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Moving is often a very hectic time. However, when you move out of your home, you're going to have to fit cleaning into your schedule. Cleaning your old home not only will help you during the moving process, but it may also help you sell your home. Here are some things to keep in mind while cleaning your home before your move.

Why clean?

Why should you spend time cleaning the home you are leaving?
  • If you plan on selling the home, a prospective buyer will be much more likely to buy the home if it is clean and tidy.
  • You are taking all of your most important possessions with you when you move, so a good cleaning before you leave may help you sort and find everything.
  • Moving heavy furniture and appliances is hazardous if there is excess clutter. Cleaning your home will clear pathways to better suit the moving process.
  • Even if you don't plan on selling the home yourself, the future owners would appreciate you cleaning the home before you left. Be considerate.
  • Cleaning will make the inspection process easier.
  • Accessing all of your belongings for a move is half the battle of cleaning. There's no reason to stop after sorting and finding all of your things. Follow through and get rid of useless items instead of just leaving them in your old home.
Before you move, you will have to search and clean your house more extensively than you ever have. You want your house to be empty except for a few things that you know you are leaving behind. Moving is expensive, so if you find anything that you don't want but may retain some value, it can be a good thing to sell to save money on the move.

Declutter

Sort out all of your belongings into pack, sell, and throw out stations. Be sure that the whole family has some say in what items should go where. You may not consider yourself a hoarder, but you will be surprised by the number of items you have managed to stockpile in your home after living there for some time. Follow these guidelines while sorting through your things:
  • Make sure you really want to move everything you choose to move. Furniture and appliances can help sell your old home and are difficult to pack and move.
  • Try selling things in a garage sale even if you think they are worthless. You could be throwing money away.
  • If there are a lot of things to throw away, especially old appliances or furniture that won't add value to the home, then you could rent a dumpster. There is no faster way to empty years' worth of large garbage.
  • Try to keep your moving shipment as small as possible to save you money on your move.

Clean

Cleaning comes after sorting. You will probably unearth a lot of dirt and dust when moving everything out, so take the opportunity to clean your old home thoroughly with furniture out of the way. Even if you aren't selling the home, it is a good idea to clean as if you were:
  • Clean from top to bottom so dirt falls to the areas you haven't cleaned yet.
  • Pay special attention to the inside of cupboards and kitchen appliances. These areas can get neglected over time and the new residents will not want their food or plates getting dirty.
  • Unplug any appliances that you are cleaning.
  • If the power could be disconnected at the home after you leave, you should defrost the refrigerator or freezer to avoid melting ice making a mess.
  • Thoroughly clean your bathroom, including the toilet and medicine cabinet. Nobody likes a dirty bathroom and new homeowners often dread seeing what the previous owners left them to clean.
  • Don't forget windows and mirrors. These glass surface can make or break a home's general impression of cleanliness.
  • Try to remove any lingering odours in your house. You may not notice them, but new homeowners may. Shampoo your rugs and furniture if possible.
  • Ask the movers if they can place a protective covering on your floors during the move. This will prevent the floors you just cleaned from getting dirty when the movers walk in and out of your house.

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on September 22, 2014

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