move-out cleaning

4 Deep Cleaning Tips to Prepare for a Move

When you are moving out it is important to clean every inch of your home. A clean home on move out day means you are more likely to get a deposit back on a rental property or someone is more likely to buy your home if you are selling it. Rental property owners want you to keep their home clean and buyers are not going to close on a messy home so you need to ensure everything is neat and tidy before you move out. You don’t always need to hire a professional to clean your home when you move. Here are a few tips to ensure your home is clean when you move out.

Clean and Pack a Bit Before You Start Moving

One of the most stressful parts of cleaning during a move is doing it on top of everything else you have to do. Cleaning along with packing and moving all of your things feels like an overwhelming and impossible task to complete. However, you don’t have to do everything all at once. Pack some of the smaller things you own a week before the big move and clean the spaces where you stored them. This is the perfect time to really start cleaning the inside of our cabinets and drawers.

woman cleaning kitchen cabinets

All the areas you don’t think about much since your things have been in them. You don’t need expensive or special cleaning products to clean these spaces either. Soap and hot water will work in 90 percent of cleaning situations. Pack up these small things and clean up the areas you stored them and that will make cleaning and moving seem less overwhelming.

Move Everything Out of the House Before You Really Start Cleaning

One of the biggest mistakes I see people make on move-out day is cleaning the house before everything is moved out. This makes it harder to get to those harder-to-reach spots as well as gets loose dirt, dust, and grime all over your furniture. If you are deep cleaning a ceiling fan or wall you want everything to fall on the floor instead of your things. Move all of your things out then start cleaning the walls, the floorboards, as well as the areas under your couch and bed. These places will take longer to clean since you likely have not cleaned them consistently since you moved in.

woman cleaning living room

If you are unable to move all of your stuff out of the house then I would recommend covering all of your furniture and moving it to the center of your living room so you can still adequately get the hard-to-reach areas behind your furniture.

All you need to get the job done is soap, hot water, and a bit of elbow grease. Wipe down all the floorboards, walls, and fans, and make sure you sweep, mop, and vacuum those areas under your furniture.

Deep Clean the Bathroom

Most people clean their bathrooms regularly, but on move-out day it is really important that you deep clean your bathrooms. This means really washing the toilet and the shower. Don’t just skim the inside of the toilet bowl with cleaner really get in all the nooks and crannies. Clean every inch of it with soap and water including the very back, which is often an area people neglect to clean.

cleaning bathroom showerhead

Shower heads and faucets should be washed and rinsed with deliming agent that gets rid of all the water buildup that accumulates. A great way to do this is to put the deliming agent in a bucket with water, remove the showerhead or faucet, and let them rest in the bucket for as long as instructed. This will get rid of all the unsightly lime buildup.

Deep Clean the Garage

Not everyone has a garage but if you do then you really need to clean it. A messy garage has caused many people to lose a security deposit. Take time to remove everything from your garage and give it a good cleaning. This means sweeping the floors and mopping or power washing them depending on what they are made of or how dirty they are. Be sure to wipe down the walls and floorboards as well. The garage can seem like a throwaway room, but it is imperative the whole house is clean when you move out.

man power-washing a garage door

Cleaning your home before you move out is an important and stressful task. Not doing so could cause you to lose a security deposit or lose an offer on a home you are selling. Move your stuff out and deep clean every room of your house and you will have no problem making the new residents feel happy and healthy in a new living space.

.Johnny Pallares is the owner of De La Rosa House Cleaning in Phoenix Arizona. The residential cleaning company provides professional cleaning services to over 500 clients across the Greater Phoenix Area.

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