Moving a House – the Cleaning Checklist
Moving a house is time-consuming and can be quite a stressful event as it consists of many tasks. From the finding of the movers to the unpacking of your furniture at your new home, there is a lot of legwork and paperwork involved during the whole process. And, cleaning your house before the move is an essential step. If you are renting your current place, then you should leave your property cleaned and tidied to avoid issues with your landlord. If you are selling your house, then cleaning and organizing is a must in order to boost your chances for a better deal. To save time, make a cleaning checklist and make a list with all the cleaning supplies needed.
From Top to Bottom…
In order to make your house shine, you should clean each spot in the house including doors and window frames which are usually skipped. Wash windows and scrub frames. Leave floors spotless. Mind that different floorings require different cleaning supplies. Steam clean carpets and mop hard floors. Do not forget to wipe light fixtures thoroughly and clean up stains from walls.
A spotless kitchen
The kitchen is usually the hardest room to clean. And it’s the last room that should be tidied up in your cleaning checklist. Perhaps, if you are moving your appliances – fridge, microwave, and stove, or dishwasher, dismantle and clean them at 3-4 days, so they will be ready to transport on moving day. You can eat out or order a delivery right to your home till the move day. Moreover, food is what you should not pack when moving a house.
Clean appliances in and outside using the proper detergent, take care of oil stains. If there are appliances that you are leaving behind, make sure to leave them in an appropriate condition too. Clean the floor under the fridge and the stove. Scrub sink and wipe countertops. After packing dishes and glasses, cleanse cabinets and drawers.
Scrub and sanitize each inch of the bathroom- top to bottom. Get rid of mildew. Do the thorough cleaning a few days before the move day, so you can do just a quick clean when you leave the place. Empty and wipe drawers and leave only a small case with toothpaste, toothbrush, soap, and a towel for the last days.
How to Start a Cleaning Business from Scratch
Decide on Your Cleaning Company Name
First things first, you definitely need to decide on your cleaning company name before you move any further. When picking your cleaning business name, you should consider how it will be perceived by potential customers or clients. When you think of MerryMaids, MollyMaids, MaidPro, theMaids, MaidBrigade, etc. what comes to mind?
When you see or think of Irene’s Cleaning Service what comes to mind? There is a big distinction here when it comes to perception. The franchise names that I mentioned first are branded names which means they are not associated with an individual’s name.
In the mind of a customer, a branded name appears to be more professional, established, and reputable. A name that is long and includes someone’s name seems unprofessional, not established, and probably cheap.
Before you perform your first cleaning, you will need to decide on what business structure you will have. Next, you will need to register your business name with your local register of deeds office if registering as a sole proprietorship, or the Secretary of State office if forming an LLC.
If you will be hiring employees or you do not want to associate your business with your social security number on your taxes, then you will need to obtain an Employer Identification Number (EIN) from the IRS.
There are companies that offer package pricing, flat rate pricing but we have over 25 years experience with in-home estimating and can quickly assess the time required for a cleaning for you. We believe flat rate pricing or package pricing over-inflates the price to cover for inadequacies in estimating.
The cost of cleaning is determined by several factors, including frequency. The longer things are left in between, the longer it takes you or anyone else to clean. While monthly visits are fairly priced, biweekly visits are even more reasonable, and weekly visits offer the best value of all.
The first visit is typically longer and that extra service is built into the initial quote when you inquire with us. Your regular maintenance quote will reflect the cost to maintain your home on the frequency schedule you choose.
rates are as follows:
$36.00/hour plus tax per person for regular weekly/biweekly service. Minimum two hours (one cleaner, 2 hours or team of two, 1 hour) $72.00 plus tax.
$38.00/hour plus tax per person for one-time/occasional. Minimum two hours (one cleaner, 2 hours or team of two, 1 hour) $76.00 plus tax.
Just to give you an idea of our prices (on a biweekly basis):
A typical apartment requires 2 hours for one cleaner (800 sq ft, 1 bathroom)
A typical townhouse requires 3 hours for one cleaner (1100 sq ft, 2 bathrooms)
A typical house requires 4 hours for one cleaner (2000 sq ft, 2 bathrooms)
End of Lease Cleaning Checklist Guide
Let’s face it moving out & cleaning a rental property is often a stressful and difficult process, especially if you want all your bond back! This guide includes tips and an ultimate end of lease cleaning checklist that you can print out.
