Sunday, May 6, 2012

Military Monday- PCS Cleaning Checklist

Depending on your current duty station, the rules by which you must abide by when living in government housing may vary.  One rule that is consistent throughout though is the cleanliness that the housing quarters must be in when vacating the premises. 

Most places will give you the option of cleaning the premises yourself or paying a flat rate to have the government send in a cleaning crew.  Some of us can't afford the $200-300 price tag that a cleaning crew usually entails and therefore spend a couple of days scrubbing away on our own.  This post will give you a general checklist of the items that MUST be cleaned before leaving, including the commonly missed areas.

 Click here for the checklist

If you are residing overseas you qualify for temporary furnishings and are eligible to keep that furniture until you leave.  Of course, most people chose to swap out the ugly furniture for something more homey and attractive, but if you are one of the few that kept the furniture, don't forget to give it a good scrub down before returning it. 

Be sure to maintain and clean all furniture including mattresses because you can be charged for any damage that is incurred during your borrowing period.

If you are the type of person that doesn't keep a clean (or somewhat clean) your home on a regular basis, look forward to having one heck of a chore when it comes to PCSing.  Maintaining your residence during your stay is more than half the battle when it comes to finally taking steps to moving.

Things to look for when continuing maintenance:
  • Clogged drains: Regularly clear hair and miscellaneous objects that obstruct a drain pipe's flow.
  • Dirty walls: Clean walls as they start to get dirty rather than waiting until only a new coat of paint will cover the dirt.
  • Prevent mold: Depending on the climate of your duty station, mold may be a frequent visitor or a distant cousin, be sure to take steps to prevent the onset of mold; therefore, making the clean-up of it MUCH easier.
  • Potential stains: Clean up spills immediately to prevent possible stains on carpets/linoleum/counters/etc.
  • Holes/Scratches/Damage: If something becomes damaged and can be easily fixed, repair as soon as possible to keep from having the damage worsen over time or have to do last minute repairs while stressing about the move.
Keep in mind that if you do not do a thorough job of cleaning your home before the inspection, the inspector may charge you a cleaning fee which completely defeats the purpose of doing it yourself.  In addition to cleaning, any damage that has been done to the building during your time of residency can, and will, lead to a bill for the cost of repairs.  The cost of repairs done by a professional is going to far outweigh the cost of the repairs if the damage is prevented in the first place or if you can manage the repairs yourself.

This checklist picks up after all the packing has been completed and all that remains is the cleaning portion of the PCS.  If you are only half-way through your packing, come back in a couple of days to get your cleaning checklist.

The wonderful part of having a checklist like this is if you turn the cleaning into a group chore with many people all it takes is handing them the list for them to be self starters.  When we were PCSing from Georgia and doing the cleaning for our apartment, the hardest part was stopping every 5 minutes to tell my husband what to do.  I eventually made a list and told him to get busy.  Lucky you, I made the list for you!

As it was with the deployment checklist, I will update periodically if need be and you will always be able to come back to print out a new copy.  If I missed anything that you feel needs to be added, please do not be afraid to shoot me an e-mail or leave a comment below. 

Click here for the checklist


  1. Wow! Thanks so much for this list. I know you posted it awhile back but I just found it and can't wait to get started on my checklist :)

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  3. Nice checklist! Thanks for sharing it. I'm starting my fall cleaning session at home and needed some ideas from where to begin. Greets!


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