After Construction Clean-Up: A Comprehensive Checklist


After completing a construction project, the next step is to inspect it before handing the property to the new owner. The inspection sees to it that everything is clean, safe and organized. Checks also ensure that any damages are handled and the property complies with the building standards. To ensure that all these are done, there is a need to utilize a custom post-construction cleaning checklist. This way, no step is skipped.

In essence, a construction cleanup checklist is a detailed document that breaks down all the areas of a worksite into categories for the purposes of cleaning. Workers find it helpful as it helps them identify cleanup tasks that are necessary before project hand-over. Here is what a typical checklist entails.

Entrances and Exits

Because the first thing your client will notice is the doors that enter and leave the building, they must be adequately inspected and cleaned. 

Ensure to:

  • Dust the exterior lights

  • Repair any lights that may not be functioning

  • Wipe windows

  • Clean door frames, doorknobs and doors

  • Sweep entrance ways

Living Rooms and Common Areas

These areas should be clean, clear, well-lit and devoid of any debris. No evidence should point to previous construction works.

Ensure that:

  • Floors are clean

  • Lights are working 

  • Light switches and doorknobs are sparkling clean

  • Windows, window tracks and sills are wiped down

  • There are no paint drops on the floor

  • Any trash is removed

  • Doors and their frames are clean


Since this is the area that a homeowner will be spending most of their time, it is crucial that you leave nothing to chance. Cleanups are the perfect chance to check for errors in the kitchen spaces and crevices and ensure everything is in order.

The following should be done:

  • Dusting the counters and shelves

  • Cleaning inside appliances

  • Cleaning drawers and cabinets

  • Cleaning and securing cabinet hardware

  • Sweeping and vacuuming floors

  • Cleaning windows and sills

  • Removing trash

  • Cleaning the sink and backsplash

  • Wiping down finishes and fixtures


Although the bathroom is usually among the smallest spaces in a home, it should be kept clean and functional nonetheless.

The following should be done before project hand-over:

  • Cleaning and sanitizing the tub, shower and sink

  • Sanitizing the toilet

  • Wiping down mirrors, counters and cabinets

  • Sweeping and vacuuming floors

  • Cleaning inside drawers and cabinets

  • Removing trash

  • Cleaning windows, doors, light fixtures and doorknobs

Bedrooms and outdoor living spaces too need a thorough clean-up before hand-over. Even though the checklist above mainly focuses on residential buildings, it is possible to create a custom one for commercial property too.


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