Moving is without a doubt exciting and definitely an important moment in each person’s life. It is never easy to part with the dwelling you have been inhabiting for quite a while. It’s a big step and it is easy to understand why people who are to undergo it are so excited. However, there are some things that need to be taken care of, prior to moving away. As strange as it may seem to some people, they include not only packing your personal possessions, but also taking care of the place by leaving it neat, clean and in order. Exactly the way you found it when you moved in. This is the way to show good manners and appreciation to the place that has been your home for quite a while. This will definitely appeal to the future owners/landlord. If the place you have been living in is a rented one, you most probably have made a deposit for it to your landlord. A deposit which you would like to receive back. However, this is only going to happen if the place is left in proper condition. If however, you own the house/apartment, it needs to look as good as possible so that you could easily sell it at a good price. Regardless of the case, the thing you will need to do is to roll up your sleeves and get your hands dirty. Here are some ideas on how to make the place look presentable once you are gone.
Things you must do prior to moving out:
1. Patch up the holes
When all of your artwork and paintings are already taken off the walls, you are going to have to remove all nails and screws that have been holding the aforementioned objects. Once that is taken care of, small holes will reveal themselves. This should also be fixed by filling the holes. Use spackling paste to fill out the holes. Sanding the surface afterward is optional but advisable, as it will make theses parts of the walls easy to paint over.
2. Clean all kitchen appliances
If kitchen appliances like oven and fridge were already part of the interior when you moved in, or even if they are yours but you would like to sell them along with the house, you are going to have to give them a nice cleaning. It is a bit time-consuming to make them sparkling, but it is essential, as they are used to put food in.
3. A thorough cleaning
Each room. Every corner. Floors and ceilings. Clean all of them once you have moved all your belongings out of the house. An overall clean house/apartment makes a good first impression. This might turn out to be a hard task for you, therefore you can consider hiring a cleaning company to do it all for you.
Unless you are thinking of leaving an appliance that will come in handy to the future owners (TV set, fridge, oven, dishwasher, washing machine and other bigger devices) take other things with you or throw them away. Do not leave any junk like a flimsy old drying rack, broken wall clock or a moth-eaten armchair behind.
5. Call an exterminator
Not all problems are visible. The place might be pest-infested with critters or insects which you don’t see. A roundup check by a professional exterminator will ensure that the place is totally safe. Or if it isn’t the experts will pest-proof it.
By leaving the place presentable and in order you ensure yourself an easy deposit return. Or an effortless search for new buyers. Depending on the situation you are in.