Moving Out of Your Chicago Apartment: A Preparation Checklist

January 05th, 2017
By Brandon Boyewsky

Moving can be a hassle no matter how you handle it, especially in a large city like Chicago. The act of packing up all your belongings and relocating to a new home can leave you profoundly exhausted and overwhelmed. If you’re hoping to get your security deposit back, you will need to be responsible and leave your apartment cleaner than it was when you first moved in.

Here is a simple checklist of things to do before you hand in your keys


When it comes to walls, be sure to do the following. Remove all staples, nails, hooks or screws. Patch any holes left behind. The walls should be wiped down with warm water or a magic eraser to get rid of tape residues, dirt or markings of any kind.


The bathroom should be properly cleaned to leave it free from dust, hair, mold, or toothpaste. Disinfect the sink, shower, tub and toilet with bleach or an all natural alternative like tea tree oil spray. Clean the mirrors with a glass cleaner. Don’t forget to scrub the floor, vents or windows as well.

Chicago apartment move out checklist and how toKitchen

The kitchen is room that you should pay special attention to. Use a multi-purpose cleaner for the cabinets, drawers, microwave, refrigerator, oven, stovetop, backsplash, countertops and sink. Polish the appliances.


Once you have removed furniture and other components from your bedroom, living room or hallway, it should not take much time to clean. Simply sweep the floors, vacuum and mop the empty room. Wipe down your ceiling fans and light fixtures. Dust the baseboards and windowsills. Spray the windows with a glass cleaner or vinegar.

Outside and Exterior

The exterior of the house, including the balcony or patio should also be given a once-over. Remove any remaining garbage bags from the apartment and leave the garage empty. Make this your last step!

Bottom Line

The better you clean the house, the greater the likelihood your entire security deposit will be returned. You also have the option of making your move-out process simpler by seeking the help of a professional cleaning agency as they can remove the burdens of this to-do list through their experience and expertise.

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