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6 Tips for Cleaning Your Home Before Moving Out

Updated: May 30

Cleaning your home before you move out is probably the last thing you want to do while you're amidst the exciting but daunting process of packing up your house and preparing to relocate. But doing so can help you get your security deposit returned and guarantee that your house is ready for the next renter. Although every house is different, you may reduce the stress of moving out by reading our advice on what to clean and how to clean it.

Six useful tips for cleaning your home before you move out

The property's size and state of cleanliness will determine the scope of your move-out cleaning. However, that doesn't have to be the case all the time. Maybe the property hasn't been cleaned in a long time or has hard-to-reach places that are often forgotten. Luckily, you can use these tips and a cleaning checklist as a guide.

1. Start with emptying the cupboards and dusting off all of the counters

First and foremost, you need to empty any remaining items. Everyone has to get their stuff out of the house. This includes everything you've placed on a wall, including shelves and artwork. Wipe off all the hard surfaces in your home using an all-purpose surface cleanser, a stack of paper towels, or a clean cloth. Don't forget to clean the following:


●       stove top

●       sink

●       windows

●       fireplace


Be sure to give the inside of each cabinet a good cleaning as well. The interiors are particularly susceptible to collecting crumbs and other debris from food and spices are kitchen cabinets. Make sure to wipe out the fridge and freezer of any leftovers, then clean them. You should use a disinfectant spray to wipe and clean all surfaces. Remove any lingering bits of food as well.


f you don't know where to start cleaning your home before you move out, take a quick look around to see which room is the messiest.

2. Don't forget to clean and dry any home electronics

Marks and fingerprints quickly accumulate on stainless steel equipment. Use an all-purpose cleaner or vinegar and water solution to wipe down your refrigerator. Also, check behind the equipment, especially if you haven't cleaned there in a long time. Furthermore, if the device is not heavy or fixed, move it a bit to clean the surface below. Dust loves to accumulate in dark places, and if the device is used for cooking, there is a high chance there will also be grease.


The microwave oven also has to be cleaned out and wiped out. People often forget to clean the stove and oven. The stove is a common hiding spot for leftover food and other debris. Cleaning behind a gas range's burners requires removing the stove's top. You don't have to buy any expensive cleaners for this task. Instead, you can easily make natural cleansers at home. The combination of water and baking soda makes for an effective cleaner for your oven. Make a paste out of the water and baking soda and spread it over the oven. Additionally, you may add vinegar.

3. Be sure to give the restroom fixtures a thorough cleaning

Cleaning the restrooms should be your next priority once you've done the dusting and vacuuming. In fact, it's one of the most crucial rooms to clean in your home before you move out. Clean and disinfect all fixtures, including the toilets, showers, bathtubs, and sinks. Before packing up and leaving, ensure the restrooms are free of mould, rust, or mildew. And make sure to do the same after moving into your new place. You will settle in faster if you take the time to clean your new home thoroughly.

The bathroom should be spotless


4. Patch up the wall and fill the cracks

One of the most forgotten things to do when cleaning your home before you move out is to check the walls. Remove any nails, hooks, or wall anchors from the walls before you move out unless the landlord or buyer has specifically requested that you leave them there. Make sure to cover up any marks and scratches. You should stop by the paint shop and pick out a sample size of a wall colour that fits your new home before you move in. If your walls have been marred in any way, you can use this paint to fix them. Baseboards and other areas coated with high-gloss paint need extra care since they are more prone to scratches than matte-finished walls.

5. Wash and disinfect the food storage areas

Make sure to wipe out the fridge and freezer of any leftovers, then clean them.


●       Remove any lingering bits of food. Take what you can, but don't hesitate to throw away food that can go bad quickly.

●       Use a disinfectant spray to wipe and clean all surfaces.

●       Check one final time if you've left anything in the fridge. Don't forget to check the freezer as well!


Most landlords will not be pleased to have to take out your trash once you move out. If you're moving out in a hurry and don't have much time for detailed cleaning, think about using sanitisation and disinfecting services. You know they'll do the job right, and you won't have to worry about scrubbing every corner.

Remember to check all cupboards and shelves before packing your smaller items.

6. Remember to set up a carpet cleaning appointment

If you have all the floors covered with carpet, don't bother with them. Before any move, call professional cleaning services to clean your carpets. Return them exactly as you found when you moved in, except for regular wear and tear.


As you can see, cleaning your home before moving out is an essential part of the relocation process. So, if you live in South East UK and need help with moving out cleaning, contact Royal Cleaners. You wouldn't want your landlord to remember you as the tenant who left a massive mess behind.

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