How To Clean Out a Rental Unit

You’re nearing the end of your lease, and you’ve been packing up all your belongings. But what about those items left behind in the rental unit? If not properly removed, these items will be charged to your account at the time of move-out. That’s why it’s important to go through each room with a plan for how to clean them out. In this blog, we will go over the best steps to make sure your rental unit looks brand new before moving out!

1. Gather all items to be removed from the rental unit

This step is a given, but make sure to check every nook and cranny of the rental. The last thing you want is to leave anything behind and get an unexpected charge. Make sure to leave anything that was there when you moved in, so they don’t fine you for taking items.

2. Sort and organize items into piles based on category (e.g., clothing, electronics, toys) 

This is a great time to ensure you’re getting rid of things that are no longer useful. We want the unit to be as clear and clutter-free as possible, so it’s important we don’t just leave stuff everywhere! When you organize your items into categories, it will make the moving process much easier.

3. Remove any hazardous materials (e.g., paint, chemicals) or anything that can’t be donated 

Hazardous materials are not something you want to keep. Even if they’re sealed up, it’s best to remove them from the rental unit before moving out of it. We don’t recommend storing hazardous materials for an extended time because there is always a risk that someone will open these items and be exposed to harmful chemicals.

4. Put remaining items in boxes for storage until you’re ready to donate them

Make sure you have enough boxes to pack up all items that don’t belong in your rental unit. You should also consider labeling where certain things are being stored, so it’s easy for movers or helpers to find them later!

5. Clean the rental unit thoroughly before moving out of it

This includes dusting, vacuuming floors and carpets, mopping hardwood floors (if applicable), cleaning windowsills and light fixtures, and wiping down countertops and appliances with a damp cloth or sponge.

6. Return keys to the landlord’s agent along with a copy of your forwarding address so they know where you’ve gone

This is one of the most critical steps to take. If they don’t know where you’ve moved to, it can make them question if they should give your deposit back or not!

If you have large furniture, unwanted items, or general junk that needs to be removed from your rental unit, call Junk Slayers LLC today! Our team will handle all of your junk removal needs so you don’t have to. Give us a call today at (509) 230-3687 or visit our site


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