Once you have sold your home, loaded all your belongings onto the moving trucks, you might feel that you are done with your old home, but common courtesy dictates that you leave your old home “broom” or “vacuum” clean for the new owners. It’s just the right thing to do.
Many homeowners choose to hire a professional cleaning service to take care of the post-move cleaning due to the fact that they already have enough on their proverbial plate, but if you choose to take on the task of preparing your home for its new owners yourself, here’s an easy list of things you should do before locking the doors for the last time.
Clean Any Appliances That Will Remain with the Home
If the stove, refrigerator and any other appliances will stay with the home, they must be emptied and cleaned. Make sure to remove all items from the refrigerator, defrost the freezer and wipe down all the shelving. As for the stove, remove the heating elements along the range and clean the drip pans thoroughly as well as the interior of the oven.
Scrub and Wipe Down All Surfaces in the Kitchen
Break out the cleaning supplies and go to work on the countertops, sinks and cabinets. This might seem arduous, but you will be surprised at how easy it is to clean a kitchen when there are no utensils, pots and pans or cutting boards in the way.
Clean the Bathrooms Thoroughly
Once you have removed everything from your bathrooms, clean them thoroughly. Like the kitchen, this is remarkably easy once bathrooms are empty.
Dust any fixtures and blinds that will remain with the home. Don’t forget to run a cloth along the wainscot and baseboards.
Wash the Walls
If you notice any stains along the walls – some that may have been hiding behind furniture – clean them to the best of your ability. Some multi-surface cleaner and a few paper towels will satisfy the requirements of common courtesy.
Clean the Floors
Here’s where the terms “broom” and “vacuum” clean originates. The last thing you do before walking out of your old home is to clean the floors. Sweep and mop any hard surfaces and vacuum any carpets.
There’s no law or rule regarding how clean you should leave your home for its new owners. It’s understandable if you do not want to spend too much time cleaning something that is no longer yours, but if you expect your new home to be clean when you begin the move-in process, you should extend the same courtesy to the new owners of your home. Contact me today for a consultation. I will be happy to answer any questions you may have, and/or help you find your dream home.
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