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End of Lease Cleaning: Tips to Get Your Security Deposit Back

June 3, 2017.

Moving is a good chance to get a fresh start. Whether you’re moving across town or moving to another state or country, it’s always exciting to start a new chapter in your life. The only downside to moving is, well, the actual moving part. The weeks of living in boxes, eating nothing but peanut butter sandwiches, and cleaning your apartment to get your deposit back can sometimes be miserable.

When you’re trying to get that security deposit back, you’ll need to be sure that your place looks even better than when you moved in. Here are some end of lease cleaning tips to get your place spic and span so you can get that check.

Clear the Junk

The first place to start is by making sure you get all of the junk out of your place. This is especially important if you’ve lived at your rental for a long time.

Even if we make a good effort to get rid of things we don’t need, it seems like stuff just accumulates over time. Maybe your old fridge broke down and it’s been sitting in the garage, or perhaps you have a couch that won’t fit in  the new place you’re moving to next. Before you move, you need to figure out how to get your unneeded stuff out of the house and out of the way so you can do some heavy-duty cleaning.

Get Down to the Nitty Gritty

Now that you’ve cleared the things that won’t be moving with you and packed up the rest of the house, it’s time to get your place sparkling clean. Take a minute to survey what you’re up against. Do your carpets need to be cleaned? Take care of any pet stains or imperfections on the floors by hiring a professional or looking up tutorials on stain removal.

Once the floors are taken care of, do a deep clean on your kitchen. Scrub the countertops, the sink, and clean out the inside of the refrigerator. Take out the drawers and shelves and soak them in the sink with soap and water while you wipe down the inside of the fridge. To get rid of any build-up on the sink fixtures, put a vinegar-soaked kitchen towel over them for an hour and then wipe down.

Put the oven on  the self-cleaning function or buy an oven cleaner to get it looking brand new. Check the insides of the kitchen cabinets to see if any of those need to be wiped down with a cleaning product. Lastly, sweep and mop the kitchen floor before you move on to the next room.

After the kitchen is looking good, you’ll need to turn your attention to the bathroom. Scrub down the countertops, the tub, the toilet, and mop the floors. Look at the tile grout to see if any of it  needs to be re-caulked or scrubbed to remove any mold or mildew.

Lastly, do a thorough vacuuming in the bedrooms and living room. Ensure that the windows are clean and that the dust has been wiped off the ceiling fan. Do a walk through before you leave to make sure you aren’t forgetting anything.

Remember that if at any point during your move you need professional removal services, be sure to give Jiffy Junk a call! We’re here to help you remove any unwanted old furniture, appliances, and more and serve Long Island and all five boroughs of New York City. Call us for a quote at (844) 543-3966 or click the Get Pricing button below.

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