Cleaning Your House
The best time to clean is before or after a move since nothing is in your way. You will exponentially cut the time it takes to clean.
Start with the kitchens and bathrooms. These rooms take the longest and require more elbow grease than the rest of the home. Start high and work your way down, dusting first, wiping next and then toweling dry.
In the Kitchen
Wipe the tops of cabinets. Then use a mild cleaner, such as very diluted dish soap to wipe down the faces and inside of all the cabinets. If odor is an issue, try using diluted Pine Sol®. Try not to get the cabinets too wet as this can lead to damage. If the sink is made of stainless steel, then use a cleaner called Bar Keepers Friend® and a Scotch Bright® pad to get some of the sparkle back. Oven cleaner can bring the shine back to the inside of the appliance. Make sure the space is well ventilated and you allow the cleaner to soak in for at least 10 minutes before trying to wipe it clean.
In the Bathrooms
Remove the old shower liner and curtain. Then, start high on the walls and work your way down. Use a mild cleaner, like Soft Scrub®, on the tile, tub and outside of the toilet to shine things up. Use glass cleaner on the mirror, faucets and bathroom accessories.
It is important to use the right cleaner for the right surface. First, quickly sweep or vacuum the floors to remove all of the loose debris. For wood floors, use Bona® hardwood floor cleaner to keep the surface streak free. For tile floors, use a mild solution of Simple Green® cleaner and warm water.
Walls and Trim
These surfaces can be wiped down with a mild cleaner and warm water to clean off fingerprints and smudges.
Get Ready to Move: Top 10 Tips for Getting Started
- Make a Plan
- Create a Timeline
- Set a Budget
- Do it Yourself vs. Hiring a Pro
- Make a Moving File
- Make Sure You're Insured
- Get Your Records
- Update Your Address
- Don't Forget Your Utilities
- Announce the Big Move
Get Ready to Move: Top 10 Tips for Getting Started
Make a Plan
Develop a list of tasks that need to be completed before your move, determine what updates need to be made at your current and future homes before moving day, schedule a day to organize your belongings and determine what moves, what will be donated or sold and what will be thrown away.
Create a Timeline
Track back from your move day and plot out when all of your moving tasks need to be completed. An effective timeline will ensure that your move is hassle free. Also, planning ahead can save you money since you will have time to compare and negotiate rates and prices in advance.
Set a Budget
Based on the distance and size of your move, determine how much you can spend to close up your own home, move all of your belongings and settle into your new place. Setting your budget in advance will allow you to plan your move within your budget's parameters.
Decide to Do it Yourself or Hire a Pro
Determine if you can move your home yourself based on the size and contents of your move and if you have the time to complete all of the work. Reach out to at least 3 moving companies to receive estimates on your job. Compare pricing and based on your budget, identify if you have the funds to hire movers. If you decide to handle the move yourself, start organizing and/or purchasing all of the items needed for the move and make a reservation for a moving truck. The items we recommend you have on hand are boxes, packing tape, scissors, a utility knife, moving blankets, bubble wrap, a hand truck, gloves & permanent markers.
Make a Moving File
This essential organizational tool will help you keep track of everything from moving estimates and receipts to other documents like to do lists and contacts sheets that will make your move a breeze.
Make Sure You're Insured
Contact your insurance provider to confirm all needed policies will transfer, including homeowner, health and automobile.
Get Your Records
Secure copies of any legal and financial records that you will need during or after the move and make sure to keep them in a secure place so they don't get lost in transit.
Update Your Address
Forwarding your mail is a crucial step to pulling off a successful move. Updating USPS with your new address ensures that your credit card statements, cell phone bill and other private information are forwarded to your new address. This can easily be done on USPS's website. Also, don't forget to contact your family's schools to transfer your children's records, compile medical and dental records including prescriptions and shot records and ask your veterinarian to transfer records.
Don't Forget Your Utilities
With so many things to coordinate during your move, many people forget to turn on and off their utilities. It's a good idea to schedule your service around two weeks in advance. You should keep your current utilities in your old house running for at least two days after you move and to have your future utilities turned on two days in advance.
Announce the Big Move
Send out paper and/or electronic announcements with your new address the week before you move, letting friends and family know where you will be living.