Move-Out Cleaning Checklist

Cleaning Requirements for Vacating Tenants

Everyday tenants just like you move out of their rental home without thinking about the potential fees that could be deducted from their security deposits, only to be unpleasantly surprised at what those fees add up to when (or if) they get any of their security deposit refunded.

The following cleaning requirements must be accomplished before vacating the property and the property should be left thoroughly cleaned. Consider using this checklist to ensure you’ve covered all of your responsibilities by checking off each item as you complete it. Whether you do the cleaning yourself or hire a professional to do it, each item must be completed upon vacating. Every item will be examined for completion when we inspect your unit at move-out. 

Remember that all keys, remotes controls, and pool cards must be returned to our office and we must have a forwarding address in order to refund your deposit. Also, please keep in mind that your refund will take up to 30 days to be returned. Finally, there may be additional cleaning concerns that are specific to your rental home that may not be covered in this checklist, so be thorough.

Mandatory Professional Carpet Cleaning

Liberty Management requires that carpets MUST be professionally cleaned upon vacating. Do NOT rent machines from a store or use home cleaning machines. Only professional cleaning is acceptable.

Call one of the following professional carpet vendors to schedule your carpet cleaning. These vendors have been approved by Liberty and meet our standards of carpet cleaning. You will receive preferred pricing just for being a Liberty Management resident.

Truckmount Steam Clean, LLC
(210) 309-1415


Steam Kleen Pros
(210) 286-5361

*A copy of your carpet cleaning receipt must be turned into Liberty Management. If another company is used and carpets are not cleaned to our standards, you risk the chance of having the carpets re-cleaned at your expense.

**Residents who have pets must ensure to have any spot treatments or pet treatments done as needed. If any Odors or Pet Odors resurfaces after you have vacated the property you are responsible for charges incurred to remove the odor. *Failure to approve pet treatment services recommended by the vendor can result in additional expenses.

Recommended General Cleaning Service

Our experience has been that after the work and stress of moving out, tenants may be too tired to clean the house. We recommend considering a professional cleaning company. If you hire a professional cleaning service you should provide them a list of what we expect and oversee and inspect their work. 

You are certainly free to choose any company, however, we advise using our recommended cleaners:

Margarita Canela Cleaning Services
(210) 724-3202

*If you hire a general cleaner other than our recommended cleaner, be sure the cleaner will guarantee their work to Liberty Management’s standards/satisfaction. If the cleaning is not done to our satisfaction, tenants will be charged for any additional cost to have the property cleaned to our standards.

Please follow this checklist carefully. If the house does not meet the prerequisites after the inspection, applicable charges will be made with no exceptions.

If you are not able to get in touch with the vendors recommended, please contact your Property Manager for assistance.

Cleaning Checklist

Entire Dwelling:

Windows, Glass and Patio Doors:



Light Fixtures / Ceiling Fans:

Walls / Ceilings:

HV/AC Unit and Vents:

Furnace / Water Heaters:


Stove / Range / Range Hood / Bottom of Micro Hood:

Range Hood/ Bottom of Stove must be cleaned THOROUGHLY! The entire surface area, including the eyes and underneath the eyes, the vent hood, the oven, and the storage area should be clean and free of grease. The drip pans should be replaced. The filter in the vent hood should be removed, washed, dried, and put back in place. HINT: Put the filter in the dishwasher and run it through a normal cycle.

SELF-CLEANING OVENS NOTE: Do not clean oven racks or other range accessories in self-cleaning ovens. Do not use oven cleaner in self-cleaning ovens, as it will damage the interior surface.




Cabinets and Drawers:

Sink and surrounding areas:






Showers and tubs:

Vanities and cabinets:

Lights, ceiling and ventilation:


Windows & Doors:

Living areas and hallways:

Laundry Area:


Garage / Storage:


Possible Cleaning Charges to Security Deposit:

Note: These minimum charges are subject to change at any time without notice.

Clean Carpet $150 + Oven or Stove $75 +
Vent Hood $35 + Replace Range Pans $40 +
Refrigerator $50 + Freezer $20 +
Counters / Cabinets $5 + Toilet $30 +
Drawers / Sinks $5 + Bathtub $30 +
Dishwasher $20 + Mirrors (each) $10 +
Mini-Blinds (each) $20 + Windows (each) $10 +
Vertical Blinds (each) $35 + Floors $30 +
Ceiling Fans $25 + Patio $25 +
Sliding Glass Door $25 + Clean Garage $50 +
Cleaning dirt vent hood $35 + Furniture Removal $100 +
Cleaning walls (per wall) $35 + Vertical Slates $15 +
Re-keying when no keys are returned $95 + Light Bulbs (each) $5 +
Trash Removal from interior of house $65 + Specialty Bulbs (each) $15 +
Trash Removal from exterior of house $65 + Screens $35 +
Wash windows and tracks $20 + Windows $200 +
Cleaning Fireplace $35 + Oven Rack $30 +
Drip Pans (all 4) $45 + Switch Plates (each) $5 +
Light Fixtures $100 + Battery for smoke alarm $10 +
Door Replacement $100 + Blind Wand $5 +
Light Globes $25 + Reinstall Doors on Track $30 +
Toilet Seat $40 + Tub Stopper / Drain Covers $15 +
Service Call / Trip Charge $45 +