Whether you’re moving out of state, to another country or just another neighborhood, there’s a lot to be done and you’re going to want to get ahead of things. On top of it all, you have to consider cleaning the place before you can think of placing the house on the market or returning the keys to the landlord before your lease ends. Yes, a move-in/move out cleaning can be an overwhelming process, to say the least, but it can also be a smooth sailing one if you’re well prepared and organized.

Where cleaning is concerned, having a simple checklist definitely helps to keep things organized; going in with a plan, however, is what separates a successful move out cleaning from a chaotic one! We’ve taken the liberty of making a list of useful tips to ensure that you go about move out cleaning the appropriate and easy(easier) way.

  1. Pack ALL Your Stuff First

Don’t attempt to clean until you’ve finished packing all your stuff because you’ll end up having to clean the house again after the FINAL packing is done. More importantly, you’ll have much more space to clean efficiently without knickknacks lying all over the place and stalling you. This includes the insides of your cabinets and drawers.

  1. Move Boxes to One Area

If you can’t transport the boxes to a storage facility or your new place just yet, gather them up and place them in one corner or a separate room altogether. This makes it much easier to clean the rest of the house thoroughly and efficiently without bumping into any of your packed stuff! Once you’re fully moved out, you can clean the room that housed your boxes and touch up the rest of the place if needed.

  1. Clean from Top to Bottom Always

Begin your move out cleaning by removing cobwebs and dust from the ceilings and ceiling fans. We advise wearing a mask for this as the dust and dirt will become airborne as you start wiping the ceiling. You can get up on a ladder to do this or simply place a rag over your mop/broom and secure with a rubber band for a makeshift, long-handled duster! Next, start wiping the walls from top to bottom using clean rags to remove dust. For stains, take a damp cloth that has been wrung properly and gently rub over them so that you don’t damage the paint or wall while cleaning. Change water frequently.

  1. Clean Windows and Doorframes

Free your window panes and frame of dust with a good wipe down. Use a window cleaner to remove stains or marks from the glass and brighten up the frames by wiping them with a slightly damp cloth. Do the same for your doors and doorframes around the house for a thorough cleaning of the place.

  1. Wipe Wall Plates and Light Switch Covers

They are one of those household items that is often overlooked when it comes time for house cleaning. Over time, fingerprints, paint, grime accumulates to form a gummy layer.  Spray the cleaner directly on the cloth (not on the plate) and wipe.

  1. Scrub Kitchen Counters and Cabinets

Depending on the condition of your counters and cabinets, a deep cleanse may be in order. After all, the kitchen is a place that landlords will scrutinize prior to returning your deposit. Anyone moving in will expect their kitchen to be clean and sanitary which may require you to go the extra mile to achieve!

  1. Sweep/Vacuum the Entire House

Instead of sweeping and mopping one room at a time, it’s best to sweep or vacuum the entire house at the same time. This is because dirt and dust from other rooms can easily be transferred into a room that has just been cleaned. Not only is this frustrating, but it also lengthens the entire process. So, sweep or vacuum each room thoroughly and mop the floors afterwards. Change water frequently.

  1. Do Bathrooms Last

Why? Consider the fact that you (and other family members) will be going in and out of the bathrooms many times during your overall move out cleaning, it’s wise to clean them last.  Of course, they will be dirty by now so it’s going to take a deep clean to get those surfaces spotless and gleaming again.

While we believe you are fully capable of a successful move-out clean, CleanMyTribe would be more than happy to assist you in your move out cleaning to ensure that your former house is left immaculate for the next owners!