Cleaning Up Before a Move

It’s inevitable. If you are moving out you’re going to have to clean up after yourself. No matter if you are selling your home or leaving your apartment; clean up is pretty much unavoidable. Of course the amount of time spent on clean up will be determined by how messy a person you are. None the less, cleaning up before a move will have to be incorporated into your move out plan. So ladies and gents, strap on your rubber gloves and let’s get to work! This article will let you know the ins and outs of cleaning your house for a move; plus, the new comers will be thankful. Nobody wants to move into a dirty house.

Arm Yourself  

The cleaning items you will need to get the job done right will be determined by the contents of your house. Do you have carpet? Wood flooring? High ceilings? Go around your home and take note of the different materials in your house. That way you will be able to gather up the proper cleaning materials.

If only there was a magical cleaning tool that one could use to clean up the entire house; alas that is not the case. So at least for now, you’ll have to acquire several tools for the job. Listed below are a few common household cleaning tools that may be helpful. Think of this list more so as a starting point; you may need more or less of these items depending on the mess and/or materials of your home.

  • Broom
  • Mop
  • Vacuum
  • Carpet cleaner
  • Disinfectant wipes
  • Glass/window cleaner
  • Paper towels
  • Rags
  • Bath tub cleaner
  • Toilet cleaner
  • Cleaning brushes
  • Soap
  • Rubber gloves
  • duster

The list of cleaning supplies can go on and on; what you need to do is make sure that you have everything you need to get your house clean. Remember, your house doesn’t have to be sparkling clean. Just a good once over will do, unless there is some serious dirt.

Cleaning Time

Now that you have all the supplies you need the next step is to get to business. To make things easier on yourself you can start cleaning as you pack. Try packing by room so you can focus on one spot at a time.

As you pack, you will most certainly find dusty and dirty spots left behind. After you have completed packing a room or area, you can start by breaking out your duster and clearing out those dust bunnies. Do this and your house will be one step closer to clean; one mess at a time.

Or if you just don’t have time or patients for clean up, you can always hire a professional crew to clean your mess for you. Although keep in mind this will be one extra cost added on to your move. But if you can spare the extra cash, hiring a cleaning crew is a great way to keep focused on your move, work and family rather then worrying about how you will find time to clean.

Once you have everything packed up and ready to go you can clean last minute areas. These will probably be spots where you kept your things or spots you used right up until move out day. After everything is loaded up in the truck remember to do a once over of your house to make sure you didn’t leave anything or any messes behind.

Cleaning up before a move isn’t so bad if you incorporate this process into your moving routine; so long as you don’t leave your clean up to the very last minute you should be fine. Happy cleaning!


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