A Simple Rental Cleaning Checklist for Property Managers

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In 2019, 44 million U.S. households rented their homes. For property managers, that’s a lot of cleaning and preparation before the new tenant moves in.

Once you’ve screened your tenant and everything is all clear, the next step is rental cleaning and making sure everything is in working order before moving.

Here is our simple rental cleaning checklist:  


From grease and grime to hidden breadcrumbs, the kitchen is the most used room in a home and can quickly become one of the filthiest. 

  • Use soap and water to wash the cabinets inside and out. Clean every corner and hard to reach areas. You don’t want to miss crumbs and attract pests. 
  • Scrub counters, backsplash, sink, and tables. Use bleach and water or a sanitizing cleaner to disinfect surfaces. Make sure the cleaner is safe to use with that specific surface material. 
  • Clean behind and under the stove and refrigerator. Wipe down the top of the fridge. 
  • Wipe down the exterior of the dishwasher and run a few cycles. Clean any other appliances inside and out. 
  • Run ice through the disposal to sharpen the blades and to make sure there are no blockages. 
  • Lastly, sweep and mop the floor. 


This is another room that needs a little bit of elbow grease. This entire room needs a deep clean.

  • Put toilet bowl cleaner in the toilet and let it sit. Scrub the inside of the bowl with a toilet brush. 
  • Run hot water in the tub and sink for one minute. Pour 1/2 cup baking soda and 1/2 cup white vinegar. Let it bubble and sit for 5 minutes and run hot water again to clear debris out of the drains. 
  • Spray and sanitize the toilet, sink, fixtures, tub, and shower walls. Use a separate cloth for the toilet and discard it after use. 
  • Wipe down the cabinets and drawers. 
  • Wash the mirror and shower doors.
  • Wash the walls and door with soap and water. 
  • Dust the trim and bathroom hardware. 
  • Sweep and mop the floor.  

Bedroom & Living Spaces 

Cleaning the bedrooms, living room, and hallways won’t be as labor-intensive as the bathroom and kitchen. This involves some basic cleaning and dusting.

  • Dust the baseboards, door trim, and window sills. Don’t forget the ceiling fans and light fixtures too.  
  • Sanitize and wipe doorknobs, handles, outlet covers, and switch plates. 
  • Remove any stains or discoloration from the walls.
  • Sweep hardwood floors and use a carpet cleaner to do a deep clean on the carpets. 
  • Check all outlets and light switches. Replace any bulbs that need changing and check batteries in smoke detectors. 


It’s not considered cleaning but general maintenance needs to be done before a new tenant moves into their house or apartment. Check the interior and exterior for anything that needs some light maintenance.    


Here is a short maintenance checklist for inside the house or apartment unit: 

  • Check water, gas, and electric to see if everything is functioning properly. 
  • Make sure all appliances are functioning as they should. 
  • Check your heating and cooling units. Schedule routine maintenance for these devices as well. 


Curb appeal is important! Make sure the exterior is maintained and attractive to potential renters. 

  • Make sure the lawn is mowed, weeds are pulled, and bushes are trimmed.
  • Sweep the steps, walkway, and driveway.
  • Clean out the gutters and check the roof for any damage. 

Did You Follow the Rental Cleaning Checklist?

The property is ready for rental if you followed this rental cleaning checklist. Make it look it’s best between tenants. 

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