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Clean Up the Home Before You Move In

Get out the duster–moving into a new home can be a dirty job. don’t leave the cleaning up to the previous owner or landlord, listen to the old adage that says, “if you want something done right, do it yourself”. Dirty elements like dust mites, bacteria or just plain stuffiness needs to be addressed before moving all of your things into your new place.


Pull our your sponge and organic natural homemade cleaners because you need to scrub out that lingering smell that the previous owners cooked into the walls and counters. Things like oil and smoke can stick around longer than appreciated to new owners or tenants so make sure that you really get some elbow grease and work on this area to feel your kitchen is really your fresh new place to cook.


Yuck. This is where all of the bacteria has grown from a variety of functions that are quite normal when it comes to cooking and cleaning, but how do you really know how clean something is? Bottom line is that you don’t. So to make sure, clean it.  Make sure to thrown in some cleaner down the disposal to start fresh.

This area is probably the most important and also in need of the most effort. This may take some heavier cleaners that can cut through some heavy baked on grease and other mysterious goos and gunks. Make sure to move the appliances and clean behind and under them to really get the clean start you are looking for in your new place. Appliances include the oven, refrigerator, stove and any other electrical appliance included in your new place.

Kitchen Cabinets and Counters

Cabinets can collect dust and mold from dishes and lack of use. Make sure to wipe a heavy cloth through each shelf of the cupboards to make sure you aren’t taking anything in when using your glasses cups, bowls and plates. Counters are pretty obvious, the most used surface in the house.


These can get gunky quick. As you may know heat rises and can take up some pretty goopy elements with it and once cooled gets hard and builds up a residue. Get your heavy cleaner with your cloth again and clean up those walls.


Mop it! Mop it good! Chuck the disposable mop and pull out the real deal to get up those scuff marks and stains.

Overall, moving into a clean new kitchen is the only way to go. Otherwise you are looking to move in to a dirty scummy place filled with other peoples grease and dirt.

Terminology Tuesday

At times understanding the mumbo jumbo in a lease can leave you scratching your head and feeling like you need a lawyer just to sign it. Take these glossary terms and terminology will most definitely help you in your journey through moving.  

Co-tenant– A person who agrees to a lease or rental agreement together with one or more other persons who will also occupy the premises.
Domicile- The state in which one maintains a permanent home to which he or she intends to return (even though residing in another state).
Forfeiture- Loss of the tenant’s continued rights under a lease.
Guaranty- An agreement as it pertains to a lease, whereby a person who will not occupy the premises guarantees that the tenant will perform his or her obligations under a lease or rental agreement.
Joint tenancy– A means of owning property by two or more owners. If one of the owners dies, the other owner or owners automatically take over that person’s portion of the ownership.
Periodic tenancy– A rental agreement that runs from week-to-week, month-to-month, or year-to-year.
Rent– The compensation paid by the tenant to the landlord for use of the premises.
Rent control law– A law (usually enacted by a city, but sometimes by a county or state) that limits the amount by which a landlord may raise rents.
Security deposit– An amount of money given to the landlord by the tenant at the outset of the tenancy, to secure the tenant’s performance of certain legal obligations specified in the lease or rental agreement – such as payment of rent and cleaning the premises at termination of the tenancy.
Sub lessee– A person who subleases a tenancy from a sub lessor
sub lessor– A tenant who subleases his or her tenancy to someone else.
Tenancy in common– A form of owning property by more than one person, in which each person owns an undivided interest in the whole property. Unlike joint tenancy, the interests do not have to be equal, and upon the death of a tenant in common, his or her interest does not pass automatically to the co-tenants, but is disposed of in the same way as all other property.
Tenant– Some who enters into occupation of property with the permission of the owner.
Tenant association– Another name for a tenant union.
Tenant at will– A person who occupies property with the landlord’s permission with no clear agreement as to how long the tenant may stay. The law will usually allow either party to terminate a tenancy at will on 30 days written notice.
Tenant union– A group of tenants who organize in order to further their common interests as tenants.

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