Whether you bid farewell to a cozy apartment or a spacious house in the heart of Tucson, moving out comes with a mile-long checklist. At the top? Cleaning. Flat Rate Maids knows that a proper move-out clean can not only secure your deposit but also leave your old place feeling like home for the next resident. We’ve compiled the ultimate move-out cleaning checklist to ensure every corner of your home is sparkling.

The Flat Rate Maids Move-Out Cleaning Checklist:


  • Dust and Wash: All surfaces must be dusted and wiped down, including ceiling fans, light fixtures, and windowsills.
  • Walls and Baseboards: Check for scuffs and marks. Gently wipe down or use a magic eraser for stubborn spots.
  • Floors: Vacuum carpets; sweep and mop hardwood or tile floors. Consider professional carpet cleaning if stains are present.
  • Windows: Clean the inside of windows and any reachable exterior spots. Remember the window tracks!
  • Doors: Wipe down doors and door handles, removing fingerprints and smudges.
  • Outlets and Switches: Use a damp cloth to wipe down all outlets and light switch plates.


  • Appliances: Deep clean the oven, stovetop, refrigerator, dishwasher, and microwave. Pull out appliances to clean surrounding walls and floors.
  • Cabinets and Drawers: Empty and wipe down all surfaces. Remember the tops of cabinets where dust gathers.
  • Sink and Countertops: Scrub the sink and polish the faucet. Wipe down and disinfect countertops.
  • Garbage Disposal: Run with ice cubes and lemon peels to clean and freshen up.


  • Toilet: Clean and disinfect inside and out. Pay attention to the base and behind the toilet.
  • Shower/Bathtub: Remove soap scum and mildew. Clean shower doors or wash the shower curtain.
  • Sink and Countertops: Clean and disinfect, including the faucet and drain.
  • Mirrors: Wipe down mirrors to a streak-free shine.
  • Exhaust Fan: Dust and ensure it’s free of debris.

Bedrooms and Living Areas:

  • Closets: Vacuum the closet floors, wipe down shelves, and ensure all personal items are removed.
  • Floors: Carpets should be vacuumed and treated for any spots. Hard floors mopped and polished.
  • Light Fixtures: Dust and wipe down and replace any burnt-out light bulbs.

Additional Tips:

  • Odor Removal: Place baking soda on carpets overnight before vacuuming to remove odors.
  • Repair Minor Damages: Patch small holes in walls and touch up paint if necessary.
  • Document Cleanliness: Take photos after cleaning for evidence of the property’s condition.


Our checklist is designed with Tucson’s rental market in mind, ensuring you leave your space in top-notch condition for the next occupants. If you need more time or supplies, Flat Rate Maids is at your service to provide a comprehensive move-out clean, guaranteeing a hassle-free transition to your new home. We’re here to turn your daunting move-out to-do list into a done list. Contact us today and let us handle the dirty work while you focus on making your next move.

Remember, a move-out clean is more than a chore; it’s your farewell to a home that’s been part of your story, and it’s a warm welcome to the next chapter for someone else. With Flat Rate Maids, you can trust that every corner will be cared for with attention and respect.


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