When you’re preparing to move out of one living space and into another, there are a million things on your mind. Move in and move out dates, packing supplies, making sure your kids and pets make it into the car before you drive away, the list is seemingly endless. Often, in the hustle and bustle of moving, we forget to complete a very important task: cleaning up your old living space. If you’re moving out of an apartment, it’s a great way to ensure you get your security deposit back. If you’re moving out of a home that you owned, it’s a nice gift to those who are buying your home.

If you’re still feeling overwhelmed by the moving process, and aren’t sure where to start the cleanup process in your living space, don’t worry. The moving services specialists at Movone Move & Store in Jersey City are here to help. Follow this handy guide, and your space will look nearly brand new by the time you’re through!

Make A List

Cleaning an apartment or home before moving out goes far beyond simply vacuuming the carpets and scrubbing out the toilet. While those are important steps, those are often the bare minimum you can do. Make a cleaning list that is tailored to each room. This will make sure that you thoroughly clean each room and ensure that every room is given the attention it deserves.

Think about the individual features and items in each room. For bedrooms and living rooms, make sure to include things like cleaning the fans and fan blades, the blinds, and baseboards. For kitchens, include things like the tile, behind the stove and fridge, and the inside of the microwave. More generally, make sure to clean off the top of door frames and the doors themselves. You’ll also want to wipe down all of the windows in your home, as well as, take some time to wipe down the tops of light switches and power plugs.

Patch It Up

Once you’ve created your cleaning list, we suggest you walk through each room and remove any nails or screws that you’ve left in the walls. You’ll want to patch these holes with a commercial filler. Do not use toothpaste, as it won’t match the color of the wall, and can be difficult to paint sometimes. You’ll also want to take some time to paint over these patched sections. While you’re patching the walls, take a minute to address any dents and dings in the walls as well. You can also replace any burned out bulbs and cover up any chipping paint.

Start High, Finish Low

When you start to clean any room, it’s always best to start cleaning the top of the room and working your way down. This ensures that you’re knocking all the dust, dirt, and grime loose, and then vacuuming or mopping it up off the floor at the end of the cleaning process. We suggest you start by running a broom around the edges of the ceiling to knock loose any cobwebs that may have accumulated over the years. Wipe down the fan blades, then move onto the shelves and blinds. If need be, wipe down walls and doors, and then the baseboards. Finally, sweep, vacuum, or mop the floors to pick up everything you’ve knocked loose while working.

Movone Move & Store

In part two of our blog series on cleaning up before you move out of your home, we’ll go into further detail on how to clean the major appliances. Until then, if you’re looking for a comprehensive moving service in the Jersey City area, give the specialists at Movone Move & Store a call. We offer packing, moving, and storage solutions, all using our eco-friendly packaging.