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July 15, 2024

Cleaning Apartment before Moving

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Preparing for a move consists of several stages: you choose housing in a new place, sort out utilities at the current and new place, pack your things, hire one of the moving companies Calgary and wait for the moving day. Just before you leave, you should start cleaning the apartment – this way you will leave it in good condition and, perhaps, you will be able to get your deposit back.

Of course, to be able to clean your apartment, you need to pack cleaning products and tools in a separate box. If you decide to buy new ones in a new place, you can simply throw the box in the trash, but if you take a vacuum cleaner, mop and other cleaning items with you, then you will simply pack the box with them last.

Basic cleaning

Start by dusting all surfaces, including shelves, countertops, light fixtures, and ceiling fans. Be careful as dust tends to accumulate in hidden corners and on tall furniture.

Use appropriate cleaning solutions to wipe down surfaces such as countertops, cabinets and appliances. Pay special attention to areas where grease or dirt may accumulate. Don’t forget to clean indoor appliances such as the oven and refrigerator.

Clean the kitchen thoroughly, including the sink, stove, and inside of the microwave. Clean stuck food or stains. Empty and clean the refrigerator and wipe down the inside of the cabinets.

Clean your bathroom sink, toilet, shower and bathtub. It is worth paying special attention to surfaces if you see mold, mildew and soap scum. Also clean mirrors and light fixtures.

Vacuum or sweep floors, including corners and edges. Clean hard floors with a suitable cleaning product. If you have carpets, consider steam cleaning them – this will make it easier to remove deep-seated dirt and odors.

If possible, clean windows both inside and outside. Make sure there are no streaks or spots. Also clean window sills and walkways.

Wipe down baseboards and clean any scuff marks on the walls. Be careful not to damage the paint.

Make sure all landlord-provided appliances are in working order and clean, including the HVAC system, washer and dryer, and other appliances.

Final stage

Re-inspect your floors and carpets to collect any dust or debris that may have settled during the cleaning process. Take out the trash and be sure to recycle any items that can be recycled. Before you leave, double-check that you haven’t left any personal items in drawers, closets, or closets.

Take a photo of the cleaned apartment as evidence of its condition at the time of eviction. This can be useful if you have a dispute with your landlord regarding the security deposit.

Finally, let the landlord or property manager know that you have vacated the apartment and that it has been cleaned. This will help ensure a smooth transition and refund of your deposit if applicable.

Remember that cleaning your apartment thoroughly is not only a courtesy, but also a way to protect your deposit or ensure a smooth handover to the next tenant.

Dikki Loona