Not much sounds like less fun than spending your weekend cleaning up your house. Just about the only thing that sounds like less of a good time is cleaning up when you know you're going to be leaving forever. When you are moving, however, this is part of the process. Not only is it polite to clean up before you leave, you want to make sure that you give every reason to get your security deposit back in full. This is often worth a full month's rent and can be extremely useful in helping you with moving costs. Changing where you live is not a cheap process, so every little bit that you can get back will always help.

Leaving your apartment nice and clean doesn't have to be a difficult process if you have the right tools. Things like rug shampooers and steam cleaners can often be rented from local locations which can help you get a better clean than vacuuming alone. These types of machines can be great to rent periodically anyway, just to make sure that your rugs aren't too filthy when you do need to clean them when you're ready to move. It's always best to leave this step for last, though. You want to do your best to make sure the furniture is out and you can simply close the door and not track any more dirt across the newly washed floors before your landlord sees.

Another important thing to do before you leave the apartment is to clean all of the windows. You want to make sure that as much light as possible is coming in. After all, any room with dirty windows will look dirty itself. While this may be annoying, it's important to wash them both inside and out. Many windows will have tabs on the top so you can fold them in and wash both sides. There are even special cloth towels that you can use along with specific cleaner which reduces the chance of getting those streaks that ruin the look of the clean.

When it comes to getting a good clean before you move out, there are dozens of tips and tricks you can use. What really matters most, however, is that you leave it as close to new as possible. A little bit of elbow grease now can only help you with things in the long run!