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March 20th marks the end of winter and the start of spring (cleaning). And if you have an upcoming move, get in the spirit by scrubbing down your soon-to-be old apartment. Not only is pre-move cleaning a courtesy to incoming tenants, but on many leases, it is required in order to get your security deposit back.
Check your rental lease for specifics on how your landlord requires the walls to be left. In some cases, you will be responsible for filling in any nail and screw holes. Luckily, this isn’t as tedious as it sounds (unless of course you’ve hung two hundred picture frames, posters and miscellaneous décor trinkets throughout the apartment). Follow these steps to make sure your walls are move-worthy.
1. Use a putty knife to fill nail and screw holes with compound mixture, which can be found at your local hardware store. Allow this to fully dry.
2. If the fill isn’t flush with the wall, use sandpaper to make it level.
3. Once all holes are filled, paint to match the designated wall color.
Must-clean Areas of the Home
You’ve swept the floors, washed the windows and patched any wall holes—but It’s easy to forget a few nooks and crannies when you’ve got moving boxes to pack, movers to call and utilities to transfer. Use the following list to ensure you clean all the important (but often neglected) areas of your apartment.
• Refrigerator: Clean your refrigerator after all the food has been eaten or discarded and it’s been unplugged. Place removable drawers and shelves in a sink full of warm, soapy water and scrub down the inside and doors. Pull the refrigerator away from the wall and vacuum or sweep behind it.
• Baseboards: If there are baseboards in your apartment, be sure to clean the tops of any dust that may have collected.
• Oven: Remove the racks and place in a sink full of warm soapy water. Spray the inside with an oven cleaner and let it sit for a while before scrubbing clean.
• Shower drain: If you have long hair, this can be one of the nastiest cleaning tasks, but it’s essential nonetheless. Pull out any hair that has collected and clogged the shower so that new tenants have a fully functioning drain.
• Closets: Once your closets are emptied, be sure to sweep inside and clean any shelving surfaces.