Cleaning Tips for Moving into a New House
by Bishop's Move, 21 December 2018
A thorough clean is advised when moving home and you should make sure you have a checklist for the bedrooms, bathrooms and kitchen in particular.
With so many tasks to undertake when moving home, cleaning before you move out is always last on the list for many. This is why its often necessary to plan for a thorough clean on your new home before you fully settle in. You should make time to clean your house before you get all of your belongings moved in as this will make it much easier. It can be an idea to move belongings into self storage while you are waiting to move, as this gives you time to clean and settle in properly. We have put together an ultimate guide with some top cleaning tips for moving into a new house.
Where do I start cleaning a new home?
It can often be confusing knowing where to start cleaning, but before you do you will need to do some prep to make sure your home is in order. This involves making sure that you check for any surface damage to walls of fixtures in your new home. Repairing these before you move out will make it much easier to move things in and clean your home. We have put together a list of things you should do before you start cleaning;
- Check for any loose nails, screws or hooks sticking out of your walls or fixings and remove
- Test all light switches and sockets to make sure that they work
- Dust each room to get rid of any dirt and dust, focus on corners, windows and doors
Cleaning the Bathroom
This is one of the areas that will likely need a good clean before you move in but you might not know where to start with the clean. You should make sure that everything gets a good clean and prepare for some touch-up work so you don’t have to do it at a later date. We have put together a checklist for cleaning the bathroom that should help you get the job done;
- Clean any extractor fans first as these can contain a lot of dust and cause a mess
- Apply a grout cleaner early and give this time to soak in
- Next, you should give the walls, doors and fixtures a good clean using an all-purpose cleaner
- Scrub the bath to make sure you get rid of any dirt
- Clean the toilet using a specialised cleaner, make sure you clean the base too
- Vacuum the floor to get rid of any loose dirt and dust before mopping
Kitchen Cleaning Checklist
Another area of the house that might’ve been neglected is the Kitchen, so you should make sure you have time for kitchen cleaning. There are plenty of things in the kitchen that are likely to have not been cleaned in a while and will need some attention. Our kitchen cleaning checklist includes everything you should consider when cleaning;
- The oven will more than likely have been neglected, so give this a thorough clean
- If your new home came with any appliances included, then you should give these a through clean inside and out
- This includes, fridges, microwaves, freezers and any other appliances
- If you are bringing your own appliances, give these a clean too before you turn them on
- Make sure to scrub countertops to ensure they are clean and free from germs
- Lastly vacuum and mop the floors to remove any loose dirt
One of the last areas of your new home that you should make sure you clean is the bedrooms to make sure they’re ready to move into. This shouldn’t usually require as much cleaning as the other areas but you should give them a clean before moving your belongings in. Follow our checklist for cleaning bedrooms;
- Dust the bedroom over to remove any dirt, paying attention to window sills and doors
- If there is built in furniture make sure you give the shelves inside a good clean
- Make sure you give the windows a clean as these will likely have been missed
- Finish by giving the floors a good clean
There are also a few last bits that you should think about before you start moving your belongings into the new home. If you have any carpets in your house, then now is the perfect time to give them a good deep clean so that you don’t have to do this later. The carpets are more than likely to have not been cleaned for a while so give these some attention. Although not essential, cleaning outdoors can also really complete your clean ready to move in. Give the outdoor windows a clean, or find a local window cleaner to do it for you.
And now you should be ready to move into your new home. Cleaning your home first is essential to making sure that you move into your home feeling happy. Moving into a dirty home and having to do the cleaning at a later date can take away the excitement of moving in. Doing this first is always ideal.