moving...have some questions

Posted on: Wed, 03/15/2006 - 10:57pm
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Hi, We recently sold our house and are building a new one. In the meantime we have to be out of our home by March 31...note to self, start packing soon. Until our new place is built we have to rent, so here's my question, how far would you go in terms of cleaning the rental property to make sure it's pa/tna safe? Obviously clean the cupboards and the likes, but should we have the carpets cleaned? I suppose I know the answer, maybe I'm just typing this to avoid the packing just a little longer...
Seriously though is there anything that I might not think of before moving into a new place.
Thanks, Gilli

Posted on: Thu, 03/16/2006 - 12:14am
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I would think that cleaning the carpets would be standard practice prior to a new tenant moving in... Could you ask/confirm this with your new landlord?

Posted on: Thu, 03/16/2006 - 1:16am
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I thought that too, but apparently it's not standard for this landlord! We live in a small town and rental properties are few and far between, this particular one is big enough to fit all 5 of us. I plan on cleaning the carpets myself and then attempting to take it off the rent. We'll see how it goes.
Gilli

Posted on: Thu, 03/16/2006 - 2:04am
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Do you have any time before you move in. Clean the carpets yourself, they will be done properly if you do them. Clean all lower walls where little hands would be, light switches, doorknobs, taps...
I hope you have help on moving day.
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Karalot

Posted on: Thu, 03/16/2006 - 8:13am
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I would clean the carpet it or have it professionally cleaned and wipe the house all over. It takes time and/or money but it is worth the peace of mind. That's what we did when we moved...
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Luisa
"Kites rise highest against the wind - not with it."

Posted on: Sun, 03/19/2006 - 5:04am
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Well, I personally would clean every surface that hands could touch, including railings, windows, doorknobs, windowframes, well you get the picture. I would absolutely get the carpets cleaned as well as any fabric furniture, paying careful attention to underneath sofa cushions (we all know things lurk under there!) Don't forget thorough scrub of fridge and stove. If it is coming supplied with dishes, etc. all of those will need to be cleaned too.
Good luck. I went through this once. It's a massive undertaking. We just moved into a brand new house and even that had it's cleaning necessities as you never know what workmen were eating in here.
Barb

Posted on: Thu, 03/16/2006 - 12:14am
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Joined: 12/06/2001 - 09:00

I would think that cleaning the carpets would be standard practice prior to a new tenant moving in... Could you ask/confirm this with your new landlord?

Posted on: Thu, 03/16/2006 - 1:16am
Gilli011's picture
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Joined: 12/05/2004 - 09:00

I thought that too, but apparently it's not standard for this landlord! We live in a small town and rental properties are few and far between, this particular one is big enough to fit all 5 of us. I plan on cleaning the carpets myself and then attempting to take it off the rent. We'll see how it goes.
Gilli

Posted on: Thu, 03/16/2006 - 2:04am
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Joined: 10/30/1999 - 09:00

Do you have any time before you move in. Clean the carpets yourself, they will be done properly if you do them. Clean all lower walls where little hands would be, light switches, doorknobs, taps...
I hope you have help on moving day.
------------------
Karalot

Posted on: Thu, 03/16/2006 - 8:13am
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Joined: 12/23/2004 - 09:00

I would clean the carpet it or have it professionally cleaned and wipe the house all over. It takes time and/or money but it is worth the peace of mind. That's what we did when we moved...
------------------
Luisa
"Kites rise highest against the wind - not with it."

Posted on: Sun, 03/19/2006 - 5:04am
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Well, I personally would clean every surface that hands could touch, including railings, windows, doorknobs, windowframes, well you get the picture. I would absolutely get the carpets cleaned as well as any fabric furniture, paying careful attention to underneath sofa cushions (we all know things lurk under there!) Don't forget thorough scrub of fridge and stove. If it is coming supplied with dishes, etc. all of those will need to be cleaned too.
Good luck. I went through this once. It's a massive undertaking. We just moved into a brand new house and even that had it's cleaning necessities as you never know what workmen were eating in here.
Barb

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