Moving is a major undertaking that is compounded by the need to leave your rental home in the same condition it was when you arrived. Here are some cleaning chores that must be added to your to-do list if you want to get your deposit payment back. Of course, you could also consider hiring a move-out cleaning service to help with these, so you can concentrate on packing and relocating.

Kitchen – Several cleaning tasks are needed in the kitchen, including:

Cleaning the oven

Scrubbing down the fridge

Emptying and defrosting the refrigerator

Scouring the sink and faucets to remove lime buildup

Wiping down the top, front and insides of cabinets.


In the bathroom, you’ll need to make sure every inch is sanitized and sparkling clean. This may require you to use a special cleaner to remove calcium, rust or lime deposits in your sink, toilet or shower. You should also make sure your medicine cabinet and mirrors are clean and streak-free.


Make sure all closets are empty and that shelves are completely wiped down. You should also vacuum the inside of your closets once everything has been removed.

Miscellaneous – Some miscellaneous cleaning chores you’ll need to remember include:

Wiping down the windowsills

Dusting ledges above the door and window frames

Washing walls and baseboards

Cleaning carpet

Dusting ceiling fans

Cleaning mini-blinds

All these cleaning chores can take up a great deal of time, which is already limited when you’re moving. One way to regain time is to use a move-out cleaning service, so call ServiceMaster by the Border today!