Whether you’re moving to another country or just another neighbourhood, there’s a lot to be done and you’re going to want to get ahead of things. On top of it all, you have to consider cleaning the place before you can think of putting the house on the market or returning the keys to the owner before the lease ends. Yes, it can be an overwhelming process, to say the least, but it can also be a smooth sailing one if you’re well prepared and organised.
Where cleaning is concerned, having a checklist definitely helps to keep things organised; going in with a foolproof plan, however, is what will separate a successful move out cleaning from a chaotic one! We’ve taken the liberty of making a list of useful tips to ensure that you go about move out cleaning the appropriate and simpler way.
1. Do ALL Your Packing First
Don’t attempt to clean until you’ve finished packing all your stuff because you’ll end up having to clean the house again after the FINAL packing is done. More importantly, you’ll have much more space to clean efficiently without knickknacks lying all over the place and stalling you.
2. Move Boxes to One Room
If you can’t transport the boxes to your new place just yet, gather them up and place them in one corner or a separate room altogether. This makes it much easier to clean the rest of the house thoroughly and efficiently without bumping into any of your packed stuff! Once you’re fully moved out, you can clean the room that housed your boxes and roughly go over the rest of the place if needed.
3. Clean from Top to Bottom
Begin your move out cleaning by removing cobwebs and dust from the ceilings. We advise tying a scarf over your nose and mouth for this as the dust and dirt will become airborne as you start wiping the ceiling. You can get up on a ladder to do this or simply place a rag over your mop and tie the corners to the pole for a makeshift, long-handled duster! Next, start wiping the walls from top to bottom using clean rags to remove dust. For stains, take a damp cloth that has been wrung properly and gently rub over them so that you don’t damage the paint or wall while cleaning.
4. Clean Windows and Doorframes
Free your window frames and glass panes of dust with a good wipe down. Use window cleaner to remove stains or marks from the glass and brighten up the frames by wiping them with a damp cloth. Do the same for your doors and doorframes around the house for a thorough cleaning of the place.
5. Scrub Kitchen Counters and Cabinets
Depending on the condition of your counters and cabinets, a deep cleanse may be in order. After all, the kitchen is a place that one expects to be clean and sanitary which may require you to go the extra mile to achieve!
6. Sweep/Vacuum the Entire House
Instead of sweeping and mopping one room at a time, it’s best to sweep or vacuum the entire house first. This is because dirt and dust from other rooms can easily be transferred into a room that has just been cleaned. Not only is this frustrating, but it also lengthens the entire process. So, sweep each room thoroughly and mop the floors after.
7. Scrub Bathrooms Last
Considering the fact that you (and other family members) will be going in and out of the bathrooms during your overall move out cleaning, it’s wise to clean them last. Of course, they will be quite filthy by now so it’s going to take a deep clean to get those surfaces spotless and gleaming again.
While we believe you are fully capable of adhering to the above advice and tips, Simply Maid would be more than happy to assist you in your move out cleaning to ensure that your former house is left immaculate for the next owners! Check out our services and pricing page for more information and book with us anytime or day of the week!