So, you’ve sold your house and now you need to get it clean for the new owners. Along with everything else to do with a house move, house cleaning when moving out can just add to your stress.

We’re all guilty of letting the clutter and mess build up over the years, so it can be difficult to know where to start. If you’re cleaning a rental property, you’ll need to get things back to the way they were when you moved in.  If you’re feeling overwhelmed by the whole process, it may be time to consider the benefits of hiring a professional cleaning service when moving.

Here are a few tips for tackling your move-out cleaning yourself:

Pack and Clean Room by Room

It will be far easier to clean when the majority of your belongings are packed. For example, you won’t be able to clean your kitchen cupboards until you’ve emptied the food into boxes or thrown it away.

Cleaning a room at a time will be less overwhelming. It’s often best to start in the bedrooms and living room. The kitchen and bathroom tend to be rooms that are still used each day up until the move, so it makes sense to leave them for last.

Use a Steamer

Germs can build up over time and stains can be hard to remove if they’ve been left. One of the best ways of making sure your house has a thorough clean before you move out is to use a steamer. Not only is it fantastic for removing stains from flooring and furniture but the temperature also eradicates any bacteria left behind.

A steamer is a great tool for cleaning oven hobs that have leftover grease or bathroom tiles with limescale. If you’re putting furniture, like mattresses, in storage during your move, steaming them and covering them with plastic sheeting will keep them fresh.


Have you ever walked into another person’s home and smelled something unpleasant? You may need to get rid of pet hair, cooking smells or even a scented candle you aren’t keen on. Those smells linger, even after you’ve moved out.

You can use a dehumidifier to get rid of those smells before someone new moves in. You may not be able to smell anything out of the ordinary but that’s often because we become accustomed to our own smells and they almost become part of the furniture. A few days with a dehumidifier on should do the trick.

Fresh Paint

No matter how long you’ve been at the property, the walls will always need a freshen up with paint. If you’re a smoker, the walls can quickly discolor and you may need to repaint entirely.

Most homes end up with marks on the wall, whether they were intentional or not. Fill any holes where you’ve hung pictures or artwork and patch up the painting where needed. A neutral color is always the best option.

Conquering the House Cleaning When Moving Out

Even if you know exactly what needs to be done, house cleaning when moving out can still be daunting. Take a look at Rescue My Time Cleaning Service for more tips on how to leave a clean house behind you.