cleaning. Of course if the home is in poor condition and in need of a heavy cleaning, expect to spend much more time than estimated above.

Every Owner/Property Management is different and may expect other items as well. By doing these items, you cut back on property management time and cost which greatly improves your changes of a Security Deposit return. The key is to do everything necessary to leave the property in the best condition possible. Sometimes that even means it looks better than when you moved in. If that is the case, you should certainly reap the benefits. Go ahead and give yourself a pat on the back as well. You should feel good about the work you have done.

As we all know, moving is very time consuming and tiring. If you don't have the time or energy to clean, we are more than happy to do it for you. Plan ahead and try to give at us least 2 days for cleaning and carpet cleaning after move out and before you have to return the key. We guarantee if the management is not satisfied with our work, we will go back without additional charge to you. We will  provide you with a professional "Paid" Invoice for your records and we can also forward the paid invoice to your Property Manager as proof of completion by a professional cleaning company. This will look very good on your file with your property manager for future references.

If you choose to clean on your own, keep in mind, it must meet their standards and the expectations of a new tenant moving in. If everything is not done to their satisfaction, you may still have to pay a cleaning company of their choice to bring it up to standards.

I hope this page has helped you in some way and that your goal of a full Security Deposit return is awarded. If we may help in any way, please do not hesitate to call.

We wish you and your family the very best. Sincerely, Dot

Rental Property  & Security Deposit Refunds

Being in Property Management in the past myself, I have some experience regarding Tenant Move In/Move Out protocol.

When leasing a property from a home owner or a property management company, there are expectations upon move out. If those expectations are not met, you the tenant, pay the penalty with your Security Deposit.

This page has been designed to enlighten you as to some of the conditions owners and managers are looking for to determine whether or not your Security Deposit can/will be returned to you. This list is not fail proof. Below are just a few helpful suggestions that will certainly put you in a more favorable position for a Security Deposit return and give you an opportunity for an excellent future rental recommendation. Just paying your rent on time may not be enough to get you into the rental home of your dreams if you leave previous homes in less than desirable conditions. Here are some items on a managers Move Out Inspection Check Sheet:

1. Damage?

If there has been any damage made to the property during your residency, make every effort to repair it on your own.

2. Any Light Bulbs Blown?

Most property management companies expect you to replace a blown light bulb. Check your lease.

3. Is it Clean?

Hopefully, when you moved in, your home had been professionally cleaned. Owners/Managements are going to expect you to turn the property back over in the same condition. Otherwise, they will need to hire those necessary to get the property ready to show and ready for a new tenant to move in. Where does that money come from? Your security deposit. What ever the cost is to "turn" the home or apartment, is coming from your Security Deposit. I have prepared a general cleaning checklist that should help. It's not easy work and it is most likely going to take longer than you anticipate so I have also included a general guideline as to the time you should expect it to take you to do a thorough cleaning. You may be surprised, but deep cleaning, which is what I do, is not a quick wipe and go or cover up. It's taking things apart, scrubbing, polishing, getting on ladders and even on hands and knees and scrubbing some more. If you decide your time is more valuable, we are more than happy to take care of it for you.

4. Is a Trash Out needed?

Remove every item from the home, yard and garage. A "trash out" can be costly too. Don't even leave hangers. Sit trash cans out for Waste Management pickup.

5. How does the paint look?

If you painted a wall or room a different color, paint it back before you hand over your keys. A professional painter will have to be hired to change the color back. NOT cheap!

6. Are the carpets dirty?

Unless you only lived there for a few days, they probably are dirty. Just go ahead and call us to schedule your carpet cleaning. Once Andre' has finished, you will wish you had called him during your residency. And, we will give you a "Paid" receipt as proof that the work was performed by a professional carpet cleaning company. We can even email your paid invoice to your Property Manager for you. And by the way, renting a portable carpet cleaning machine is NOT considered a professional job which is required by management companies. They will require a "PAID" Invoice from a reputable carpet cleaning company as proof.

7. Are the grounds trimmed?

If there is a yard, chances are you have already been mowing, trimming, etc. One more trip around the yard is a good idea. Turning the property over in the best looking condition possible is going to be a big plus which means an even bigger plus in your wallet when your Security Deposit is returned.

8. Maintenance Issues?

During your residency, if you noticed any maintenance problem such as a leaky faucet, clogged drain, constant running toilet etc., make a courtesy report of those areas in need of attention and leave it on the counter for the owner/manager to find when they come for inspection. Or, if you prefer, you could give it to them when turning in your keys. Your insight will be much appreciated.

9. Electric On?

It's likely that your Lease Agreement states that electricity is to be left on for a minimal number of days after the lease is up to allow management to inspect. To avoid a reconnect fee, check your lease before calling GRU with a disconnection date.