The Ultimate Guide to Cleaning Your Home Before Moving: A Step-by-Step Checklist

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Step By Step Exit House Cleaning Guide

Moving to a new home is an exciting adventure, but before you embark on this new chapter, there’s one important task you shouldn’t overlook: cleaning your current home. A thorough cleaning ensures you leave the space in top-notch condition and provides a fresh start for the next occupants. To help you tackle this important undertaking efficiently and effectively, we have created the ultimate step-by-step checklist for cleaning your home before moving.

If it all seems too overwhelming Nest can provide move-out cleaning, or bond cleaning.


1. Gather Cleaning Supplies:

Before diving into the cleaning process, gather all the necessary cleaning supplies. Make sure you have the following essentials: all-purpose cleaner, glass cleaner, disinfectant, microfiber cloths, scrub brushes, mop/broom, vacuum cleaner, trash bags, and gloves. Having these supplies at hand will save you time and effort.

2. Create a Room-by-Room Plan:

To ensure no area is overlooked, create a room-by-room plan. Begin with less frequently used areas and gradually work your way towards high-traffic spaces. This systematic approach will keep you organised and prevent you from missing any crucial cleaning tasks.

3. Declutter – Sell, Donate, Discard:

Before deep cleaning, declutter your belongings. Sort items into four categories: keep, sell, donate, and discard. This process not only reduces the amount of stuff you need to clean but also makes your move more streamlined. Gumtree and Facebook marketplace are great for selling furniture and big household items as well as designer clothes and kids stuff. There are plenty of charity stores that will take items that you can not sell.  Discard unwanted items in your rubbish bins or if there is to much take a trip to the dump.

4. Dust from Top to Bottom:

Starting from the highest points, dust ceilings, light fixtures, and ceiling fans. Work your way down to shelves, furniture, and baseboards. Don’t forget to wipe down blinds or curtains and vacuum upholstery to remove dust and allergens.

5. Clean Windows and Mirrors:

Use a glass cleaner and lint-free cloth to clean windows and mirrors. Pay attention to corners and edges for a streak-free shine. Don’t overlook sliding door tracks, which can accumulate dirt and debris.

6. Deep Clean the Kitchen:

The kitchen requires extra attention due to food spills and grease buildup. Clean appliances inside and out, including the refrigerator, oven, stovetop, and dishwasher. Wipe down cabinets, countertops, and backsplashes. Don’t forget to sanitise the sink and waste disposal.

7. Refresh Bathrooms:

Thoroughly clean bathroom fixtures, including the toilet, bathtub, shower, sink, and vanity. Scrub tiles and grout, ensuring they sparkle. Polish taps and mirrors for a pristine look. Replace shower curtains or liners if necessary.

8. Tackle Floors and Carpets:

Sweep or vacuum all floors, paying attention to corners and edges. Mop hard floors with appropriate cleaning solutions. If carpets are heavily soiled, consider professional steam cleaning for optimal results. Don’t forget to vacuum floor vents and clean behind appliances.

Final Touches:

As you near the end of your cleaning checklist, focus on final touches. Wipe down switch plates, door handles, and light fixtures. Remove any scuff marks on walls. Empty and clean all trash cans. Leave your home smelling fresh by using air fresheners or natural alternatives.

Exterior and Outdoor Spaces:

If you have an outdoor area, don’t forget to mow, clean and tidy it before leaving. Sweep patios and decks, clean outdoor furniture, and trim any overgrown plants. Ensure that the exterior of your home looks well-maintained.
Nest Cleaning is your go to for Professional Bond House Cleaning or House exit cleaning if you need help when moving out.

Cleaning your home or apartment before moving is a crucial step to ensure a smooth transition and leave a positive impression on the next occupants or the rental agency. By following this step-by-step checklist, you’ll be well-prepared to tackle every cleaning task effectively. Remember to enlist the help of family or friends or a professional cleaner to make the process more manageable. With a clean and fresh home, you can confidently embark on your new journey

Hiring professional cleaners lightens the load allowing you to focus on your actual move and preparing your new home or apratment. We can also help with a Move In Hygiene Clean.

Nest Cleaners would love to help!

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