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Junk Removal Tips For Cleaning a Rental Unit

Updated: Jun 2, 2023

Nearing the end of your lease? When you’re packing to move out of your rental, it can be a good opportunity to get rid of some of the excess junk that you no longer want or need. It will also be important to keep excess costs down by avoiding leaving any junk for your landlord to have to deal with. Here is a good checklist of things to do when you’re getting ready to move out of a rental.

Choose What You Want to Keep

The first step is to decide what you want to keep when you move and what you want to get rid of. This may seem obvious, but it can be a great help in both removing clutter and keeping your new residence free of clutter. Dividing your things such as creating a checklist of items you want to keep vs. discard is a good place to start. Make sure you check every part of the rental property; otherwise your landlord may charge you for the cost of having those items removed.

Sorting Your Belongings

As part of what you’re deciding to keep and get rid of, sorting your items by type is a good way to decide what needs to go. If you find yourself with two coffee makers, you only need to hang on to one, for instance. Once you have the items sorted out and what you want to keep, you can decide what to do with the rest. Donating items in good condition is an option, as is recycling others which are more well used.


Once you have your stuff taken care of, you will want to do a thorough cleaning of the rental property. An itemized, room-by-room list can be very helpful with avoiding missing anything. While cleaning the floors and toilet/bathtub are givens, it’s also important to remember other things such as dusting ceiling fans, and replacing burnt out light bulbs. Most landlords will expect the place to be as spotless as possible.


Leaving the property spotless also extends to performing any repairs it is possible to make. Filling nail holes in walls, fixing broken blinds, fixing a toilet seat, and repainting scuffs on walls are just a few possible repairs you will need to make. Performing these repairs yourself can help save you money that the landlord may bill you for if they have to hire someone to repair them instead.

If you’re looking to get rid of your junk for moving out of a rental, or just doing some Spring Cleaning, Smith Brothers Junk Removal can help! We’re happy to provide junk removal services for the areas of Milwaukee, West Allis, Waukesha and their surrounding counties. You can learn more about our services here.

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