You may be exhausted after moving into your new place, but if you want your security deposit back in your old apartment, it’s vital to leave it clean. Use this room-by-room cleaning checklist to ensure that you cover all of your bases.
Cheap Movers NYC (website here) asserts that the kitchen is the dirtiest room in an apartment, so you’ll want to plan to spend extra time cleaning this room.
Stove: In addition to cleaning the top of the stove, you’ll want to remove the burners and soak them in warm, soapy water or run them through your dishwasher. Don’t forget to clean the stove’s back panel and knobs as well.
Oven: Remove the racks, and clean them in your sink. U-Pack suggests using baking soda and water to scrub the inside of your oven if you don’t have a self-cleaning appliance. Allow the baking soda solution to sit on tough stains for a couple of hours before you scrub them. When you’re finished, wipe out the entire oven with water and a clean rag.
Refrigerator: After removing all the contents from your fridge, remove all of the refrigerator’s shelves and drawers. Apartment Therapy suggests spraying the inside of your refrigerator with a vinegar and water solution and letting it soak in. While you’re waiting for the solution to soak in, wash the refrigerator shelves and drawers with warm, soapy water. Wipe the inside of your fridge with a clean wet cloth, and replace the refrigerator’s shelves and drawers when they’re dry.
Dishwasher: Pour one cup of vinegar into a dishwasher-safe container, then place on the top rack of the dishwasher.
Cabinets and Countertops: Clean the insides and outsides of your kitchen drawers and cabinets. Use a disinfecting spray to clean your countertops.
Sink and Garbage Disposal: You can use a baking soda and water mixture along with a wet rag to scrub out your kitchen sink. To clean your garbage disposal, pour some baking soda down it, and let it sit for 10 to 15 minutes. Afterward, run the disposal while running hot water.
Toilet: Use toilet bowl cleaner to clean your toilet. While you let your toilet soak, use disinfectant to clean the pedestal and seat. Scrub the inside of your toilet with a toilet brush.
Tub and Shower: Use a bathroom spray to scrub your tub. Don’t forget to wipe the walls that surround your tub and the showerhead as well. Real Simple suggests making a paste out of one cup of baking soda and a few drops of distilled white vinegar to put on your shower doors if you have them. Leave the paste on for one hour before rubbing them off with a microfiber cloth, rinsing them off, and drying them with a clean, dry microfiber cloth.
Sink: Use disposable disinfectant wipes to clean your sink and faucet.
Vacuum or steam clean carpeted floors, and mop tile or wood floors.
Check your walls for any smudges, stains, or scuffs. If you find any, be sure to try to clean them up. You can use wall putty to cover the nail holes in your walls. You can find wall putty at your local home improvement store. Alternatively, you can fill in nail holes in your walls with white toothpaste, according to Updater.
Wash the insides and outsides of your windows, if possible. Be sure to wipe down the windowsills and blinds as well.
Dust off all the light fixtures in the apartment as well as the radiators or baseboard heaters.
When you move out of an old apartment, you will want your security deposit back. Following this checklist will help you leave your apartment clean, helping ensure that your security deposit is refunded.
While hiring professional movers makes a move in New York City far easier, the small apartment sizes and bustling sidewalks still make relocating a challenge. These tips will help you make the move as stress-free as possible.
As soon as you know you will be moving, start to get organized. Being prepared is the best way to ensure an event free transition between apartment spaces. Make a checklist of things you need to do and a timeline of when you should have it done. There are a variety of free apps and checklists online to help you if you are completely lost.
Fitting so many people into NYC means that buildings have been renovated and remodeled numerous times. This often leads to strange angles and extra narrow doorways. Never assume that all your furniture will fit. Take measurements in your new building well ahead of time. This will allow you to determine which items you can keep and if you should have the moving company disassemble items.
You never realize how much unneeded junk you have until it is time to move. Several weeks ahead of your move, go through all your belongings, and weed out things you never use. A good rule of thumb is to ditch anything that you have not used in over six months. Make extra money by selling things, or donate them to a worthy charity shop.
In New York City you only have a day or so to move between leases. While you may think that you can fit this into a weekend, give yourself a break and take some time off work to eliminate stress. You will need time beforehand to do last minute packing, and your new apartment also needs to be cleaned and unpacked. You will be grateful for the extra days to complete the thousands of chores that crop up during a move.
You should begin hoarding packing supplies as soon as possible. If you wait until the last minute to pack everything, you will quickly find yourself overwhelmed. Even if you are paying to have your things packed, there are items you can pack well ahead of time to speed up the process. Offseason clothing, decorative items, and books can all be boxed up weeks in advance.
If you are lucky enough to score a residence with a service elevator, be aware that most apartments require you to reserve the elevator before your move. Check with your new landlord to determine if this is necessary.
Get in touch with utilities and your internet service provider to set up these important services for your moving day. There is nothing worse than being without water or electricity on your first night in a new space, and you will be grateful to have WiFi ready to go.
Planning and preparation are the key ingredients to an easier move. Don’t forget to tip your hardworking movers before they depart.
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