You’ve been waiting for so long to move into the new place, whether it’s rented or bought. It’s probably in a better location, more spacious and cozy than your old apartment. You’ve packed everything, you’re almost there, but there is one more thing you need to see to before actually starting your life in a new place.
And that’s cleaning the old apartment from which you are moving out. After all the effort and frenzy about moving, this might be just a bit too much for you. But what has to be done. In order to make your life easier, you can hire a reliable professional cleaning service like Happy Maids to do this for you. However, if this is not an option for you then you can try some of the following tips to make this final step as painless as possible.
Follow the List
In a lot of cases, your old landlord will provide you with a list of things you need to de before moving out in order to get your security deposit back. They might have done that at the beginning when you first signed the contract.
So the best option is to actually follow that list and make sure you comply with it. Of course, some landlords might expect a bit too much, so you can try and settle that with them as soon as possible. Otherwise, try to be fair and leave the apartment in the same, if not better condition that you found it in.
If this list is not provided, try to make your own as it will make the things simpler for you. Imagine what’s important for you in your new apartment, imagine the condition you would like to find it and try to leave your old apartment in such a way.
Where to Start
Though floors might be the first thing that comes to mind when you think of cleaning, it’s actually better to start from the top, the way professional house cleaning companies do. That way you will make sure you only clean everything once. Start from the ceiling, chandeliers, fans, then move on to the walls, windows and window blinds. Then you can see to the various surfaces, like shelves, tables, cooker, and the likes. Live the floors for the end, as the dirt from above will probably fall on them in the meantime.
When it comes to rooms, maybe it’s best to start with the kitchen as there will probably be quite a lot of work there, including cleaning the fridge and packing the dishes. You might want to leave the bathroom for the end, as you will probably be using it a lot during the cleaning process, to change the water for cleaning, wash the clothes and other things.
Don’t Forget to Take Out All the Trash
While you are cleaning the place, you’re quite likely to find some long lost stuff behind the bed, or under the wardrobe. Make sure move everything to clean the corners, and make sure you take out all the trash you might come across during the big clean up. Don’t forget to take out everything from the cupboards and drawers. Also, one of the most important things is to leave the fridge clean. Defrost it if it’s necessary and make sure you take out all the food remains and drinks.
As already mentioned, the best criterion to follow, besides the guidelines given by your landlord, is to remember what your old apartment looked like when you first moved in, or to imagine what would like your new apartment to look like when you start moving in.