Moving out is an extremely stressful period in anyone’s life, especially if you live in a rental property. Then you worry not only about packing all your belongings and moving them to a new location, but you also have to worry about getting your bond back. You can’t give back the keys until you make sure the place looks spotless. At the end of your tenancy, your landlord will conduct a final inspection to determine the condition of the property. An official condition report will be filled during this inspection, and if you don’t meet the set expectations, you won’t be able to receive your security deposit back.
What property damage are you responsible for whilst leasing?
One of the biggest difficulties people moving out face is determining what they are liable for in terms of damage. Fortunately, the tenant is not responsible for absolutely everything, as some types of wear and tear are out of your power. So, you are not responsible for damages that occur over time, such as fading and wearing of curtains, paint, furniture, floors or carpets.
These are the damages you are liable for, though:
Any type of stains, burn marks, holes and tears on the carpets
Scratches, stains and burns on floors
Burns, scratches and cuts on countertops
Stains, scratches and holes on walls
Stains, damages, scratches on tables, sofas, beds
Depending on how big the rental property is, you may have to start to vacate cleaning preparations up to a month in advance. If you live in a big house with a lawn, garage and other types of additional amenities, you have to start planning the process from there.
Your step-by-step guide to end of lease cleaning
The trick to a hassle-free exit from your lease is organising your cleaning regime within a proper timeframe. Use these tips to make your next bond clean a success.
One month before your lease ends
In most cases, your lease agreement will include a term that says your carpets must be professionally cleaned before you vacate the property. Now is the time to book in a professional carpet cleaner to arrive the day before you hand the keys back to the agent/landlord. Remember to keep a copy of the invoice!
Your lease agreement may also specify that you need to have pest control done on your property (especially if you’ve had pets). As a tenant, you’re responsible for leaving the property pest-free. Use the next few weeks to organise a professional pest control operator to spray your property.
Does your property have lawns? If so, make sure they’re mowed in the final week of your tenancy. If you don’t own a mower to do this yourself, book a gardener/handyman to mow the lawns for you.
Cancel your utilities (where appropriate)
Seven days before your lease ends
Clean outside your rental property
Clean and sweep out your garage. Does your floor need de-greasing? Remove any leftover cobwebs and spray the outdoor area with insect spray.
Remove all weeds, cut back your bushes, mow the lawns and spray the area with weed killer (if necessary). Do you need to replace any dead plants?
If you have any leftover rubbish in the backyard, keep an eye out for cigarette butts and bottle tops left around the garden and remove them before you leave.
Scrub down your driveway and pay special attention to any residual oil spill or tyre marks from your car.
Clean inside your rental property
Remove and wash your light fittings, then dry and replace. Check your light globes – are they in working order? Change and replace any globes that have blown.
Look at your curtains and blinds. Can you spot any dirt, dust or marks? If you have Venetian blinds, it’s a good idea to wipe them clean slat by slat. Some curtains may be able to be washed. If not, vacuuming may help to remove any leftover dirt and dust.
If you have an air conditioner or ceiling fans, wipe them clean (and the internal filters). Same goes for your smoke alarms. Remove the exhaust fans in the kitchen, toilet and bathroom and then wash and replace.
Are there any fly spots or inspect spots on your ceilings? Use sugar soap or a mild detergent in a bucket of warm water with a sponge. (But test a small spot first to ensure your paint stays intact).
Three days before your lease ends
Clean your windows
Get your windows in top shape by clearing all the cobwebs outside the house with a cobweb remover or broom.,
Have a look at your window tracks and clear them of dirt and build-up by carefully running a screwdriver along the tracks to release any dirt. Get in there with a vacuum (the narrowest nozzle you have) and then wipe clean with a damp cloth.
Place a screwdriver under the screen, lift up and slide it to the left or right, before pulling it out and removing the fly screen. Don’t force your screens because they will bend easily. Hose down the fly screen if necessary.
Handy tip: Flyscreens too tight? Or do you have security screens or second-storey windows? The sliding windows will generally come out from the inside. Just check to see if you need to loosen the screws at the top of the window (but don’t forget to tighten them back up).