When moving out, we usually look forward to moving in to the new place, setting it up, and inhabiting it with some nice, cosy vibes. However, when leaving the old rental, there are a few to-dos that must be added to the checklist. This leaves a good impression and is also mandatory by law. But in the chaos of leaving, we often forget what needs to be done. This blog tells you in detail about the multiple cleaning and maintenance fixes you must finalise before making the final move:
1. Outdoor Fixes
Fixing up the lawn, porch, backyard, or front yard of a house is a common outdoor project.
- If you have a lawn, maintain the grass and remove any weeds you spot. If there are trees around, make sure there are no dry and dead branches. Rake any fallen leaves around the area.
- If there are tiles or flooring around the porch or garage area, then use a tile cleaner and make sure it is properly scrubbed and dried before you leave.
- Keep every essential that doesn’t belong to you in place.
- Don’t create a mess with the cleaning supplies.
- If there is a garage, then make sure it is swept and mopped well. Remove any dust or webs in the corners. Check for mould and mildew in the garage and double check if you have packed all your stuff.
2. Indoor Fixes
Indoor Fixes can be used in kitchens, bedrooms, bathrooms, and any other room in the house.
- If you have separate floors, then start with the top level. Clean all the rooms. Properly sweep, dust, and mop everything.
- Make sure the bathrooms (attached and common) are all clean. Remove any sanitary and toiletry items that belong to you and discard them whenever you are not using them.
- Make sure the bathrooms are dry with no leaks.
- If your house has fans or exhaust fans, clean them with a damp cloth to remove any dust.
- Make sure any AC filters, air vents, or ducts are cleaned so that there is no clogging.
- If there are appliances, remove them, clean them, and place them back. Make sure that they are all in working order or report the faults to your landlord before moving out.
- Remove any stains or oil spills in the kitchen. This is one area that can get some really rigid grease marks. Use an oven cleaner for easy scrubbing.
- Clean all faucets and shower heads that must have accumulated grime and limescale over time.
- For countertops and cabinets, make sure that you disinfect them all properly with vinegar and baking soda. Remove everything from the kitchen cabinets that you plan on leaving and dispose of it. It can go bad and cause a pungent odour within the kitchen.
- Crack open a window so that fresh air flows and the space is not completely enclosed; otherwise, that can also cause musty odours within the area.
- If you have drilled the walls or knocked in a few nails for paintings, then remove those gently so there are no marks and fill them in with putty. Smooth it out so there are no visible marks on the wall.
- Disinfect and clean all the fixtures around the house.
- If there are carpets installed in the house, then vacuum those properly.
- Make sure that you keep everything in place so the whole house looks neat and tidy.
- Remember that the place should look like how you would have wanted it to look if you were moving in.
In the end, if you want, you can even add some wardrobe fresheners around the house for a cleaner and fresher scent that will make your landlords like you even more! Add a thank you note and bid farewell until you begin a new chapter in your new rental.