Let’s face it, moving is one of the most stressful parts of the home buying process. On top of that, the job’s not done until your old house is emptied and cleaned; which can be stressful in and of itself. Washing windows and scrubbing floors may not sound like the most appealing aspects of the moving experience, but it is amongst the most important. You’ll want to clean up your old home in order to get back your security deposit or make your property more desirable for potential buyers. In addition, you’ll want to ensure that your new home is spotless when you’re moving in. We’ve compiled a checklist of cleaning activities in order to lessen the strain of shaping up your home and allow you to ease into the next chapter of your life.
We recommend waiting until all your furniture items are packed up until beginning to clean. Trying to navigate around numerous pieces of furniture and moving boxes will just leave you with more work post-packing. An important rule to ensure time and quality effectiveness is to work task-by-task, rather than room-by-room – i.e. starting with dry cleaning activities like dusting and vacuuming each room then moving on to mopping and washing. Before you’re ready to focus on the rooms, you’ll want to take care of a few preliminary tidying duties.
With the basic steps and rules in mind for cleaning your home, it’s time to move on to the rooms. Be sure to read through each of these checklists first and then prepare cleaning tasks as needed. Remember, you’re going to want to perform these duties task-by-task rather than room-by-room.
Once you’re pleased with the cleanliness of your home, we advise that you take photographs in order to preserve proof of its excellent condition (and get your deposit back!). Before unpacking all of your belongings in your new home, you may want to go through a few of these steps once again in case the previous tenants neglected to leave it in perfect condition. Your furniture should be clean from the move, but may attract dust. A final dust cleaning throughout your new home should do just the trick – allowing you to relax and begin a new chapter of your life.