Please refer to the check-in sheet you filled out within 7 days of moving into your apartment since this is what is used to gauge cleanliness and damage.
Most common cleaning oversights:
Dirty kitchen cabinets & drawers - please wipe them out
Dirty refrigerators - wipe out and make sure the drawers and crisper are cleaned
Dirty ovens - please use oven cleaner or the self cleaner
Floors beneath the appliances - pull them out and sweep and mop
Common area debris left behind - this includes basements and hallways. Please remove any stored items and stored trash
Improper disposal of recyclables and items that require payment to the city. Microwaves, tv’s, monitors, are often left curbside without a sticker from the city. Massive piles of cardboard left curbside are also a common sight.
Sweep and mop all non-carpeted floors
Clean all hardwood floors using appropriate hardwood cleaner, such as Bona Hardwood cleaner
Wash insides and outsides of all windows
Vacuum window sills
Put all screens and storm-windows back in the appropriate frames
Clean bugs and dust out of overhead light fixtures
Dust off top of doors and trim above windows or baseboards
Remove ALL personal items from apartment, basement, garage and common areas.
Replace any burned out light bulbs or fuses
Wipe off closet shelving and remove hangers
Clean stove and broiler (Easy-Off® works well, even on the surface of the stove) Do NOT get any oven cleaner on linoleum! It will stain it.
Clean floor under stove and refrigerator
Clean out and disinfect refrigerator and freezer. PLEASE LEAVE REFRIGERATOR PLUGGED IN AND ON!
Clean and sanitize dishwasher
Remove all food items from shelves
Wipe out all drawers
Wipe out below kitchen sink
Wipe out the inside of kitchen cabinets and drawers
Clean bathtub and toilet
Clean the inside of bathroom cabinets
Mop all linoleum or tile
Remove all garbage and stored items
Yard and Garbage:
Remove any debris from yard
Everything left on the curb must be suitable for pick-up and in appropriate containers per city refuse and recycling laws. Cardboard boxes may NOT be used to hold garbage. Recyclable containers may NOT be mixed in with garbage, and must be in clear plastic bags or city-sponsored crates. If you have any questions regarding garbage collection guidelines, please visit City of Madison Refuse and Recycling
Repair any damage to the lawn or apartment caused by your pet
Keys should be left next to the kitchen sink on your scheduled move-out day. I will not be available to personally accept your keys.
PLEASE VACATE YOUR APARTMENT BY 12:00 NOON on the last day of your lease!
Any cleaning that must be done by my staff may be charged against your security deposit at the rate of $48 per labor hour.
Thank you for your effort! Just as you appreciate moving into a clean apartment, so do the tenants moving into yours.