Have you finally thought of moving out of your old house and moving into a new one? Moving out of a place is a battle in itself and requires a well-sorted-out process to get the thing done. In the beginning, it can be highly overwhelming, but with a strategic plan and a checklist, it all can be done effectively.
If you are a renter, you are likely requested to leave the place clean and free from damages, so the owner doesn’t cost any extra charges. The property needs to be wiped clean, dusted and disinfected to make an impression on the renters.
It can be tiring just to think about the process, but don’t fret! There is always another option of hiring professionals to get the tasks done effectively. For now, you only need to think of a moving-out checklist.
Prepare tools for cleaning
Going to a battle, unprepared is just stupid, and cleaning a house is no less than a war. This is where you need to get the tools required for cleaning and fixing. It is important to invest in materials that can be used for the long term. These tools are not only useful for cleaning the house you’re moving out from but also for the one where you’ll be moving in. Here is a list of tools you’ll need.
- Microfiber cloth
- Scrubbers and brushes
- Mop and bucket
- Vacuum cleaner
- Broom and dustpan
- Step stools and ladder
- Nails and hammer
- Disinfectants sprays
These tools can help you get started. Bear in mind that cleaning always costs something. Whether it is by hiring the best residential cleaning company to do the job or doing it yourself, you’ll be investing your time and money to ensure to meet the strict moving out requirements.
Leaving your old home spotless
Begin cleaning from the tip and move on to the bottom. Because doing it the other way round, you’ll find yourself cleaning the same spot you first started. Here is a checklist that can help you finish the tasks in an organized way.
Inspect light fixtures and know if there is a replacement to be made. If renting, your landlord might be knowledgeable about the bulbs and loose wires that need fixing. If needed, replace the busted bulbs and lights. Make sure that the place is safe for the people moving in when you leave.
Remove cobwebs and dust off the surface
Cobwebs are built at the highest corners of the room. Make sure to dust them off from the ceilings, the highest shelves, and countertops towards the floor. A dusting of the areas and vacuuming every nook and corner left the place spotless.
Patch up the wall
Remove hardware from the walls such as nails, screws, hooks, and more. Inspect the holes in the walls, the dents, marks, and cracks and patch them up with putty. Paint the wall back in its color.
Clean the windows
High-quality glass cleaners work the best to get the grim and dust off the glass. Get your window cleaned to make them new. Don’t forget the sills, blinds, and curtains along with the windows.
Sweep off the floor
Get your broom and dustpan ready to clean the dust from the ceilings, windows, and other surfaces and soot from the fireplace. Vacuum the carpets and wash off any stains from the floor. As for vinyl, tiled or wooden floors, use a wet mop after sweeping the dust.
Take out the waste
Gather the pile of dirt from all the rooms and contain all of it in large baggage. Empty all the wastebaskets around the house. Make sure to dump all the garbage in tin cans before you finally leave the house.
Begin with the bathroom, kitchen, bedrooms and living room
As said above, begin from the top and move on to the bottom to finish the chores. These four places are the commonly used places of a house and require thorough cleaning before anyone uses it.
Never use a bathroom before disinfecting it. Scrub the tiles, the showers, the faucet, and other things with bleach cleaners to remove the grime, soap, and water stains. Disinfect the toilet bowl and wipe off the holders. Clean the mirror and sink and scrub the dirt from the floor.
The kitchen should be a safe place for preparing food, which is why it should be cleaned before you start preparing your food. Scrub the sink and faucets and sanitize the countertops. Make sure to empty the can and clean the cabinets and drawers before putting in stuff. Clean and sanitize the appliances like the fridge, stove and dishwasher, and microwave.
Dust off the bedroom windows and vacuum the carpet. Empty the dressers, closets, and wardrobes and wipe them clean before putting your stuff in. Clean the vents and air conditioners before use—Polish the furniture to make them look new.
Dust off the sofas and gather all the state-of-the-art things in your living room.