Fresh Start: Moving Into A Spotlessly Clean Home


Moving into a new home can be a stressful experience. On top of that, the first thing you need to do is make the house spick and span. You have two options: DIY or professional house cleaning. Regardless of the option you choose, the key thing is to stay organized.

Clean in logical sequence

You should clean from the inside out, staring with the back of the house and then moving on to the front, including the porch. The same applies to specific rooms – the direction of cleaning is from the highest to the lowest point in the room. Clean the ceiling first. Next, vacuum and mop the floor. After this, do dry cleaning and then finish with wet cleaning.

The kitchen

Before washing the fridge, unplug them the night before to warm them up. Remove the bins and drawers and wash them separately in the sink, or bathtub, and then clean the inside of the fridge. Do the same thing with the stove, washing the metal trays and racks separately. When cleaning appliances, you can use a wax, or paste. If you are in need of deep cleaning, try soaking the oven, top of the stove and the metal trays and the racks as well as the bins and drawers into the mixture of water, a wax/paste and baking soda for 20 minutes.

During these 20 minutes, you can clean the kitchen cabinets. In this case, using baking soda is out of the question because it is too harsh. Choose a mild over-the-counter cleaner. If you have wood cabinets, a wood furniture polish is also effective. When done, finish cleaning the interior of the stove and the refrigerator/fridge and then clean the sides and beneath.

Move to the sink. Add white vinegar/lemon juice, baking soda and soap into the sprayer. Spray the sink as well as the faucets and handles. Let it stay for 10 minutes. In the meantime, clean the walls using a detergent and a sponge if there are hard-to remove stains. When you cleaned the sink, clean the kitchen counter with a mild cleaner. Finally, vacuum and mop the floor.

The bathroom

Let’s concentrate on the mould first. In order to remove it, soak the cotton balls in the bleach, place them on the mould and let them stay over the night. Remove the shower curtain and give it a good wash in the washing machine. If it is made of plastic, do not put in the dryer. Next, remove the stains from the sink and bathtub. Wash them with warm water and detergent and then use the mixture of baking soda, vinegar and soap to remove the stains, and let it rest for 10-20 minutes. The same process is applied to the faucets and handles.

While the sink and the bathtub are soaking, move on to the tile grout on the bathroom walls. Mix bleach, baking soda and water and then use a floor sweeper with a long handle and apply the mixture on the tiles. While the cleaning solution is drying, rinse the bathtub and sink. Move to the toilet bowl you can also wash with the vinegar and baking soda mixture, or a bowl cleaner. Refresh it with homemade toilet fizzies. Rinse the bathroom walls and reapply the tile grout cleaning process on the bathroom floor

The rest of the house

Have the carpets and curtains professionally cleaned and steamed. For windows, you will need a Windex/vinegar solution and a microfiber cloth. If you have fabric blinds, vacuum them, while metal and vinyl blinds can be cleaned with a sponge and a mild cleaner. For doors, do not use vinegar, or baking soda, but a mild cleaner instead. Clean the baseboards with a cleaner and a microfiber cloth. Lighting fixtures can be cleaned with a microfiber cloth, or dusted with a duster. Finally, vacuum the floors and properly mop them.

Professional house cleaning

Hiring a professional house cleaning service will allow you to focus on other aspects of moving into a new house, as getting a transfer van for all your items. If you opt for this option, make sure you know what is included in the price, what is considered extra and what is not done by cleaners. For instance, some house cleaning companies include cleaning windows, the interior of the oven and the balcony as extra services.

Washing dishes, cleaning inaccessible areas, such as the ceiling and lifting heavy furniture are usually not done by professional cleaners. Most house cleaning companies have several options you can choose depending on your needs.

With this step-by-step house cleaning guide, you can finish get your new abode sparkling clean in a day provided that you work in sequence and plan in advance.

Smooth Relocation On A Shoestring: Tips & Tricks


Getting a job in another city means that you will probably have to move, especially if the new place is more attractive than the town you are currently living in. However, the procedure of moving is not as simple as you might think beforehand. Many tiny details have to be sorted out to make the whole process as smooth and economical as possible. This is even more important when you have to start working at once and get packed in a few days.

