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No one wants the hassle of cleaning when they plan to move out of their house but the reality is that it needs to be done! Either you’re getting ready to sell your home and want to present it in the best light for the best sale price, or you’re finishing up your lease of the property and you want to ensure you get your deposit back from the landlord.
This six-step guide will give you an outline of which areas you need to look out for when doing move out cleaning for your house. Either use it for yourself and a checklist or give it to someone who is going to be cleaning the house for you. It’ll guarantee you spend the least amount of time having to think about what needs to be done so you can get back to doing what you enjoy.
1. Clean all surfaces, including windows and mirrors
Cleaning windows and mirrors can be pretty time-consuming, but they’re great things to do when you don’t want to think about what needs doing. Cleaning all surfaces is important because it’ll mean any stains will be easier to see and therefore easier to deal with. Bottles of cleaning products like glass cleaner or vinegar and water are the best method for cleaning these surfaces.
2. Vacuum or sweep the floors
Your floors are what you’re stepping on all day, every day. Taking the time to vacuum or sweep them will go a long way towards making sure that your house is well-maintained and tidy throughout the move-out process.
What makes vacuuming so worthwhile is that it can pick up dust, dirt, hair and other small particles that you might not even notice are there. It’s a great way to give your house a good clean before buyers come around looking at it, and can make vacuumed areas look newer for longer.
3. Clean all appliances (including ovens, microwaves, dishwashers)
Ovens, microwaves, and dishwashers can attract a lot of dirt over time. While they don’t take too long to clean, you should always give them a thorough wiping-down before moving out. Hot soapy water is the best way to clean these appliances.
4. Remove cobwebs from corners of rooms and ceilings
Cobwebs can accumulate a lot of dirt that is not always visible. Removing cobwebs from corners and ceilings will help to get rid of this unseen grime.
5. Wash down walls with a sponge to remove dirt and grime
Washing the walls with a sponge will bring out any hidden dirt and grime. This is especially important to do if you have been moving things around inside your house recently.
6. Wipe down cabinets and shelves with a damp cloth or paper towel to remove dust and fingerprints
Cabinets and shelves can accumulate a lot of dust and fingerprints over time. Wiping these down once you move out is important to making sure your house stays clean and tidy for the next people moving in. Wipe down cupboards and furniture, as well as doors and doorknobs for a quick, thorough clean that won’t break your back.
Go ahead and use this checklist for your next move out house cleaning job and have a quick and easy house move!