If you have lived in an apartment for several years that you are probably now wondering what you need to do in order to make sure you get your security deposit back in full. Well the best thing that you can do is first recruit some clearing help. The more people that you have to help you clean an apartment the easier it will be. You will need to make sure that you first remove all of your items out of the apartment. This will help you to get everything repaired and clean to perfection.
Once all of your items have been removed you should start with the basement first if you have one or the bedrooms. Wipe down all of the walls and remove any window treatments. If you had any nails stuck in the walls then you should make sure that they are fully removed and then fill in the holes with filler. You can purchase filler at your local hardware store. If there is a Loews or home depot in your are than these stores should. Another suggestion on how to fill in holes is to use toothpaste. Just make sure it is white and avoid the gel kind. Then sand it down gently after it has had time to sit for a while. Then you will need to make sure that all of your cabinets are cleaned on the inside and the outside. All you need is a little disinfectant cleaner and a rag and you can wipe down all of the cabinets. Too clean out the fridge you obviously want to make sure that you have removed all of your food a than disinfect the fridge thoroughly. Make sure that you also wipe down the outside of the fridge.
Inspect all of the windows thoroughly and wipe them down and clean as well. You should even go as far as to make sure that the window sills are all cleaned out. If you have a self clean oven then you should have no problem. Just allow the oven to self cleans itself and then you have one less item to worry about. You still will have to make sure that you wipe down the outside of the oven as well. Even your tubs and toilets need to be cleaned out thoroughly. Remember that cleaning out your apartment will definitely take a lot of hard work, but if you want to make sure that you get your security deposit back it is very important to make sure that it is cleaned out perfectly. Even if it was not that clean when you first moved in, you should take the time to make sure it is done correctly. After you have finished cleaning you will need to make sure that you take pictures of all of the rooms and even take pictures of different angels. Then have the pictures developed the same day and save the receipt and the negatives. This way you will have documented proof of how the apartment looked when you moved out.