How To Clean Your New Home Before You Move In
Congratulations on your new home! Odds are it’s been a long process of house tours, inspections and signing paperwork so now, with keys in hand, you can finally breathe a sigh of relief. Of course, there’s still a few more things to do before you begin hauling in all those moving boxes. A big one is to make sure the home is neat and tidy. Not to worry, this task can be done relatively quickly, especially when you know how to best go about it.
To help, here is a handy guide on how to clean before moving in and ensuring your home owning adventure gets started off right
Assess the Scope of the Project
Unfortunately, not every home is sparkly clean when it’s time to move in. There could be screws in the walls from the previous owner’s artwork, dust bunnies under the fridge and so on. As such, the first step is to do another walkthrough to inspect what cleaning needs to be addressed.
You should also look for any potential issues that need to be dealt with ASAP. For example, a pest control problem in the kitchen or a leak under a bathroom sink is simpler to handle without your stuff getting in the way or worrying about contamination. Checking the property like this could also give you a better idea of any nooks and crannies you might not have known about previously.
Remove All Unwanted Items
At times, sellers may leave behind debris from packing or belongings they no longer needed. Now is the time to get rid of anything you do not want. For small stuff, simply take a garbage bag with you from room to room and toss any trash left behind. You’ll want to be meticulous by looking in cabinets, closets and even appliances for any items you can donate, recycle or toss. After all, a completely empty house makes it much easier to carry out the next step.
An important moving tip is to always be mindful of where your cleaning essentials are packed. Ideally, you should pack these items together in one box or gather them in one spot. That way, you’re prepped and ready when the time comes to clean the old place and the new. At minimum, this collection should include:
- Rubber gloves
- Scrub/grout brush
- Microfiber cloth/rags
- All-purpose cleaner
- Glass cleaner
- Paper towels
- Dust wand
- Vacuum cleaner
- Mop and bucket
- Broom and dustpan
- Step ladder
- Electric drill
- Extension cord
You’ll also need a few other provisions to help your busy day of housework go smoothly. These include water, snacks, toilet paper for the bathroom and, of course, a good deal of elbow grease.
There are a few areas of the house you should prioritize. Grab your gloves, scrub brush and cleaners and head to the kitchen first. Often, this room takes the most time as you’ll be cleaning the fridge, stove, microwave, counters and cabinets. Plus, you’ll need time to be detailed in your cleaning by removing shelves, drawers, etc. to get each appliance as clean as possible.
Depending on the level of grime, you’ll want to move the appliances away from the wall and clean thoroughly behind them. Be sure to wipe down the sides, walls and mop the floor before moving them back. Another great tip is to check if the oven has a self-cleaning feature early on in your day. If so, take the racks out and run the cleaning cycle while you tackle the rest of the kitchen. This helps save time as well as the effort of scouring the oven yourself.
Once you feel satisfied with the kitchen, you’ll move on to scrubbing the bathrooms until they sparkle. It helps to dry clean before wet cleaning in these areas. That means dusting and wiping down the mirrors before moving on to the super-duty cleaners and hot water. After that, your priorities should be the bedrooms, living room, dining room, family room and so on. In each area, you ought to be wiping down every surface and washing windows before moving on to the next.
Finish With the Floors
When each room is sanitary to your liking, the last chore should be the floors. Begin by sweeping and vacuuming the entire house. Use any attachments your vacuum included to tidy up all the hard-to-reach spots as well as the stairs. If there are stains or to get a deep clean, consider renting a commercial carpet cleaner. Just remember to leave plenty of time for the carpet to dry.
The last step will be to mop. It’s crucial to use the appropriate techniques on certain surfaces. For instance, wood floors need specific cleaning products or else they could be damaged. You should look up instructions online or check in any manuals the owners left to help protect the lifespan of your floors
Reach Out to the Professionals
Sometimes, life makes us too busy to take care of this project before moving day. If that’s the case, try to unload the boxes, furniture, etc. into one area, such as the garage. This allows you to clean each room inside without having to leave stuff on the moving truck. You could also rely on short-term storage to keep your belongings safe while restoring the house.
Another option is to call in the professionals. There are cleaning crews specializing in this type of project that can be a real time-saver, especially if the house is in sad shape. You could also depend on a trusty team of local movers to handle the logistics of your move as well as the heavy lifting. This frees you up to focus more on preparing for all of life’s recent changes, such as the new job you moved for or changing schools for the kids.
Whichever path you choose, the goal is the same: to give yourself the best start possible in a clean and healthy home of your own!
Author bio: Stan Caramalac is the founder and CEO of Move Central. He started the company because he truly believed that moving could be simple as long as it was done efficiently. He strives to help people make their moves smoother and less stressful. Caramalac and his team proudly serve San Diego, Orange County, Los Angeles and the Bay Area.