So, you’re on the verge of moving into your dream home. This is it – all the hard work planning, organizing, house or flat hunting, and negotiating price has paid off. It’s all smooth sailing from here. All that needs to be done now is to pack your things, move to your new house and let the luxury kick in as you put your feet up and enjoy the fruits of your labour.
Apart from the fact that the packing, removals and unpacking parts of the whole process are likely to be a lot more time consuming than you’d think (in fact they may even be the most tiresome and strenuous part of the entre move), there is another key element that you’re almost certainly overlooking.
In the grand scheme of how we approach and view our move in general, “cleaning” tends to be an almost insignificant little idea which is more of a nice added courtesy than a necessity. When it all boils down to it, though, nothing could be further from the truth.
The simple fact is that no matter whether you’ve moving out of a house that you owned, or out of a flat which you were renting, cleaning is an absolutely essential part of the whole process. Failing to recognize that fact can affect the success of your entire moving plan in a dramatic way.
If you’re moving out of a house which you owned, then you’ll almost certainly be trying to sell it once you’ve found a new property. You’ll want people to be interested in buying your old home and you’ll want them to pay your asking price and not try to haggle you too far down. Having a dirty home sabotages both of those things.
If you were renting a flat, you’ll want your security deposit back from your landlord when you move out. If the flat is a mess, you can expect a hefty chunk of that deposit to disappear, as your landlord uses it to hire professional cleaners to sort out your mess.
So, what are some of the top cleaning tips when moving out of a property?
Steam Clean The Carpets
Over the course of a few years spent living in a house or flat, a large amount of dirt and debris is bound to become crushed into your carpets. This causes a situation which can’t be fixed by a simple vacuum cleaning or sweeping job, and which makes the entire property look dirty and unappealing.
A steam cleaner can be the simple and ideal solution to that problem and will penetrate the deep layers of your carpet, dislodge and dissolve any dirt, and then suck it away.
There are many options as far as steam cleaning goes: getting it done by a professional cleaning company, or renting or buying your own machine for the job.
Clean Scuff-Marks off the Walls
Scuff marks on walls are a very common occurrence in flats and houses across the land. They’re also a good example of something which most of us end up getting used to and forgetting about. If we’re renting a property, then we can even end up forgetting whether the scuff marks on the walls were our fault, or caused by a previous tenant.
There are many different types of marks which can appear – black stains from shoe polish, oil marks from Blu-Tak, mould, mud, ink, or any number of different things.
Irrespective of what caused the marks, though, they are one of the number one things that landlords and potential buyers throughout the lands are quick to look for.
Start by trying to clean off any marks with warm water, soap, and a soft sponge or cloth (don’t scrub too hard or you risk creating more damage.) Anything which isn’t eliminated by that “first round” of cleaning will probably need special technique depending on what caused the stain.