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How House Cleaning Between Tenants Works

As a landlord, a great deal of your time and energy is put into looking after your tenants and making sure that they have a safe and habitable living space. From rent collection to routine maintenance tasks, you have a responsibility to stay on top of everything. But what about those gaps between tenants? What about when your rental space is sitting empty?

It can be easy to let these times slip through your fingers in the hustle and bustle of the daily grind, but they serve an important purpose. New tenants will expect a clean space, free of any remaining signs of the previous residents. Plan ahead and use that time before a tenant’s move-in date to do a deep clean. Here’s a brief overview of what that will look like for you:

Walls & Flooring

Walls and floors can get scuffed, scratched, and stained with use. Take the time to make sure everything looks as good as new for your next tenants: polish hardwood floors, replace worn carpeting, fill nail holes in the walls, and repaint to cover scuffs as necessary.

Appliances & Cabinetry

Appliances come standard with most rental spaces, so be sure that yours are in proper working order. Also, clean and polish any cabinetry in the kitchen and bathrooms, and scrub the countertops for maximum cleanliness.


Bathrooms should always receive a deep cleaning between residents. The last thing a tenant wants when they first move in is a dirty bathroom. Whether you hire a professional or you decide to do it yourself, leave no nook or cranny untouched: sanitize the shower, bath, toilet, sink, and floors.


Are your furnishings looking a little worn or threadbare? It may be time to get them replaced or reupholstered. The gap between tenants is the perfect time to shop around and make sure your rental space has all the comforts of home.


Access to water and electricity are staples in the modern world. Take a good look around your property, and honestly evaluate the state of your utilities. Are your pipes in good condition? Do you have any loose wiring? Address any problems as needed.


An official move-out inspection will allow you to assess the condition of your space before admitting new tenants. If there are any issues that require fixing, leave yourself plenty of time to resolve them before the tenant’s lease begins.

Talley Properties: Management Services

Let the professionals take care of unit move-in preparation. As one of Talley Properties’ valuable client services, we’ll handle the painting and cleaning before a new tenant arrives. To learn more about what we have to offer, contact us today!

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