How to Tackle a Condo CleanoutYou’ll first have to assess the condition of the unit and determine approximately how much time you’ll have to devote to getting it cleaned out. Understand that some furnishings will present a real problem. For instance, getting rid of an old dining set can be a lot more difficult than you would probably suppose. Depending on its condition, you might be able to refinish and recover it, sell it, or donate it to a local charity.
Renting out your house, condominium, or apartment can be lucrative. But how do you prepare a home for rental? The number of renters in the United States—currently at 40 million—is expected to increase by between five million and six million in the next decade, according to the National Association of Realtors. That’s opportunity if you want it. Yet before you post a ‘for rent‘ sign and advertise your rental property, take time to prepare your place. —Realtor.comUnfortunately, the same holds true with what you can do with an old sectional. Such large furniture won’t be picked-up by the local trash collection agency, and, it will be your responsibility to dispose of it or face fines from the homeowner’s association. Speaking of the homeowner’s association, this is another obstacle you might face: the HOA rules. Of course, the homeowner’s association wants to keep every exterior looking great, but, it might have rules about when you can move things in and out. In addition, there might be assigned parking and guest parking, which can present a challenge. Once you know you’re cleared to go, you can use the following suggestions to tackle a condo cleanout:
- Refresh or remove furniture. Whether you’re going to rent or sell, if there is furniture in the condo unit, you’ll have to decide what to do with it. If it’s going to serve as a vacation rental for tourists and furniture is in good condition, refresh the fabric. However, if you’re going to sell the condo, it’s probably better to get rid of it all.
- Cleanout the kitchen entirely. Regardless if you’ll rent it out or sell it, the kitchen is one place that ought to be immaculate. Go through the cabinets, pantry, refrigerator, and freezer and clean each one out completely. Be sure to finish by disinfecting all surfaces.
- Get rid of all toiletries. The same holds true with the bathroom as it is with the kitchen, clean out the bathrooms, which include the toiletries, if any are still present. Disinfect all the surfaces to make a great impression.
- Remove junk from every room. Sell or rent, the junk has got to go and that means every closet and storage space in every room should be emptied and cleaned. Leave nothing behind but only clean, bare shelves.