5 Tips for Cleaning Your New Home Before Moving In

by Editor on September 25, 2013

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When you started out your quest to find the perfect house and you did your first inspection, there’s a pretty good chance that you were only paying attention to things like how big the yard was, how many bedrooms and bathrooms it had and if the appliances were fairly modern. Now that you’re about to move in though, we’re willing to bet that you’re going to be a bit more thorough when it comes to making sure that it’s clean enough for you and your family (and pets) to move into.

That’s why we wanted to take out a moment to provide you with a few tips on what you should clean before officially moving into your home so that everyone can feel comfortable, even from the very first night.

Mop the floors and steam-clean the carpets. Although it would be nice to believe that the people who previously owned the house made sure that the floors were thoroughly mopped and the carpets were professionally cleaned, this isn’t something that you should assume. And being that you’re probably not going to spend your entire time with shoes or socks on, you can probably see why this is the first thing to check off of your list.

Clean the appliances. You’re going to be spending a lot of time using the refrigerator, stove, dishwasher and even the washer and dryer (if the house came with a set). So, it’s imperative that you make sure to clean them. You can start by running a bit of bleach through the rinse cycle of your dishwasher and washer to sterilize them. However, if you would prefer to take a more organic approach, vinegar is pretty effective in cleaning all appliances.

Wipe down your ceiling fans. If you happened to get a home that came with a few ceiling fans, that’s a definitely plus because not only do they add a subtle beauty to the various rooms of a house, but they can also keep air circulating while helping to reduce energy costs too. Just make sure that you take a damp rag and wipe them down. The top of their blades tend to collect quite a bit of dust and debris which can wreak havoc on anyone in your family who may have allergies.

Wash the windows. Say that you’re about to move into a new house and the real estate agent tells you that the previous owners did an end of tenancy cleaning in London but you notice that the windows have some cobwebs or fingerprints on them. Being that windows are something that you can see from the inside as well as the outside, we’re pretty sure you get why we put “washing the windows” on the list too.

Don’t forget about the cabinets and closets. And finally, being that things like dishes and linen are going to go into your cabinets and closets, don’t forget to make sure to wipe them down as well. While there are many commercial products on the market that you can buy, if you’d like to make your own homemade formula, all you need to do is mix one part vegetable oil with two parts of baking soda. It’s as safe and effective paste for removing any gunk that you might find. Once you’ve applied it and rub the surfaces, then wipe off with warm water. It will then be clean enough for anything that you put inside of it. Happy Cleaning!

photo by: Martin Pulaski

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