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For you and your family, moving into a new house can be like a new beginning. That's why you should give your new home a thorough cleaning before placing heavy furniture in place and unloading all of your stuff. Even if the previous owners cleaned it before you moved in, cleaning a new house or apartment yourself may help it feel more like home. During the cleaning process, you will become more accustomed to your new surroundings and spot things that need to be repaired or replaced more quickly. To help you with this, we compiled a list of tips for cleaning your new home before moving in. Happy scrubbing!

Why You Should Be Cleaning Your New Home Before Moving In

There's a good likelihood that someone else has lived in your new apartment or house before you. Furthermore, even if it wasn't on purpose, the last residents most likely left some filth, dust, and grime behind. That's why, unless the house is brand new, you should definitely do a thorough cleaning while it's still vacant. Don't worry if you don't have time to clean it yourself before relocating. You can always reach out to experts to have them do the job better than you ever could.

Tip #1: Get The Necessary Tools

Before you get started on cleaning your new home, you'll need a few things. For example, if you're cleaning everything from tiles to upholstery all by yourself, you will need items like sponges, gloves, cloths, wipes, buckets, a broom, vacuum cleaners, mops, and some garbage bags. You also shouldn't forget about all the detergents and different cleaning solutions.

Tip #2: Start From The Top

When you're cleaning your new home before moving in, the best tip we can give is to start from the top and then work your way down. This makes the most sense because at the top is where the dust gathers the most. Moreover, if you don't start from the top, you'll have to clean the floor twice since it will be filthy after finishing the top half.

So, start by cleaning the cobwebs, light fixtures, vents, and ceiling fans. If you can't reach something, use the telescoping wand of your vacuum to get to that place.

Tip #3: Clean The Windows

The windows are the next item on the list to clean in your new house before you move in. To clean the window blinds the right way, you should first vacuum them to remove any dust and then wipe them down with a damp cloth. Then, you should use a window cleaner on the glass and an all-purpose cleaner on the window sills. Furthermore, you can remove any mold around the window frame with a bleach cleaner. Alternatively, you can use an old toothbrush or a rough sponge bathed in a solution of part chlorine bleach and part water to scrape the mold away. To prevent spores from spreading, wrap the brush in a plastic bag and throw it away after removing the mold.

Tip #4: Clean The Walls

If you don't intend to repaint the walls very soon, you should, at the very least, clean them thoroughly. First, remove any dust and cobwebs. Then, clean the walls using a soft cloth, mild soap, warm water, or a water/vinegar combination. Vinegar is very effective at eliminating most molds, germs, and smells. While cleaning, pay close attention to the baseboards, moldings, the tops of door frames, and light switches.

At this point in the cleaning process, you can slowly start planning out what you want your future home to look like before you move to the furniture. Try imagining your furniture and other belongings in this space. Bring a ruler with you to get a clearer idea of what can fit inside your new home if it's easier. This can be helpful for multiple reasons, but you also might figure out you need some extra space to keep some of your excess belongings. This could be a garage or a storage unit. To figure out which of the two options works best for you and find the right place, make sure to explore their pros and cons.

Tip #5: Disinfect The Kitchen

After you're done with the walls, the next step in your cleaning process should be your kitchen. Since the kitchen is where you'll be preparing most of your meals, you must clean it properly. Don't be too lazy to clean behind and beneath your appliances. Those are the places where most of the dust and filth will be gathered. After that, it's time to clean all of the appliances themselves. You should take particular care with the refrigerator. Remove and clean the shelves, drawers, and the refrigerator's interior. Once that's done, wipe clean the cabinets and counters.

Tip #6: Scrub The Bathroom

You'll need to get into those hard-to-reach spots if you want to clean your new bathroom thoroughly. It may not be pleasant, but cleaning beneath the sink and behind the toilet is something you'll have to get out of the way. After that, you can do everything else as you usually would while cleaning your bathroom. However, take a few minutes longer when scrubbing and wiping to get the best results.

Tip #7: Finish With The Floors

After you've done everything else, the last thing on your list is to clean the floors of your new home. First, sweep up the floors and use a vacuum to make sure you've collected all the dust. While vacuuming, pay special attention to the corners and edges of the room.

Once you've picked up everything you can with your vacuum, it's time to start mopping. However, while doing that, make sure you're using the right products that won't damage the flooring and that you're not soaking the floors too much. Both of these are very common floor cleaning mistakes you should avoid.

Bring In Your Furniture

It's advisable to clean before moving in all your furniture so you can reach every possible inch of your new house. After that, hire moving labor to assist you in transferring your belongings into your new home. They'll transport your big stuff with ease. The best thing about it? They'll help with heavy lifting so that you don't have to do it on your own. Even if you believe your friends and family can assist you in moving heavy furniture, it's preferable to leave it to the pros to avoid any damage or injury.

In Conclusion

Cleaning your new home before moving in is the best way to ensure you can sit back and relax after you're done unpacking. If you do all the hard work in the days before the move after you unpack, all that will be left is to do some light wiping and vacuuming, and you'll be grand.