The cleanliness of a rental property is very important for both the tenant and the landlord. As a landlord, making sure that your rental property is in tip-top condition at the very start of a rental period will help ensure that this is the state that the property will be returned to you in. A properly presented and prepared home will also have a higher rental return with a greater number of high-quality applicants.

When a tenant is leaving a property at the end of their rental period, the condition of the property is expected to be similar to the condition that it was given to them at the beginning of their term – as documented in accompanying photos and ingoing condition reports. If not, the rental deposit paid at the beginning of the tenancy can be withheld to recover the costs of repairs and cleaning that may be required to bring the property back to its previous condition.

So, what can a landlord do to ensure that their rental property is as clean as it was before the tenant moved in? How can a tenant know that they’ve covered and cleaned everything that is required of them? Pintable cleaning checklists will help guide the tenant and the landlord on how a rental property should be cleaned to bring it back to the condition it was in at the beginning of the rental period.

Rental House Cleaning Checklist PDF

Below we’ll go over some of the important steps that are included on the house cleaning checklist PDF that should be cleaned before and after a rental property has been rented.

General Cleaning for The Entire Home (Every Room)

  • Clean all filters and air conditioners
  • Remove any marks from all the switches, ceilings, doors, and walls. Hand marks and/or fingerprints can remain in a certain light if they aren’t cleaned thoroughly
  • Remove any marks left behind by insects and any cobwebs
  • Clean light fixtures, making sure that any insects have been removed from the inside and that the outside of the fixture is free of dust, grease, and marks. Be careful when you remove light fittings because they can be hard to remove if they haven’t been touched in some time
  • Clean all mirrors and make sure that they don’t have any streaks
  • Remove and clean all dust from any ceiling fans
  • Clean blinds and curtains, making sure that they are returned to the same condition that is indicated in the ingoing condition report
  • Remove and clean dust from all of the cupboards, tops of doors, windowsills, and skirting boards
  • Make sure that all cupboards, shelves, drawers, and wardrobes are clean
  • Make sure that you’ve cleaned underneath and behind all furniture
  • Vacuum all sliding door and window tracks to remove insects and dust
  • Make sure that the carpet is professionally cleaned, allow for fair wear and tear
  • Mop and sweep all non-carpeted floors, making sure that there are no stains or marks (including drying marks) left behind

Cleaning the Kitchen

  • Remove greasy and dust build-up from exhaust fans
  • Clean all doors and cupboards inside and out, making sure that there are no crumbs or stains left behind
  • Clean the body of the range hood and remove and clean the filter
  • Clean the stovetop, make sure that no burn marks or stains are remaining around the heating elements
  • Clean plugs, drains, sinks, and tapware
  • Clean outside and inside of the griller and oven, including trays and racks
  • Clean the oven glass outside and inside, removing any splatters or marks

Cleaning the Bathroom

  • As with the other rooms, make sure that all drawers, cupboards, window tracks, windows, mirrors, floors, and walls have been thoroughly cleaned
  • Clean the toilet(s)
  • Clean the towel racks
  • Clean the bathtub
  • Bleach clean the shower curtain or replace it if required
  • Clean all tapware and sinks
  • Remove any built-up soap scum or any signs of mold on shower screens and tiles
  • Clean the shower recess
  • Make sure that no soap or hair build-up remains in the bath or shower drains

Cleaning the Laundry Room

  • As with the other rooms, clean the cupboards, window tracks, windows, floors, and walls thoroughly
  • Ensure that the washing machine is free from any detergent or marks
  • Clean all tapware
  • Clean around and behind the washer and dryer
  • Clean the laundry sink and cabinet
  • Remove any lint from the dryer

Outdoor Patio/Deck Cleaning

  • Clean all glass and railings
  • Sweep and/or mop
  • Remove any marks left behind by insects and all cobwebs

Removing Garbage

  • If vacating before the next trash pickup, make sure that the trash bins are by the road for the next collection
  • Remove any non-general or large wash from the property

Cleaning Up After Pets

  • Make sure that the property receives plenty of ventilation before leaving the property
  • Clean all pet mess from the lawn
  • Figure out if a deodorizer is needed
  • Remove all pet debris and toys from the yard
  • Refer to your lease regarding any requirements for professional cleaning of the carpet(s) and/or fumigating for fleas
  • Clean all pet hair from window screens
  • Clean all hair and marks from the curtains and walls
  • Thoroughly clean all marks and hair from the sliding doors


  • Make sure that the lawn is nicely mowed and that all the edges have been trimmed
  • If there is a pool, return it to the condition in the ingoing report
  • Remove any weeds from the garden

Having a house cleaning checklist PDF on hand makes it easier for tenants and landlords to clean a rental property in the way that it needs to be done. A house cleaning checklist PDF ensures that the rental property is returned to the condition it was in before the tenant took up residence in the rental property. It also helps layout a good plan for a regular cleaning schedule to maintain a clean space.

This ensures that the cleaning process doesn’t need to be done more than once and can save tenants from having their rental deposit taken away from them.