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The Complete Checklist for Moving out of Rental Properties - Infographic

Moving home can be a stressful time. Whether you’re moving next door or across the country, there’s still a long list of things that need to be taken care of before you lock your front door for good. Thankfully our moving out checklist will help you to keep a handle on what needs to be done and when.

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The Complete Checklist for Moving out of Rental Properties – transcript

Moving can be stressful and so is thought that your deposit is at stake. Don’t risk losing out with our complete cleaning checklist. Remember: if you’re renting a shared property then you are all responsible for its condition when you move out . . .

First things first

Make sure you’ve notified your landlord or letting agency of your intention to move out.

A few weeks to go

Sort out your things. Binning isn’t the only way! You can:

  • Donate
  • Sell
  • Recycle
  • Gift

In the few weeks before you move you should get rid of rubbish and start to pack things you won’t need for a little while.

The week of

Agree a cleaning schedule with your housemates. Your deposit will be claimed if the property is not in the condition it was when you first moved in.

Where to clean?

The bathroom

  • Scrub everywhere, including the grout!
  • Dust, hoover, mop and empty the bins.


  • Empty, clean and defrost fridge and freezer. Switch off and leave doors open.
  • Empty and clean cupboards.
  • Empty bins, dust, hoover and mop.
  • Wipe all appliances and tiles.
  • Clean oven, grill and hob.

Top Tip

Mould in sealant can be cleaned away by applying kitchen roll soaked in bleach and leaving it for a few hours – magic!

All rooms

  • Dust, hoover and mop where necessary.
  • Move furniture to its original position.
  • Wipe skirting boards.
  • Clean all windows.

You should also:

  • Weed and tidy the garden if you’re responsible for it.
  • Take meter readings. Give this info, as well as your tenancy end date, to your utilities companies.
  • Recycle anything you’re leaving behind properly.
  • Check if you need to turn off the heating.
  • Lock all windows and doors and return the keys when expected to.
  • Leave a forwarding address with your landlord or letting agency.

Did you know?

32% of withheld deposits were kept due to cleaning issues.

Statistic taken from:

Created by Varcity Living Ltd.