Packing up and moving out of your home can be an overwhelming process. There’s so much to do, it can be easy to forget something important or miss a step in your packing process. When it’s time to leave your home, it’s important to make sure you’re leaving it in the proper condition.
At Corvias Military Living, we understand the challenges that you face when you’re moving out. Fortunately, to clean our homes before you leave, it doesn’t need to be an intensive, white-glove inspection, quality clean. Our “surface clean” requirement saves you time and effort so you can focus on the other responsibilities you need to take care of during a hectic move. In intent of a surface clean is to clean the surface of everything in the home. We will have a team deep clean the home before the next family moves in. To help we have put together a guide for helping you get your home move-out ready in no time:
1. The living room
The living room is a place in your home that likely sees a lot of traffic, and therefore may have more signs of use than some of the other rooms in the home. To meet the qualifications of your move out check list, be sure to do a good surface cleaning of the room:
- Dust. Start by dusting the corners at the ceiling and working your way down. Removing dust from high locations first will save you the trouble of having to go back and redust an area that gets dirty again by catching falling dust from a higher location.
- Clean the walls. Whether it’s pencil marks, greasy fingerprints or soot from a candle, the walls need to be wiped down and stain free. Be sure to remove any tape, nails or hooks from the walls and then give them a thorough cleaning. Small holes, like those leftover from a nail used to hang a picture, are nothing to worry about. Holes larger than an inch in diameter, however, are considered damage. Be careful not to use any harsh chemicals that could fade or damage a delicate paint job – many natural cleaners will work just as well.
- Check the windows. Windows need to have damage-free screens and blinds to be considered complete.
- Sweep and vacuum. Once the walls have been washed and dusted, you can focus on the floor. Carpeted areas should be vacuumed, and wood, title or other smooth surfaces should be thoroughly swept and mopped.
- Clean fans and vents. Dust off any ceiling fans or vents that are in the room. Use a damp cloth to easily collect any grime.
Once you’ve cleaned up, made sure you aren’t missing any important fixtures and patched up areas in need of repair, your living room should be good to go!
“You’ll find it easier to clean from top to bottom.”
2. The kitchen
The kitchen is another hot spot for messes as a result of all the cooking and washing you do there. Some problem areas may require a little more elbow grease to get sparkling clean again, but be sure to leave your surfaces and appliances in the same condition they were on move-in day.
- Dust. Like in the living room, you’ll find it easier to clean from top to bottom in your kitchen. Be sure not to miss areas around the appliances, as dust can easily collect in out of sight areas on top of the refrigerator and cabinets, or in a range hood if your stove has one.
- Clean the walls, cabinets and counters. Make sure there aren’t any stains on the walls or counters. Get rid of any food splatters or crumbs that may have accumulated during your time in the house. Wipe out all of the cabinets and be sure you aren’t leaving anything behind in them or the drawers.
- Wash the appliances. Cooking equipment can get dirty quickly, so make sure you clean everything out right before you go. Make sure any spills in the refrigerator are wiped up, that the oven and stove tops are clean and that all of the oven racks are still there. Run the dishwasher with nothing in it to make sure that there aren’t any lingering messes left inside of it. A quick tip for cleaning cooked-on messes in the microwave: take a wet sponge and microwave it for two to three minutes. Let it sit for a minute or two after the timer goes off, and then use it to wipe off the surfaces inside the microwave. The steam from the sponge should loosen any food stuck inside to make it easier to clean.
- Take out the trash. Don’t leave any garbage behind when you leave. Be sure to empty the trash. This could also be a good time to disinfect the garbage can, too.
- Wash the sink. Make sure there isn’t any food left behind in the sinks by giving them a good cleaning. Pour some vinegar and water down the drain to help deodorize it as well.
- Sweep and mop the floor. Once everything else is clean, wash the floor thoroughly and then try not to limit how much you walk on it.
When you finish, leave the cabinets open. The kitchen tends to hold some of the toughest messes in the house, so prepare for it to take a little extra time to clean.
3. The bathrooms
Water stains, mildew and dust are the big things to look out for when you’re cleaning up the bathroom.
- Dust. Be sure to get into harder-to-see areas like behind toilets and in linen closets.
- Clean fixtures. Make sure to scrub the sinks, tubs and toilets to remove and water stains or soap buildups. These are all areas that a prone to trapping smells, too, so be sure to deodorize everything as well.
- Take out the trash. As with the kitchen, be sure you aren’t leaving any garbage behind in your bathrooms. Check closets and cabinets to make sure nothing is being left behind.
- Sweep and mop the floor. Be sure to find any areas that have water stains and scrub them well. You may need to take a scouring pad to the floor first before you mop to remove any tricky stains.
- Wipe down the walls. Bathroom walls can end up with messes left by dirty hands fumbling for the light switch, spilled make up or splattered hair dye. Make sure you aren’t leaving any stains on the surfaces when you go. Take down anything used to hang decorations.
- Dust the vents. If you have air vents in your bathroom, be sure to give them a thorough cleaning.
Give the mirrors a quick wipe down as well and you should be good to go with a clean bathroom! Leave the cabinets open as well so that you don’t accidentally leave anything behind.
“Prime the walls if you painted them a darker color.”
4. Bedrooms, offices and play rooms
Other rooms in the house will need the same basic steps as the ones listed; be sure to dust, sweep or vacuum and wash the walls. Remove all hooks and wires from the wall surfaces as well. Fix any damaged blinds and make sure window sills are free of debris. Be sure to dust and wash ceiling fans and air vents.
In all rooms of the house, be sure to prime the walls if you painted them a darker color. If there are any significant damages anywhere, be sure to contact the office to see about making repairs before you go. Our staff will be happy to assist you in getting air filters and touch up paint to prepare your house for an easy and painless departure!
5. The exterior
You’ll need to leave the outside of your home in move-in condition as well.
- Clean up after your pets. If you have dogs, be sure to clean up their waste and fill in any holes they may have dug. Remove toys, leashes and anything else they may have used in the yard.
- Restore the lawns gardens. The gardens and flower beds should be restored by remove weeds and filling any divots or holes. If necessary, reseed bare patches in the grass with noticeable regrowth before you leave.
- Remove any debris. Don’t leave any kind of trash behind. Pick up cigarette butts, trash, toys and any lawn ornaments or bird feeders that you set out.
- Wash the bins. Trash and recycling bins should be empty and clean when you depart. Your community office will have information on where to dispose of last minute household trash, so you can empty and wash out your bins prior to leaving.
The garage, driveway, patios and balconies will also need to be swept and cleaned. Once everything has been swept up and cleaned out, you should be all set!