The last thing you want to do before you leave one home to start another is clean out the old place. But alas, it must be done, so just throw on some tunes, grin and bear it. If your place is just surface dirty and not damaged, how well you clean could be the difference between getting back your deposit money that has been held hostage for years or not. So here is a checklist of things not to forget as you prepare your home for its next inhabitants.
- Take all nails and screws out of the walls and ceiling and putty them smoothly.
- Dust the ceiling fixtures.
- Dust all ledges.
- Clean the windows.
- Clean the door knobs and doors.
- Clean all light switches and outlets.
- Clean the walls and baseboards.
- Vacuum (get any stains out of the carpet, or get the carpet professionally cleaned).
- Get rid of all cobwebs.
- Get soap scum off the bathroom tiles and tub/shower and bleach the grout.
- Clean out the bathroom drawers and vanity, making sure you get all the hair out (and remove any liners).
- Clean the toilet, sink, counter top and finally the floor (sweep and mop). If the toilet seat is unsavory looking, replace it.
- Clean the mirror.
- Vacuum out the surface of the exhaust fan if super dusty.
- Clean out all cabinets and liners.
- Wash the front of the cabinets.
- Clean and disinfect all counter tops.
- Clean and shine up the sink and faucet.
- Scrub the refrigerator inside and out. Remove all shelves and clean separately if necessary.
- Scrub the oven inside and out. Remove shelving, drip pans and burners. Use steel wool, it is your friend.
- Clean out the dishwasher if you have one.
- Clean exhaust fan if needed.
- Remove all appliances and sweep behind them.
- Dust, sweep, vacuum and mop these empty rooms.
When packing, people underestimate the weight of books or wait til the last minute to pack them. Then you try to fit them all in the last few boxes that you have and up with the heaviest boxes in the world that are ready to bust at the seams. Here is a great article to help those preparing for their upcoming move.
Packing your items properly to begin with will save you time and ensure your goods are maintained in the best possible condition.
Make use of the specialist packaging materials at your local self storage facility, from high quality boxes and bubble wrap to port a robes and boxes for plasmas and LCD televisions.
Your local self storage centre can supply all your packing needs.
- Don’t move wardrobes, drawers etc while full, you can break them. Only fill them when they are in place and fully assembled.
- Clothing and personal goods should be packed in strong secure cartons.
- Cushions should be wrapped in plastic.
- Where possible remove the legs from items of furniture e.g.. bed bases, tables etc. to avoid damage and save space.
- Vacuum food crumbs from lounges to prevent attracting vermin.
- Furniture shouldn’t be placed directly on the floor, use plastic or material to cushion heavy items.
- Stack chairs seat to seat with cloth or paper separating them.
- Place a cover over all furniture, especially sofa’s, recliners and anything of value.
- Make sure all white goods (fridges, freezers etc) are empty, clean and dry before storing.
- Leave doors slightly ajar to prevent mould build up.
- A deodoriser placed inside fridges or freezers is also a good idea to maintain freshness.
- If you pack items inside your fridges and freezers you scratch the insides or damage the shelving, best to leave them empty.
Glass and Breakables
- Wrap all breakable items separately in tissue or packing paper, box and ensure they are marked “Fragile”.
- Pack breakables in sturdy boxes.
- Protect fragile items by wrapping them individually in packing paper (newsprint can be very messy and possibly stain).
- Place packing in the top and bottom of cartons for added protection.
- Place plates, saucers and bowls on their sides to prevent any breakage.
- Empty space should be filled with packing paper.
- Ensure you haven’t stacked heavy items on top of cartons containing breakables.
- Pictures and mirrors should be wrapped in cardboard or proper picture/mirror cartons.
- The original boxes are ideal to repack in.
- If the original boxes are not available talk to your self storage centre about speciality boxes for electronic items.
- Ensure all electronic equipment is clean and dry before storing.
- Ensure that items above or on top of electronic equipment will not fall down or damage the surfaces.
- If storing a refrigerator or freezer, be sure that the item is thoroughly dry and clean to prevent moisture and mildew from damaging any of your valuables. Store with the door slightly ajar.
- To minimise rust in metal items such as tools, wipe the item with a few drops of oil before storing them away.
- Pack these items away from goods that may be stained such as furniture.
- Wrapping silver in NON ACID tissue paper or plastic bags can help reduce tarnishing. Wipe chrome or cast iron with a little machine oil to help retard rust.
What you Can’t Store
You should not store any Goods that are hazardous, illegal, stolen, inflammable, explosive, environmentally harmful, perishable or that are a risk to the property of any person. This includes items like petrol tins, paint thinner, full gas bottles or chlorine.