CLEANING GUIDELINES FOR INITIAL RENTAL
Remember: Your home only has one chance to make a good first impression!
___ 1. Gently sweep ceilings for cobwebs and dust. Clean all ceiling fans, light fixtures, replace missing or burned out light bulbs – all bulbs must match. Use 60-watt bulbs unless fixture states otherwise. Clean bugs from all light fixtures.
___ 2. Clean all interior and exterior doors, walls, trim, baseboards, windowsills and the window grids. Some paint is difficult to wash but try to get off the smudges, fingerprints and marks. Wipe off all light switch covers and plug outlets.
___ 3. Clean blinds, windows, window sills/sashes, storm windows, doors and storm doors inside and out and secure all screens. Clean both sides of all doors (interior and exterior). Sliding glass door tracks must be clear of any dust, dirt or sand and be moving freely. Check for any torn screens or broken windows that need repair.
___ 4. Change the heat/AC filter, clean the grate, vacuum all vents and bathroom vent fans. Clean and sweep out the fireplace. Remove all old logs and ashes. Clean fireplace screen and glass.
___ 5. Clean the stove, replace the burner drip pans, clean the oven, racks, oven door, broiler parts, hood, under the hood, filter and vent. Leave the broiler pan in the oven. If there is woodwork under the oven, be careful oven cleaner does not drip on it.
___ 6. Clean all cabinets, drawers and shelves, inside and out. Use a product such as Murphy’s Oil Soap, then finish with a product such as Scott’s Liquid Gold on all wood cabinets, paneling and unpainted woodwork. Please follow all manufacturer’s and label directions.
___ 7. Clean refrigerator (if provided) with a mild soap. Follow with a vinegar solution and leave it turned on. Clean underneath, behind, grillwork, inside all door gaskets and the drip pan. Wipe off the dishwasher, washer & dryer inside and out.
___ 8. Bathrooms should be thoroughly scrubbed to include toilet bowls and base, sink, mirror, vanity, floor, bathtub/showers and walls. Make sure all soap scum is off the tubs, tile, showers and doors. Finish with a mildew resistant cleaner. Wipe out medicine cabinets; remove all soap and detergents (toilet paper may be left). Caulk tub and tile work if necessary.
___ 9. Mop and wax all floors, where appropriate and clean ceramic tile with a mildew resistant cleaner. Ceramic tile grout (all areas) should be thoroughly cleaned to move all dirt built up. All carpets must be professionally steam cleaned after the house is vacant. We recommend the services of Don Jones Carpet Cleaning: 910-9880 or Allstar Carpet Cleaning: 936-9176. If the carpet is not cleaned to the condition that it was prior to your move in, we will have it re-cleaned and charged your security deposit.
___ 10. Sweep out the garage, clear out the attic. Leave any garbage cans inside the garage. Windows in the garage must be cleaned. Remove any stains (oil, paint, etc) on the garage floor.
___ 11. Mow the yard, trim the shrubbery, prune small trees, edge and sweep all walkways and driveways. Rake the leaves and pick up all the trash. Clean out the flowerbeds and replace with fresh bedding. Garbage bags may not be left out more than one day. Please arrange with friends or neighbors to put garbage out on collection day. If we have to remove it, you will be charged.
___ 12. Make all necessary repairs per the Maintenance paragraph of your lease paying special attention to plumbing items (leaking toilets, sinks and faucets)
___ 13. Remove all personal items from the house and yard.
WE OFTEN HAVE TO CHARGE FOR:
Carpets cleaned by sub-standard vendors
Incomplete general cleaning including cleaning of grout. Please follow the guidelines provided
Incorrectly made repairs
Lawn maintenance: Mow, Edge, Weed, Trim and Water
Burnt out light bulbs, “dead” smoke detector batteries and dirty A/C filters
Trash disposal – Remove EVERYTHING that belongs to you
Replacement of broken and unreturned garage door openers