The following list is to be used as a guide for cleaning your rental property when you vacate. As each property is different, there are items that might apply but are omitted from this list, or items on this list that do not apply to your rental property. We would like to point out that you are not charged for ordinary wear and tear, but we do not consider dirt in any form within the scope of the definition of ordinary wear and tear. It is our desire to refund your deposit. If you, as the resident, will follow this cleaning outline, we will be able to do so, provided all terms and conditions of your lease agreement have been met.
- 1. WALL AND CEILINGS
- All nails used for hanging pictures, etc. removed from walls and ceilings. Interior paint touched up where needed, to blend with existing paint. For extensive marking and smears it may be necessary to paint an entire wall, ceiling or room. Do not use glossy paint over flat paint; or flat paint over glossy paint. Fingers, a small wet rag or Q-tips are really good for smoothing out and filling in nail holes and touching them up with paint. Do no leave unsmoothed spackling showing.
- 2. WOODWORK
- All woodwork, including doors and frames, molding, trim, etc. must be free of dust, fingerprints and smears.
- 3. FLOORS
- All vinyl and ceramic tile floors scrubbed. Damp-mop wood floors: Consider polishing the wood floors if they are showing wear.
- 4. CARPETING
- Carpets should be professionally cleaned after you have moved out. ChemDry systems are only good for removing dust and surface dirt; the same can be said for the carpet cleaners available for rent at super markets. Plus, the rental units do not have enough suction to pull out enough of the water causing wicking of stains, a culmination of dirt attracting soap suds and stretching of the carpet. If the carpets have not been cleaned properly we will service them and charge the occurred cost to you.
- 5. LIGHTS
- All fixtures in working order, clean and with burned-out bulbs replaced.
- 6. WINDOWS, SCREENS, AND SLIDING GLASS DOORS
- All windows and sliding glass doors clean on the inside. Window and door tracks clean. Don’t forget to clean the top of the bottom half of the window and the window treatments, especially the mini-blinds.
- 7. KITCHEN (SPECIAL EMPHASIS)
- Cabinets, shelves, drawers, pantry and refrigerator should be empty and clean. Stove and oven empty, clean, and grease-free. If burner pans cannot be cleaned, they should be replaced; do not cover with aluminum foil. Clean behind and under all moveable appliances, i.e. refrigerator & stove. If the stove has a bottom drawer it can be removed and the area cleaned that way.
- 8. SMOKE DETECTORS
- All smoke detectors must be working.
- 9. PETS (IF PRESENT)
- Premises professionally treated with extermination chemicals for fleas and ticks. All damage, including droppings, dead grass and dug holes removed or filled in.
- 10. BATHROOMS (SPECIAL EMPHASIS)
- Cabinets, vanities, shelves, drawers, and medicine cabinets empty and clean: Toilets, tubs, showers and sinks clean. Caulking free of mold and walls free of soap scum: Mirrors, towel bars or rings, and soap and paper holders clean and free of damage. If you caulk be sure that it is smooth, no ‘cake icing’ effect; this promotes mold.
- 11. PLUMBING
- Drains clear of stoppage and running freely. Dripping faucets and leaks repaired. Commodes – not running or overflowing.
- 12. LAUNDRY
- Washer and dryer empty, tubs and filters clean.
- 13. STORAGE AREAS
- Empty and clear of debris, and “broom clean”.
- 14. GARAGE OR CARPORT
- Hosed or swept as needed, with garage door openers left in a kitchen drawer. Don’t forget to clear out the cob webs.
- 15. UTILITIES
- Final bills have been paid (paid receipt). Do not turn off utilities until cleared through property management.
- 16. EXTERIOR
- Yard free of debris, flower beds weeded, lawn freshly mowed, and bushes trimmed. Trash removed or placed in proper containers for pick-up before check out. Gutters professionally cleaned with receipt provided. Often the chimney sweeps will service them. Personal items will be hauled away at your expense.
- 17. FIREPLACE
- Free of ashes and clean: Chimney professionally cleaned with receipt provided.
- 18. FURNACE FILTERS
- Replace furnace filter. For dual zone systems, replace furnace & ceiling filters (both levels).
Following your move-out inspection if it becomes necessary to order services not performed by you in accordance with your Residential Deed of Lease and the move-out inspection checklist, you will be charged for any services performed and a $75.00 administrative fee.
Two hundred dollars ($200.00) of the security deposit will be retained until evidence of payment for final utility bills is received by AH Management.
All keys and a forwarding address must be left with AH Management no later than the last day of occupancy. You will be charged for change of locks if keys are not returned.
Nothing in these instructions is intended to relieve you of responsibility for compliance with any provisions of your Residential Deed of Lease.