The Ultimate Checklist for Move In/Move Out Cleaning

Hello, dear readers! If you’re reading this, chances are you’re in the middle of a big life change. Maybe you’re bidding farewell to your old home, or perhaps you’re on the cusp of moving into your dream space. Either way, congratulations! But before you start picturing where your furniture will go, there’s one big task ahead: move in/move out cleaning.

You might be wondering, “What makes this cleaning different from my regular weekend scrub?” Trust us, the devil is in the details here. From wiping down ceiling fans to mopping floors, this thorough cleaning ensures you’re leaving your old place in pristine condition (hello, security deposit!) or moving into a spotless, fresh home.

So, let’s dive into the nitty-gritty with our Ultimate Checklist for Move In/Move Out Cleaning!

Before You Start: Supplies You’ll Need

  1. Multi-Surface Cleaner: For countertops, sinks, and more.
  2. Glass Cleaner: For mirrors and windows.
  3. Disinfectant: For bathroom and kitchen.
  4. Floor Cleaner: Specific to your type of floor.
  5. Sponges and Scrubbers: Different types for different surfaces.
  6. Microfiber Cloths: For dusting and wiping.
  7. Mop and Bucket
  8. Vacuum Cleaner
  9. Broom and Dustpan
  10. Trash Bags: For all the things you’ll realize you don’t need anymore.

Optional but helpful:

  • Rubber gloves
  • Old toothbrush (for grout and small nooks)
  • Duster with an extendable arm
  • Step ladder


Countertops and Surfaces

  • Wipe down all countertops and surfaces
  • Clean the stovetop
  • Wipe down the microwave (inside and outside)
  • Clean the exterior of the oven, dishwasher, and any other appliances

Inside Appliances

  • Deep clean the oven
  • Clean the fridge and freezer (don’t forget to defrost!)
  • Wipe down the inside of the microwave
  • Clean the dishwasher

Cabinets and Drawers

  • Empty and wipe down all cabinets and drawers
  • Replace liners if necessary


  • Sweep and mop the floor (make sure to clean corners)


Toilets, Sinks, and Tubs

  • Scrub the toilet (don’t forget the area around the base)
  • Clean the sink and polish the faucet
  • Clean the tub and/or shower, including tiles

Mirrors and Fixtures

  • Wipe down mirrors
  • Clean light fixtures and replace bulbs if necessary

Floors and Walls

  • Sweep and mop the floors
  • Wipe down walls and any tile

Bedrooms and Living Areas


  • Dust all surfaces, starting from top surfaces like shelves down to your tables and dressers
  • Wipe down all surfaces with a moist cloth


  • Clean the windows (inside and out if possible)
  • Wipe down the window sills and ledges


  • Vacuum carpets (consider a professional clean if necessary)
  • Sweep and mop any hard floors


  • Clean ceiling fans and light fixtures
  • Wipe down baseboards
  • Clean out fireplace if you have one

Final Touches

  • Remove all nails and screws and patch up holes in walls
  • Check that all light bulbs are working and replace if necessary
  • Empty all trash bins and remove all trash from the property
  • Double-check all drawers and cabinets to make sure nothing is left behind

Professional Cleaning: Yay or Nay?

If this all sounds like too much work, especially amidst the stress of moving, consider hiring a professional cleaning service. It might cost you, but it can also save you time and effort that can be better spent on other aspects of your move.


Phew! You made it through. Your old (or new) place should now be sparkling clean and ready for its next chapter. Cleaning might not be the most glamorous part of moving, but it’s essential for a smooth transition. Plus, doing it right can save you money and hassle in the long run.

Happy moving, and may your new home bring you nothing but joy and fabulous memories!

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