By Bryn Huntpalmer
If you are going to be staying in someone else’s home you want it to be clean and feel like a vacation rather than crashing at your brother’s house, right? The same goes for preparing your own home for a house swap. We’ve put together a handy checklist of things to take care of before you head off on your next swapping adventure!
Bathrooms are the most gross so let’s take of this first.
- Open windows to air the room out while you clean.
- Throw away extra bath products you don’t need and store the rest somewhere out of sight
- Spray down shower/tub with cleaner and be sure to allow ample time for soaking before wiping down
- Clean mirrors and windows
- Wipe down walls and sweep or vacuum.
- Wash and scrub the floor
- Add something that smells good like a toilet refresher or aroma sticks
This is the room your houseguests will be most focused on when they arrive because it is the key element when staying at a hotel.
- Air out the room as much as possible to get rid of your personal scent (no offense we all have one)
- Remove and wash all linens then put the room back together as professionally as possible (make your mother proud!)
- Go through your drawers, straighten them up, and donate, trash or store anything that your guests won’t be using
- Wash mirrors and windows (inside and out)
- Vacuum carpets, drapes, and ceilings. Be sure to move the bed, dressers, and other furniture to vacuum behind and under them.
- Store your clothes and shoes out of sight and leave some extra hangers for your guests to use.
The living room should be inviting and uncluttered so your guests can create their own experience while staying in your house rather than living your life.
- Set out a few clean and cozy throw blankets.
- Dust off television, entertainment center, and other furniture and photos
- Wash all drapes and blinds
- Clean off the ceiling fan since it tends to gather dust and rarely gets cleaned
- Use a vacuum with a special furniture tool to get into those couch cushions and remove the dirt. No one wants to see your old Doritos under their cushions when they are on vacation.
- Vacuum and sweep up all carpeted areas and rugs
- Pack up anything that is making the space look cluttered or that you don’t want your guests getting into.
Kitchens are the hardest to keep clean so this room will require the deepest clean.
- Remove items from all drawers, clean the drawers and each item
- Sanitize all cooking surfaces
- Open up that pantry and toss any expired items - you don’t want to gross your guests out with 3 year old beans.
- Clean out fridge and freezer. You can leave essentials that your guests might use but get rid of any sticky messes or food that will go bad quickly.
- Clean stovetop and oven — use the self-cleaning option on the oven that you’ve never tried!
- Sweep and vacuum ceiling to remove any surface dirt
- Wipe down walls, backsplashes, and any ceiling spots
- Scrub out microwave, including any trays or plates inside it
- Sweep and mop floor to a perfect shine
Voila! You should have a beautiful and clean space ready to host the best of house swappers! Enjoy your vacation and rest assured that those staying in your house will enjoy theirs.
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