Leaving Your House Clean When You Move Out: A Step-by-Step Guide

Moving day can be hectic and stressful, with a myriad of tasks to complete before you hand over the keys to the next occupants. There is normally a time constraint and – rushing to get all your belongings into the moving van and into your new home.

One crucial aspect that often gets overlooked in the chaos of moving is ensuring that you leave the house clean and tidy. Not only is it a courteous gesture to the new residents, but it also helps you leave on good terms and potentially even secure your deposit back if you’re renting. 

You can make this process simple and efficient, here’s a step-by-step guide so you can get ahead of the process and have a stress free moving day.

Step 1: Make sure you have all the cleaning supplies you’ll need well before you move your belongings out and begin cleaning. 

This may include:

  • All-purpose cleaner
  • Glass cleaner
  • Baking soda
  • Vinegar
  • Oven cleaner
  • Microfiber cloths or paper towels
  • Mop and bucket
  • Vacuum cleaner
  • Scrub brushes
  • Rubbish bags

Having everything you need on hand means you can start cleaning get to it swiftly and prevent interruptions.

Step 2: Declutter and Pack: 

When moving house, we always advise to start getting ready well in advance. Start by decluttering your space. Throw out or donate and unwanted items and start to pack away any items you plan to take with you. Start with things you know you won’t need for a while. This will not only make cleaning easier but also streamline the moving process.

Step 3: Pack up room by room

You can start the cleaning process in advance by tackling one room at a time. Once all your belongings are boxed up and stored neatly together you can work around them – that way you won’t have to tackle the whole property in one go!

Step 4: Dust and Wipe Down Surfaces: 

Make sure you dust and wipe down all surfaces in the house. This includes countertops, shelves, windowsills, and skirting boards. Use a microfiber cloth dampened with an all-purpose cleaner for effective dust removal.

Step 5: Clean Appliances and Fixtures: 

Pay special attention to appliances and fixtures in the kitchen and bathroom. Clean inside and outside of the refrigerator, oven, microwave, dishwasher, and any other appliances that are staying. Don’t forget to wipe down taps, sinks, and showerheads as well.

Step 6: Scrub Floors and Carpets: 

Once you have moved out your belongings it’s time to vacuum carpets and rugs thoroughly to remove any dirt and debris. For hard floors, sweep or vacuum first, then mop using a suitable cleaner. Pay attention to corners and edges where dirt tends to accumulate.

Step 7: Tackle Bathroom Grime: 

Scrub the bathroom thoroughly, including the toilet, bath, shower, and sink. Use a mixture of baking soda and vinegar to tackle stubborn stains and grime. Don’t forget to clean mirrors and wipe down any surfaces.

Step 8: Dispose of Rubbish Properly:

Collect up all rubbish and dispose of it properly. Double-check all rooms, including cupboards and cabinets, to ensure nothing is left behind.

Step 9: Check for Forgotten Items:

Before you leave for good, do a final walkthrough to check for any forgotten items or missed spots. It’s easy to overlook things in the midst of packing and cleaning, so take your time to ensure everything is in order.

Step 10: Leave a Note (Optional)

As a final touch, consider leaving a note for the new occupants. This can be a friendly gesture to welcome them to their new home and provide any helpful tips or information about the property.

We feel we should behave in a way we would expect others too – so by following this guide, and ensuring that you leave your house clean and ready for its next chapter, not only will this leave a positive impression on the new residents, but it will also help you make a smooth transition to your new home. 

If you want some help packing or moving, get in touch – we offer a competitive service and always make moving day painless!

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