We will be moving at the end of April to our new rental home. I want to get a refund of my security deposit when I move out. I plan to clean my current rental unit well to make sure I get the security deposit back from my land lord when I leave. I also created a list to help me not forget each area to clean. I made my list into a FREE printable to share with you. In the state of Illinois, a lessee should receive their security deposit returned no later than 45 days of vacating the property.
When renting your home, you often pay a large security deposit upfront when you moved into your home. The owner of the property holds this money to insure you leave the property the way you moved into it. You should leave it undamaged and clean. Now that you are moving, don’t let that money be lost. Your chances of getting your deposit money returned from your landlord when moving by cleaning your rental thoroughly and making sure it is not damaged.
In the bathrooms it is best to do a deep cleaning on the tub/shower, toilet, and the sink. I like to use Magic Erasers on these areas. I also use Tilex Mildew remover for tile with grout. It works wonders. Make sure you spot clean the walls. Remove everything from the cabinets wipe base boards, wipe out cabinets, wipe light switches and door knobs, sweep and mop floors. Don’t forget to clean the mirror
The kitchen will also need a deep cleaning. You will need to thoroughly clean the inside of all appliances. Be sure to wipe the top of and inside the cabinets and drawers. Make sure not to leave anything inside of your cabinets. Move your appliances to sweep and mop under and behind them. You will also want to spot clean the walls and outside of the cabinets. Wipe down cabinet handles and knobs, light switches, counter tops. To finish up in the kitchen sweep and mop the floors.
In all of the other rooms in the home, you will need to clean window sills and spot clean the walls.Wipe down door knobs and light switches. Fill in any nail holes in the walls. Dust the light fixtures and ceiling fans. Don’t forget to clean the air vents. Steam clean carpets and finish cleaning your rental by sweeping and mopping any hard floors.
Make sure you leave nothing in the home. If it is trash, dispose of it. And don’t forget to take your cleaning supplies with you when you leave. Before you walk out that door forever, be sure to take a few pictures. In the event you have dishonest property owner who does not want to return your deposit, having proof of how you left your home will help out if you have to take them to court.
These cleaning tips will help insure you will get that chunk of money you paid up front as a security deposit on your rental home when you moved in. It will be awesome to have that money to spend on things you need for your new place.