The time on your lease is slowly coming to an end. It’s the final countdown to the day you move out. This situation can be energy-sapping and difficult to pull through if you don’t have your affairs in order and a certain level of organization. One thing you won’t have to worry about, though, is that end of the lease cleaning that you have to get done. We’ve researched what the most common and important things that landlords require prior to you vacating your current home. Here is an easy to follow end of the lease cleaning checklist.

Getting started

Having an end of the lease cleaning checklist is not enough in itself. To complete the tasks listed in the checklist you will need to check your closet and see which cleaning supplies you currently have, and which you need to replenish. This includes cleaning solutions, mops, cloths, and similar items you might need. Also, before you get started research clever deep cleaning tips that will help you with the task at hand. The more information that you gather the easier it will be for you to organize everything that needs to be done. For example, try using natural cleaning agents such as lemon as they will leave the space smelling fresh like a summer breeze.


The breakdown


All areas

Each room in your home will require different things, but there are also some tasks that need to be completed in all of the rooms within the home. These include:

  • De-clutter each room carefully
  • Remove any rubbish or unwanted items
  • Dust countertops and other surfaces
  • Vacuum the carpets and have them washed or deep-cleaned (find out which method is best suited for cleaning your carpets)
  • Vacuum all floors and mop them
  • Wash any windows and windowsills
  • Wipe down door frames and handles

Going through your belongings at the beginning and getting rid of clutter simplifies the move as well as the cleaning and makes it easier, quicker, and cheaper.


The bedroom

Your bedroom will require a few specific tasks in addition to the general cleaning tasks for all areas in your home. Don’t forget to:

  • Clean any mirrors
  • Dust and wipe down any ceiling fans
  • Wash any curtains
  • Vacuum under the bed
  • Clean out the closet


A bedroom with a double bed and nightstand and some plants.

The living room

Like most of us, you have probably added a few personal touches to the living room area. Whilst you might enjoy their look and feel, the next tenant might not. So, make sure to:

  • Remove any artwork you might have put up
  • Remove any ornaments or books from bookshelves that you might have added
  • Dust and wipe down the bookshelves
  • Wipe any dust around the television or radio
  • Throw away any old magazines you might have lying around
  • Vacuum under lounge seats, sofas, and tables
  • Air the room properly to remove any unpleasant odors



The kitchen

It is easy to get carried away in the belief that you are a master chef, but all of those extravagant dinners have surely left a mark on your kitchen. There are a few things you will need to concentrate on in the kitchen:

  • Wipe down the kitchen counters thoroughly. There are often grease marks that are difficult to remove with the first pass of a cloth. Give them a good scrub.
  • Remove everything from the cupboards and give them a good wipe both on the inside and the outside.
  • Clean the inside of the oven and the microwave. There are numerous cleaning agents around which can help with this.
  • Clean the inside of your dishwashing machine and the kitchen sink as well.
  • Wipe down the faucets and taps. It’s a good idea to use a cleaning agent that removes limescale when cleaning these areas.
  • Clean the stovetop.
  • Have your kitchen tile professionally cleaned if you don’t have the time.
  • Make sure all of the appliances on display are clean.
A sparkling clean kitchen after completion of the tasks on the end of lease cleaning checklist.

The Bathroom

  • Wipe down the faucets and taps. Lemon is a good limescale removing agent as is vinegar. However, lemon will leave the space smelling more pleasant.
  • Sweep and wipe the bathroom tiles.
  • Try to remove any mold or mildew from the bathroom walls and in between the tiles. Mold often collects in the shower area as well. Make sure you clean it.
  • Wipe down the shower doors. Using a glass cleaner is often not enough and this task might require using stronger cleaning agents designed especially for bathroom areas.
  • Wipe down any mirrors and ceiling lights.
  • Clean the toilet. It’s not a fun task, but it has to get done. Make sure to wear gloves to prevent getting any unwanted germs on your skin.


A clean bathroom including a bathtub, sink, toilet, and mirror

The Garden

If you are lucky enough to have a garden you will need to do some work on it before the lease expires. Don’t worry though, it won’t require any detailed gardening skills. It comes down to the following:

  • Mow the lawn and trim any hedges.
  • Remove any weeds that might have appeared lately.
  • Remove any waste from the garbage bins and give them a good wash.
  • If there is a barbecue area, make sure to clean around the barbecue and the grill itself. Also, wash the surrounding bricks.
  • If there are any oil stains in the driveway, try putting some sand on them overnight to see if you can remove them. Try washing them with a hose afterward.

If all of these tasks seem overwhelming to you or you feel that you simply do not have the time, keep in mind that hiring professional cleaning services certainly has its upsides. Even if you have no doubts that you could accomplish all of the tasks by yourself, sometimes it is easier to let professionals handle these things whilst you concentrate on the other aspects of your move.



Three, Two, One

The countdown is almost done. The end of your lease is just around the corner. If you follow the end of the lease cleaning checklist above, one of your major tasks will be out of the way. Not only will the cleaning be done, but it will go a long way towards impressing your landlord and making sure you get your deposit back. It should also help you get a good recommendation if you are planning on leasing accommodation somewhere else.