Make Your Apartment Sparkling As New Before Leaving With These Tips!

August 8th, 2017

If you are moving out from your apartment and you wanted to get back your deposit without hassle, make sure that you’ll vacate the place in an organized, clean and tidy manner. You need to leave the place the same way you arrive at it at the very first time. You need to make sure that everything is at its perfect condition before requesting your deposit back.

To help you out with your “moving out” preparations, here are few tips and tricks that you can follow. With these, you can be sure that everything is at its tip-top shape at the day of your move-out.

Apartment Clean

Gather all tools and supplies

Before you start, make sure that you already got all the cleaning tools and materials that you’ll need.  You don’t want to pause midway through your chores just to buy a brush or sponge from the store. Better if you can create a checklist of what you’ll need and see if you already have all of them. If not, buy them before starting your cleaning journey.

Remove any hint of stickers, staples and nails

Remove any kind of stickers or staples that you put up on the wall. You should also remove those nails that you put up to hold your mirror, picture frames or fancy paintings. After removing, repaint the wall with the same color to remove any kind of blemishes.

Plan everything

Don’t start cleaning if you don’t have any concrete plan on where and how to start and where to end. You might want to start with your bathroom, then the kitchen, your main rooms and lastly the living room. Also, check all rooms and see what needs to be cleaned the most. Identify the kind of dirt to be cleaned and prepare the right cleaning materials and solutions for it.

Clean the exterior too

After you are done with your interior, it’s time to give your exterior the cleaning it needs. Sweep and mop the balcony and the patio thoroughly. Remove all the dry leaves and dust that covers most of your walkway or path. Make sure that everything surrounding your house is free from any kind of trash, dirt and dust.

Make the necessary repairs

After cleaning the apartment thoroughly, inspect everything especially the ceiling and walls. See if there’s any sign of crack or holes and repair them accordingly.  Check out the windows and even the lighting fixtures and see if they are working properly. Double check everything before you call out for move-out inspection.

Take photos

Take a picture of the apartment, both exterior and interior, after you are done with all the cleaning and maintenance. Take few photos of each room, the kitchen, bathroom and living room. This can be your proof that you left the place in good condition.

If you follow the above tips and tricks, getting your deposit back won’t be a problem!

23 responses to “Make Your Apartment Sparkling As New Before Leaving With These Tips!”

  1. Liz says:

    I moved out of my apt. last September … bittersweet, because I had lived there for almost 4 years, but management had switched and the new management wasn’t as good.

    I definitely deep-cleaned my bathroom before I left, though, as I wanted my deposit back. I also vacuumed.

  2. Nellie says:

    These are great tips. I think I need to get more cleaning supplies in general because when I want to clean something somehow the right tools are missing!

  3. tara pittman says:

    what a smart idea to take pictures. That way you can get your deposit back

  4. I left our last apartment nicer than when we moved in. My mom even helped fix holes in the walls that were there when we moved in. We got our deposit back fully.

  5. Becki says:

    Good advice! It always bummed me out to finally get around to cleaning really well, and then leave. 😉

  6. Two years back I left my apartment and we cleaned it thoroughly as we have seen that people leave very dirty apartments behind them when they move out. Management was really happy and said we wish we could have more tenants like you. Really useful tips in this post.

  7. Eileen says:

    These are great tips for moving out. Getting all your deposit back is always great!

  8. Kandi says:

    These are some great tips. When we rented we took pictures of everything before the move then again after.

  9. Lisa Rios says:

    Stickers staples and nails are my worst enemy. It’s so tacky to leave them up unless you want it to look like a bait shop lol. It’s important to take them all out.

  10. Mei Redillas says:

    nice combination of floor and wall decoration, I like it! 🙂

  11. krystal says:

    We owed our apartment when we moved out even though it was SPOTLESS! They said we scuffed the floor with our furniture on the way out. Be careful!

  12. Trương Ngọc says:

    The checklist of where and how to start and where to end is a decent, effective way for cleaning. Taking pictures before leaving as proofs mazes me. The landlord can’t take my money away.

  13. Great tips! It really is possible to your deposit back you just have to really clean up everything. It is always a great idea to take photos. It might come in handy to have proof in case a claim comes up.

  14. Echo says:

    These are great tips. I am so glad that I don’t have to worry about renting again.

  15. I’m loving that wallpaper in the photo – I need more info about that haha!

  16. Nadia says:

    Leaving a rented apartment just like the first time you set foot on it is such a responsible act. This is also a sign of gratefulness to the owner and a big welcome and respect to the next person or family to occupy the place. Thanks for these tips and valuable reminder.

  17. Kelly Reci says:

    Good tips I gathered today. This is great tips and we are being considerate to the next user.

  18. Julie Syl says:

    Being clean and organize at home or even in other rooms will really define who we really are. The neatness, cleanliness, and orderliness are so important and it gives good impressions. So these things should be practice by every one.

  19. It’s really nice to take a photo of the space before you do anything and then after clean, renovated or built, so you’d have that sense of accomplishment and see the difference. And so that it will remind of you how satisfying and necessary the change was.

  20. Great practical tips. Taking pictures are really necessary and I think is a must. It’s always better to have a proof.

  21. Catvills says:

    These are all great tips. It is just like returning the favor to your landlord. He/she rented out the apartment in perfect condition and you should move out with the apartment looking the same way, or else, asking for your rent deposit would be a hassle.

  22. Madelain says:

    These are great tips for apartment movers! I love that accent wall in the photo above though.

    Madelain |

  23. Jen Temcio says:

    I never really though to have a plan for cleaning, but this is good advice to be thorough and efficient. Taking pictures are great advice as well.

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