Hi friends! Mallory here! Well, we are officially moving! My husband accepted a job in Prescott, Arizona, about 2 hours from where we currently live in the Phoenix area. We are in escrow on our first home in 10 years! We have been renting during this very, very long school journey and we are finally ready to stop renting and get into our own home! I’m 90% excited, 10% terrified. When I’m stressed, I clean. Today I’m going to share my favorite cleaning tips for moving out of your old home and into the new one!
This post is sponsored by Mr. Clean and Swiffer. All opinions are 100% mine.
I’ll be the first to admit, buying a home is insanely stressful. We looked at approximately 1.2 billion homes online before actually walking through them with our realtor.
I’d have to agree that a huge turn-off is walking into a home for sale and finding it filthy. I can look past carpet, paint, cabinets, etc but when a house is dirty, it makes you wonder if the homeowner took care of the home. Furnishings and cosmetic issues throughout the house can be fixed but when I see a really dirty home, I wonder if they kept up on the maintenance of the home. It may be unjustified but personally, it gives me a few concerns about the home.
Now I don’t have the pressure of selling our home but even when you move out of a rental, you have to worry about leaving a clean slate behind for the next renters or home owners. I love the Swiffer and Swiffer Wet Jet for keeping my floors clean to prepare to move out. Our landlords will be inspecting the home upon move-out to make sure we get our deposit back. At this point, we touch up paint, have the carpets professionally cleaned and clean every nook and cranny of the home on our own. There are a lot of commonly missed areas when deep cleaning a home. Here are a few commonly skipped areas to add to your list!
- Insides and behind appliances
- light fixtures/ceiling fans
- light switches
- door knobs
- cabinetry and toe kicks
- inside cupboards/cabinets/vanities
- window sills
- a/c vents
I sat down low to scrub our cabinets with Mr. Clean Magic Erasers and I was surprised at how much grime and dirt gets on lower cabinets. I wipe them down quickly during my cleaning routine but when you get down to eye level, you notice a lot more!
Don’t forget to pack a box of cleaning supplies and label it “Unpack First” so when you get to the new home, you can give everything a good clean before unloading all of the boxes and cluttering up the space.
Click here to download your free CLEAN SLATE Tip Sheet and don’t forget to check out this video by HGTV Star Jonathan Scott for his tips on giving yourself and home buyers a Clean Slate on moving day!