Posted on November 23rd, 2018
You’ve put in your two weeks’ notice, scheduled your flights, and got your affairs in order. Now the only thing standing between you and your new home is, somewhat ironically, your stuff.
Moving across large distances is a hassle enough without having to worry about your stuff. In fact, most long-distance moves cost families upwards to $5,000. What better way to subsidize that cost than using your previous location’s security deposit to make up some of the difference.
However, there’s a lot that can be lost in the chaos of moving—one of which being time to sufficiently clean everything. If you’re not too careful, your landlord might call in the professionals and force you to foot the bill by taking your security deposit from you.
Don’t want that to happen? Then read on, because we’ve got the ultimate guide to move out cleaning and making sure you get back every cent you may be owed.
If you’ve got deadlines swirling around in your head and find the task of cleaning your home just a little daunting, then you need to try to look the job ahead in a different light.
We recommend starting small. By handling the smaller tasks, like cleaning out attics and crawlspaces, you can make sure that those smaller jobs don’t pile up into a big mess by the end of your lease.
You can also make it a point to mark off of a room every night or every weekend. Take just an hour or so to completely finished off a room and prepare it for the big move, then cross it off of a physical checklist.
Doing so will give you a greater sense of accomplishment and show you that what you’re doing is making a difference. While it’s not often talked about, the physiological aspect of move out cleaning is just as important as the physical.
Freshening Things Up
Next, you’ll want to make sure that any “dead air” stench is long gone by the time your landlord comes by to inspect the place. To make sure they’re not disappointed by what they see, try looking into a professional carpet cleaning service.
Companies like Carpet Dazzle Santa Monica and other professional services can make your former home look perfect and ready for action. Plus, if you don’t remember the last time you had this service done, it might be time to do it anyways.
Next, you need to consider the act of moving itself.
If you’re going to be going from one location to another in a relatively short distance, then you may be able to move from point A to point B without much hassle. However, if you’re going further, then storage may be considered.
In either case, we recommended getting the moving done early enough so that you have at least a full day to tackle the cleanliness of your former space. You may also want to consider your storage options so that you won’t be worried about your stuff once you’ve made the move.
Finally, after all of your stuff is out of the unit and you’ve tackled your carpets, all that’s left it to get your old place looking better than it’s ever looked.
The key? Much like with our first point, our last involves handling the small stuff.
Make sure odorous spaces like kitchens and bathrooms have been fully sanitized and deodorized. Also be sure to take a no-streak window solution to the windows to let in more light. With no curtains to speak of, the excess natural sunlight can make a place look even better.
These finishing touches will be sure to impress any landlord or property manager, so don’t hesitate to put in the extra mile here.
Provided you’ve approached everything methodically, you should be left with a unit that makes your former property owners want to give you more than the deposit for your efforts.