When you move house it is important to remember to tie up the loose ends at your old property. Particularly if you were renting the house or flat, there are things you need to do before you finally say goodbye for the last time to your old home. One of the most important tasks is to clean your old place; both to make it habitable for the new owners and also so you get your deposit back from your landlord if you were a tenant. Here's how to get the cleaning done in the most efficient, economical way.
Walls and Doors Repairs
Go through the house and remove any nails or picture hooks you put into the walls, the doors, or the ceilings of the property. You will probably need to fill larger holes and repaint in the same colour. Wipe down the doors and the door handles.
Thorough Kitchen Cleaning
If you are leaving the fridge and the oven then you need to clean these appliances. The fridge is easily handled by washing with a solution of washing up liquid then rinsing, but the oven will probably need a specialist oven cleaner or a baking soda solution to get rid of the grease. Wipe down all the cabinets, inside and out, and clean the light fittings. Move the cooker and the fridge in order to clean the floors beneath.
Make a thorough job of cleaning the toilet, sink, shower and bath. All the cabinets and the light fittings should also be cleaned and dried. Using an old toothbrush is useful for getting into the tiny spaces where dirt builds up over many years.
Hopefully the bedrooms will be a lighter cleaning job than other rooms in the house and you can dust surfaces and cupboards, and then vacuum thoroughly. Check if you are required to clean the carpets with a carpet cleaner or have them done professionally - some landlords require this.
Clean Living Room and Dining Room
With all your furniture gone, it shouldn't take too long to clean your living room and dining room if you have one. Again, you need to clean or vacuum the carpets and it is important to get the windows as clean as you can.
Hire a Professional Cleaning Company
On the other hand, you may have very little time to clean your old property. Or you may be moving across the country and it will be inconvenient to return to the house after you have vacated it. The best thing to do in this case is to look for a local cleaning service in your area. If, for example, you are moving in the Gloucester or Cheltenham area of the UK, there are many options in removals Cheltenham provides that also include cleaning services. According to http://www.andrews-removals.com, there is a post-move cleaning service available to help cut the amount of work you need to do. The advantages of hiring a cleaning service include being able to ensure a thorough job done, and you will have more time to get your new place neat and tidy.