Moving into your new home can be very exciting. However, in case of renting, don’t forget that the house was previously occupied and was in constant use. And in case of a new house, you must remember that a lot of harsh chemicals and paints were recently used to build it. Thus, whether you are moving into a new house or renting a new apartment, one thing that you must consider is move in cleaning.
Move in cleaning can be tricky as a lot depends upon when your lease starts, when your boxes and other stuff is getting delivered etc. If you have a few days before your stuff gets delivered at the new place, take out some time to visit the new place and do some overall cleaning. Check if the switch board is working and all the sockets are in place. Also, make a point to check out all the electrical appliances, and faucets before you move in (check for potential faucet leaks). If you find something amiss, you can get your landlord or a plumber to fix everything before the official move in. Take advantage of the empty space and follow our moving in cleaning checklist to have yourself a tidy home.
We understand that cleaning a new household space can be stressful. So, ease up your anxiety and lower down your stress level, we have come up with a list of things that you need to do before moving into your new home.
Before Move in Cleaning Checklist:
- Hose down the porch and patio
- Switch on the sprinklers to give the backyard a little spruce up
- Vacuum and steam clean the carpets
- Scrub away all the stains that you might come across
- Wipe down the kitchen counter tops
- Disinfect the toilet and bathtubs
- Clean the sinks
- Check the heating and air conditioning vents
- Clean and disinfect the refrigerator and freezer
- Clean the oven and microwave
- Open the windows to allow fresh air in
Once you have cleaned the basics, you can start moving in your stuff. The detailed cleaning can only start once you have organized your new space a little. Don’t rush with the detailed cleaning. Take it one room at a time or even one corner/nook at a time. Once you pick a room for the day, visualize on how you plan to organize and decorate it and go from there.
After Move in Cleaning Checklist:
- Start from the top – Start cleaning each room by going from top-down. If you clean the ceiling fan and corners after you clean the floors, you’ll end up cleaning the floors twice because of all the dust and dirt that will fall from above. So, start by cleaning the ceiling fans, corners, air vents, chandeliers and crown moldings. While you are at it, run a soft brush across the ceiling to catch any cobwebs that might have established during your absence. After the ceiling, move on to cleaning the walls, the window ledges, window screens, the blinds and finally the floors.
- Work toward the door – Start cleaning the space farthest away from the doors and working gradually towards them. This is an important strategy to keep in mind, unless you want to clean your floors twice.
- Deep clean the closets – Once you fill your closets with the endless stretches of your clothes, accessories and other stuff, it’s highly unlikely that you will ever take them all out just to clean the closet shelves and corners. So, deep clean the closet’s corners, lining shelves, and hanging rods. It’s always better to clean it all once than wondering later if something dirty was in there.
- Clean the appliances – Clean the dishwasher by running a couple of empty cycles on hot water. Remove all the shelves of the fridge and give it a nice scrub with an all-purpose cleaner. Also, make sure to de-grease the oven before using it for cooking.
- Replace the toilet seat – A toilet seat is probably the dirtiest seat in your entire house, and you end up sitting a lot on it. So, make sure to change the toilet seat once you move into your new home. Give your toilet a fresh start.
- Mop the floors – Use a steam mop to clean hardwoods and tiles to make the floors shine. You can also rent carpet cleaners to give your carpets a thorough clean.
- Disinfect the knobs – From the light switches to door knobs, all of it has been touched hundreds of times by the previous tenants. Thus, cleaning and disinfecting the door knobs, locks, light switches, etc. should be on your to-do list once you have moved in.
- Clean the kitchen – Kitchen and bathroom are the places where you need to put in more efforts for cleaning, for obvious reasons. Bathroom requires extra effort because it’s just gross to not clean it after it has been in use for a long time by strangers. And kitchen requires extra effort because you would want to eat healthy and get rid of any cooking smells that the former tenants might have left behind. Kitchen counter-tops might also have some stains and sticky things that you need to get rid of to give a fresh start to your kitchen and family. Use a mild soap or a wood cleaner to clean the wood surface.
- Check the garage – If you have a garage, make sure to check all nooks and corners for any surprise stuff left behind by the previous occupants. Give your new garage an overall clean by hosing it down by a water pipe.
No time to clean?
If you believe you don’t have the best cleaning skills, lack the time to do a thorough clean-up, or just need an extra set of hands, you can find someone to help you with all your cleaning tasks. There are many online websites and apps where you can find a one-time or on-call cleaners and housekeepers. Adam Helps, Kijiji or Bunz are just a few of the many digital platforms where you can find someone to help you out with your house chores and errands. So, hop online and post a job to hire a cleaner.
Now that you have a clean condo/house, it’s time to make it your home. Bring out your interior decorator and spruce and deck up the space as per your style. Hang up those family portraits, assemble your furniture, spray some air freshener and cozy up in what is now your new home.
P.S.: Don’t forget to recycle those moving boxes.