Moving to a new home brings a lot of stress for every member of the family. There are a lot of things to do as you leave the old house – sorting through belongings and packing boxes, forwarding mail, and of course, many cleaning tasks that must also be completed. While it’s not easy to leave a home you’ve lived in for decades, what you leave behind for the buyer matters more than you think. It’s usually customary to hire a cleaning service to clean your home before you officially leave, so the new owners won’t have to foot the bill themselves.
If you haven’t done a major cleanup in years, it can be a huge job that seems overwhelming. Here are some areas to focus on cleaning before officially leaving your house to the new owner:
Cleaning the Carpets
Carpets tell their own story of past years’ worth of use, wear and tear. To some new homeowners, the worst offense in previewing a home is dirty, dingy carpets. There may be decades of dirt, odors, and spots from smoking, dropping food, and spilling beverages. While you might have cleaned up immediate spills over time, many spots might have lingered for years and became hidden in certain places. These can become more apparent as you move furniture out and the new owners inspect the rug.
Walls can accumulate a lot of dirt over the years, whether the walls are painted or wallpapered. However, dirt can show up even behind wallpaper after a number of decades. If you had a lot of children in the house, especially, bare walls exposed while moving out can possibly reveal stains in some of the rooms. Mold may have accumulated as well in places like the bathroom or bedroom walls.
A lot of these things may not be apparent when you first move out and only become revealed once furniture and items off the walls are moved. Clean walls can reduce the need and cost of freshly painting everywhere, which may be beneficial to the new owners.
Cleaning Fixtures and the Appliances You Leave Behind
Kitchen and bathroom sinks, toilets, and even appliances you leave behind could have years of accumulated grime and dirt that also need special cleaning treatments. Remember to clean the toilets, as well as the dirt and grime around the bathtub, shower, sink or in the basin.
Some people also leave behind their refrigerator for the next owners to use. Empty it completely and clean the inside of your refrigerator so it looks good and also smells good.
Don’t leave your old home with the impression that you didn’t care about cleanliness. Everyone appreciates an inviting appearance to their home, and during a move or home sale, this is especially important. A professional cleaning team can help with fast cleanouts when you need a cleaning service for your vacant house.