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Moving house? You’ll need to do a spring clean! That is, a top-to-toe clean of the house that is more thorough than your usual clean.

A moving house spring clean will need to remove all the ingrained dirt and grime that you don’t normally tackle – such as grease in your rangehood, dust on the blinds and marks on the walls. You’ll also need to clean those spaces revealed by the removal of whitegoods and furniture. It’s amazing how much dirt and how many missing objects can accumulate behind fridges and under sofas!

Here is our guide to giving your house a good spring clean when you move – whether you’re moving on from a rental property or a home that you’ve just sold.

How To Spring Clean – A Room-By-Room Guide

Every room of your house will need to be dusted, vacuumed or mopped, and the windows cleaned. The following list contains all the spring cleaning chores you’ll need to do on top of that. We recommend you do the listed jobs first, and leave the final wipe and vacuum until the very last.

Bedrooms and Living Areas

  • Clean the inside of all cupboards and drawers.
  • Wipe down the top of windows, pelmets, curtain rails, blinds and ceiling fans.
  • Clean the vents and filter of air conditioners, and remove dust from heaters.
  • Remove any marks from walls – check closely where furniture has been sitting close to the wall.


  • Clean inside all cupboards and drawers.
  • Thoroughly clean sinks and bench tops.
  • Clean the oven, including racks and trays.
  • Wipe down splashbacks and walls near the cooking area.
  • Degrease the rangehood cover.
  • Pay extra attention to cleaning the floor when the fridge is removed.

Laundry, Bathroom and Toilets

  • Wipe the inside and outside of all cupboards and drawers.
  • Thoroughly clean sinks and bench tops.
  • Scrub the bath to remove any soap scum.
  • Thoroughly clean the floor and taps when the washer is removed.
  • Remove and clean any extraction fan covers.
  • Wipe down mirrors.
  • Clean the toilet, including around the base and piping.


  • Remove any cobwebs and give the floor a thorough sweep.
  • Remove any oil stains as best you can.
  • Wipe down any shelving and ensure it is in good order.

Outside Areas

  • Remove cobwebs
  • Wash down windows and clean outside ledges.
  • Mow lawns.
  • Sweep paths and decking.
  • Weed and neaten up the garden.
  • Rinse out the bins.

A Final Spring Clean Check

If at all possible, plan to return to the property and do a final clean once everything has been moved out of the house. Don’t forget to ensure you have easy access to your vacuum, mop, outdoor tidying and cleaning supplies when you pack! Pay particular attention to the state of:

  • Cobwebs
  • Marks on walls
  • Skirting boards
  • Holes or damage to walls
  • Windows (inside and out)
  • Blinds
  • Floors where white goods or furniture have been removed
  • Any remaining rubbish.

What spring cleaning requirements are there when you leave a rental property? And how about when you’ve sold your house? What happens if there’s damage to the property, and can you remove fixtures? Read it now in Part 2 here!

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