Updated: Jun 20
Tips for a smooth move. Something that always helps reduce the stress of re-settling is being prepared with a list of things to do. On that list, make sure you have a pre-moving in cleaning checklist. Even if you’re relocating to a brand new home or a previously rented property that has been professionally cleaned by the vacating tenant, it’s worthwhile carrying out the following before you begin to unpack. Remember – cleaning your home goes most smoothly when you start high and end low (otherwise you’ll end up cleaning twice!)
First thing, Call the cleaners.
You would think to call the cleaners last but call. Cleaners to get on the schedule as soon as possible; the closer you call to your move, the harder it might be to get on a cleaner's schedule.
Call your local rug cleaner like Renaissance Rug Cleaning, and they can pick up your rugs, clean them, hold them and deliver to your new home or wrap them and deliver them to a storage facility, so your rugs are ready when you are. Check if the windows are squeaky clean Washing windows inside and out is the task most often neglected during most house cleaning sprees – especially windows high up off the ground. Ask your agent to recommend a reasonably priced professional service if you can’t tackle all the glass yourself. Go on pest patrol Even with regular professional pest checks, it’s worth making sure the property is free of any pests that might have moved in during the period of vacancy. Check inside and out for cobwebs or traces of ants, cockroaches or rodents. If you have pets or children, it’s also worth making sure no baits or traps are in plain sight or easily reached. Check the kitchen The stove and range hood should be your first port of call. Make sure there’s no build-up of grease or food debris. Check all the cupboards for dust before you unpack too, and if you’re renting make sure you put down a protective lining before stacking the shelves. This is a cheap and effective way of preventing scratches and catching spills. If a fridge is already installed, wipe down the interior with a mild antibacterial detergent and make sure the seals are clean. Prepare the bathrooms Taps, toilets, tiles, shower heads, cupboards, and air vents should be checked for mold and dust. While you’re here, stash some toilet paper too – it’s certainly one thing you don’t want to forget! Elsewhere around the home Bedrooms, living, and dining areas all require quick spruce. Start by checking the walls and skirting for any marks – especially if the previous occupant had children or pets. Generally, mild soap and a microfibre cloth should take care of removing any stains. Check the filters on air-conditioning units and heaters, and dust them off if necessary. It’s also worth checking light fixtures and ceiling fans for dust build-up. Make sure all storage spaces are wiped down as well to remove any settled dust.
It's a good idea to have heating and AC units checked and serviced or, at a minimum, replace all filters. Change backup batteries in alarm systems and batteries in smoke detectors; no smoke detectors or add smoke detectors to your home. Having this sorted out will make your moving home experience much more pleasant. You’ll have peace of mind unpacking and know that the basic house cleaning duties have been properly taken care of.
This article was written in conjunction with Hire A Mover, a professional Sydney removal company.