Boxes for safe packing

No moving procedure can be done properly without appropriate boxes. They are the essence of every relocation process. Moving companies have realized their importance and they charge an arm and a leg to provide boxes for moving. However, you should depend on them, but you can get your own boxes and save a substantial sum of money.

Firstly, ask your friends and relatives if they have any empty boxes or know where they can be purchased at low prices. Secondly, go round the neighborhood and check if the supermarkets have any free old boxes. Finally, visit the Internet sites that sell boxes at reasonable prices. Additionally, make sure to recycle the boxes properly once you have finished with the moving.

Get rid of old stuff

There is hardly a better opportunity to ditch your old stuff than when you are packing to move to a new home. The advantage of such a proactive approach is multifold. First of all, you will leave the old energy behind you, which will help you start over in a more successful way.

In addition to this, you could earn some money from selling the things you no longer need. For instance, organizing a pre-moving garage sale could be a practical way to say goodbye to your neighbors and turn the old belongings into cash.

Moreover, you could also sell your old car, offering it for sale at one of those increasingly popular online car auctions, then simply rent a spacious relocation van to make the moving process much easier and cheaper, and purchase a brand new vehicle once you have moved and fully settled in at the new location.

Cancel utility contracts on time

When you are moving, you have to burn all the bridges that connect you to your old location, utilities-wise. Every mover should contact their electricity, heating and cable TV providers on time, to ensure that they do not charge them for the period after the moving.

It might not save you a fortune, but you can redirect the money saved that way to pay the new utility bills in your new home. Also, when you move, you should choose the most affordable gas and electricity providers, so have a look at some guidelines for that procedure.

Use the tax deductions

Believe it or not, the authorities offer interesting tax deductions for certain types of moves. The aim of every government is to encourage people to move to passive areas and boost their development. So, if you agree to move to a less developed area or a region that has a special status, you might even be allowed to claim some unusual tax deductions.

Moreover, there are also some tax regulations that determine tax deductions on the basis of the distance between your previous home and job and your new home and work premises. Also, have a better look at some tax deductible features you can claim when moving to a new home and town.

Relocating is a great chance for a fresh start. If you manage to handle the whole procedure in a smooth way and save some money in so doing, your new start will be even more pleasant. In this way, you will truly be ready for a new career in a new place.

Article by Lillian Connors.

Benefits And Drawbacks Of Back Loading When Moving House


Back loading is a viable option when moving house. Several homeowners opt for back loading instead of a professional removal company. Back loading refers to a service provided by individuals and small groups who rent out the space on the back of their trucks. You can load your belongings on the back of the truck and the driver will take them to your new home. There are several benefits and drawbacks of back loading when moving house.


  • First and foremost, back loading is an inexpensive option for house moving. You have to pay a fraction of the money you would have to pay a professional moving firm. This makes back loading highly affordable. If you are on a tight budget, back loading is a great option to avail and move house without spending too much money.
  • Back loading services are available at a short notice. The big and well known moving firms have a lot of appointments and reservations made in advance. They might not be able to accommodate your house moving on the day you want. A back loader can be found at a short notice. If you don’t want to delay your house moving, you can find a back loading service.
  • Removalist companies drive from their office to your home, load your things and then drive to your home. On the other hand, back loading trucks are already en route in the direction of your new home. They load the things and deliver them. This saves fuel and heat, which makes the whole process eco friendly.


  • Back loading movers are not accredited. They don’t have the licensing and certification which professional moving firms do. Though they may do the job perfectly, they are not professional in the true sense of the word. Most of them are looking to make some extra money by helping people move homes.
  • There is little chance that you will receive proper insurance limiting your liability during transit. Even after your belongings have been loaded, the liability remains with you. Any damage to your things during the journey will be on your account. The back loaders will have no responsibility whatsoever. Proper insurance is provided by the reputable moving firms.
  • In most cases, the back loaders arrive on the day of the move. They don’t do an inventory of your things so there is always the chance that something might go missing or get misplaced. Inventory is important to know exactly what items were placed on the truck belonging to the back loading firm.
  • Because you don’t have a proper receipt or any documentation, there is a chance that the driver might abscond with all your belongings. This is a great risk to undertake. This is one of the reasons you should avoid availing the option of back loading when moving home.

Keep all these in mind when you are seeking a firm to help you move house.

Andy is a blogger and marketer at Walkers Moving And Storage specialising in international relocations.