Five Items to clean before you move

altCleaning up before you move is often overlooked or not considered at all, but it can make a big difference if you haven’t received your deposit or finalized your home sale.  The best way to determine to what degree of cleaning you will be expected to make is by reading the fine print in the contract of the property you were renting or of the property that you are selling.

So, if you are still unsure of how much to clean or what to clean, here are five general basic items to consider cleaning after you’ve removed your personal belongings but before you totally vacate the property:

  1. Clean the inside of the refrigerator, oven, and microwave.
  2. Another item that is often overlooked is the inside of your cabinets and shelves.  This is a fairly simple job, but more times than not, it’s forgotten.  It’s as simple as a good wipe down with a damp cleaning cloth.
  3. Cleaning your floors can make a huge difference and is often the first item to be noticed in a final tour or inspection of the property. For “House cleaning tip- Secret to a clean carpet”, click HERE.
  4. The walls are an important step and should never be over looked.  Make sure they are presentable and in good condition.  You can use a little drywall spackling and then touch-up paint.
  5. A good rule of thumb is to always clean the tub and shower of any mold spots or hard water buildup.  For “House cleaning tip – Secret to a clean shower”, click HERE.


Cleaning up before you move can make a big difference in sealing the deal.  So, before you walk out that door make sure you have left the property in the state you found it in or better.

What items do you think should be cleaned before moving?

Do you have any good cleaning tips or tricks to share with people who are getting ready to clean before the move?

Read our article about “Letting go during a move” HERE.

For information on  staying organized when moving, click HERE.

To read more blog articles on moving, click HERE.

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