Moving into or out of a home is the mark of an exciting transition in life, but it can be a very stressful time. There’s so much to take care of, with everything from packing to decorating your new home and everything in between. One of the biggest pains of moving is cleaning your former or new house to prepare it for sale or the big move-in day.
One of the most challenging elements of the move is knowing that you have a lot of cleaning to do when you arrive at the property.
Some house cleaning tips
Cleaning should be the first thing you do before the movers arrive, and the last thing you do after the movers leave.
Make sure you have all your cleaning supplies ready to go. The last thing you want is to have to stop cleaning to run to the grocery store.
Find a great playlist, podcast, or audiobook to listen to while you clean. Music will keep your mood upbeat, and podcasts or audiobooks can make you forget you’re cleaning at all.
These are the tasks you'll want to make sure to check off in every room:
Remove nails, screws, hooks, and other hardware from the walls and ceilings. Fill remaining holes with putty, then paint.
Repair any damaged clothing racks, lighting fixtures, or other permanent wall furniture.
Dust each room with a focus on corners, windows, doors, blinds, baseboards, ceiling fans, and light fixtures. Once you start dusting, you'll notice all the other spots in the room that need a once-over as well.
Vacuum every room.
For rooms with wood or tile, take the extra step and mop the floors as well.
Improve the unpack process!
The move in and unpack process starts with cramming all of your moving boxes into one room while the others are being cleaned and then slowly moving items around until each space is clean. Then you can finally begin to unpack kitchen items, bathroom essentials, and clothes. The sooner you get moved in and unpacked in your new home, the sooner you can really start making it your own. The unpacking process will also be that much easier when you don’t have to worry about your belongings becoming dirty and going through multiple rounds of washing.