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If you want to get your deposit back, it is unavoidable to clean the house or apartment before you move out. Moving can be really tough on its own but when combined with cleaning the entire house and especially with so much mess lying around, it becomes a challenge. You will be required to be totally prepared for a move-out inspection so that there are no complaints and you can move out peacefully without having to pay any extra charges. It is not just about cleaning the obvious mess but also many other things need to be taken into account when cleaning the house you plan on leaving.
Here are some tips to make this job easier for you:
First clean the kitchen. The kitchen is used the most in any home. We often overlook cleaning of the areas we don’t use frequently, such as the cabinet underneath the sink and a few other cabinets we hardly open. Now that you’re leaving the house for good, it is time you cleaned them up. Some other areas that need attention include the refrigerator, the oven, the ceiling fan (if there is any) and the light fixtures. You need to clean them all. There are precautionary measures to follow when achieving these tasks so make sure you have read them all to avoid danger of electric shock and the like. The cabinets need to be cleaned inside out. So, first empty the contents of all cabinets and then clean them up.
It is recommended to take the cleaning and packing processes side by side so that whenever a cabinet, cupboard, drawer, or closet become vacant you immediately clean it up before moving on to the next step in packing.
When all the kitchen cabinets have been done, it is time to wipe clean the surfaces and finally the floor. You also need to see if the window needs any scrubbing and dusting. Sometimes the windows are so dirty that you have to hire professional cleaning services to do the job. Not just the kitchen window but the other windows in the house also need to be inspected for spider webs, dust, and stains.
Clean the bathrooms. Once the kitchen is done, you need to clean up the bathrooms. It is recommended to use a toilet cleaner to remove all stains, even the most stubborn ones in order to give a good impression. Regular cleaning ensures that are no unnecessary buildups but even if there are, you should be well prepared to remove them. If there are any cabinets and shelves, make sure you remove all items and then clean them thoroughly. The bathroom floor needs special attention and so does the vanity. Use a good floor cleaner or mop to make sure you leave it ultra clean and shining. The mirror needs to be cleaned with a soft wet towel and afterwards wiped with a dry newspaper.
Clean the bedrooms. After the kitchen and bathrooms you need to clean up the bedrooms one by one. The first thing anyone notices when entering a bedroom is the carpet if there’s any. Make sure you remove all stains from the carpet or rug using a detergent and then plain water to rub it well. Once the entire carpet is clean, vacuum clean it once or twice for a neater and more agreeable look. The windows need to be cleaned as well. If you’re cleaning them yourself, make sure you remove all webs and dust as well as stains on the glass. Wooden floors need special attention and so does other types of flooring, such as laminate, tiled and so on. Follow special instructions to clean any of these types of floors in your bedrooms. Empty the shelves and cupboards and clean them up thoroughly.
Clean all other rooms. Turn your attention to the dining room, hallway and living room once you’re done cleaning the bedrooms. Check if anything is broken or not working properly. See if shelves and racks need dusting and scrubbing. If blinds are broken, replace them. Check the locks and see if they’re working. Remove any sceneries or wall hangings from the walls and remove all staples and nails as well as any scuff marks on the walls and doors. You can use tools like the magic eraser to complete this job.
Wash the blinds and clean the fans. If there are curtains or blinds in your apartment, take them off and wash them. Again, you can go for professional help in this regard to get the job done quickly and more efficiently. Curtains can be sent off for dry cleaning and ironing. You need to clean the blades of all the ceiling fans installed in your home. You can use a ladder to climb up and complete this task easily using a dishwashing bar and sponge.
Turn your attention to the exterior of the house. You not only need to clean up the mess inside the house but also need to turn your attention to the balcony and patio. Make sure you remove all garbage bags and check the lights that they are working. Also check the door bell and if it is not working, replace it. Replace all light bulbs that have burnt out. Wash the entire area if required and remove any oil or petrol stains from the driveway.
It is a good idea to hire professional help when it comes to cleaning the entire house especially if you have kids. It is simply impossible to find time for cleaning when all you worry about is packing and moving. You have to sort out a lot of things, organize your belongings, make a checklist, label the boxes, and so on and so forth. There is just too much to do in very little time. So, it’s best to pay someone who is willing to help you out with all the cleaning required before you move out. However, it is also important to oversee the entire procedure to see if everything has been covered.