Whether you’re selling your home or simply moving from one rental to another, getting your home cleared and cleaned is essential. If you’re selling, it can boost buyer appeal and potentially increase the value. If you’re moving from a rental, this step can help you get your deposit back. It can, however, be a little overwhelming without a plan. Below are some steps to help.
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Make a To-Do List
No matter what project you’re getting ready to dive into, having a checklist can help. Walk through your home and make note of anything you need to do. Make a list that includes everything from what you need to pack to things you need to fix, like old light switch covers.
Gather Your Supplies
Make a store run to pick up all of your necessities. Don’t forget boxes, small baggies for things like jewelry, packing tape, trash bags, and any items you need for those small fixes.
Declutter Your Home
You’re going to realize as you go – if you haven’t already – that you have much more stuff than you thought. And you’re probably not going to want to take it all with you. It’s always a good idea to declutter your home first.
To save time and energy, do this by category so that you can be packing at the same time. For instance, if it’s summertime, go through all of your winter clothing. Get rid of what you don’t want and need and put the rest in boxes right away.
Consider Renting a Dumpster
As you declutter, it’s a good idea to have somewhere to put all of your unwanted items. By renting a dumpster, you can fill it with trash and broken items as you go.
Hire a Home Cleaning Service
Take some of the burden off of your shoulders by hiring a housekeeping company to come in and deep clean your home. Companies like So Fresh and So Clean specialize in this area. It may seem like an unnecessary expense, but you have enough to do and it can actually make you money in the long run.