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Spring Cleaning Before a Move?

Thu, Apr 02, 2015 at 3:56PM

While the task of spring cleaning every year may not be the most desirable, it’s got to be done; the same can be said for spring cleaning before a big move! While it may seem counterintuitive to spend your time and resources cleaning and organizing your current home before moving to a new one, the effort you put in to cleaning can pay off when it comes time to move your furniture, clothes and household items. Here are five ways you can make the move smooth by taking care of clean-up now:

Organize your closets: The closet is definitely a daunting task to tackle, but it requires special attention especially before a move. Whether you’re moving in a few months or a few weeks, use this time to sort through your clothes to decide what you’re keeping and what you’re parting with. Keep your clothes neat and organized until it’s time to move them.

Toss, toss, toss! Whether it is clothes that don’t fit or things you intended to use but never did (and probably won’t, in the near future), clearing your house of unnecessary items will make moving the important things easier down the line.

If you could use extra money to get you on your way, putting on a garage sale might be the best, most neighborly way to rid yourself of old items.

Garage duty. If, like many of us, your garage could use some work, now is the time to take care of it… not right when you’re moving! During your spring cleaning, look in the garage to check on what you have, decide on what you might be getting rid of, and prepare items to be moved or shipped easily when the big day rolls around.

Make it like you were never there. This is often a task for those who rent their home or apartment—to get your deposit back, you’re expected to leave the space exactly as you left it. Use this time to clean your carpets, scrub down bathroom stains and make small fixes like fixing up your tile.

Beautify your home. If you still need to sell your home, spring cleaning time offers you the perfect opportunity to give it a fresh, open look for potential buyers. Once you rid your home of unwanted furniture, old belongings or clutter, the staging process will be a simple matter of cleaning and rearranging your furniture to be appealing to buyers.

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