Find out how to clean your new home effectively before you move in and start a fresh, with easy tips and tricks to get you started.
Even if a house is a new build, you will likely want to clean it before you move in. It is a way to feel like it is your house, and like it is hygienic and fresh for your family. If you're moving house and want to ensure your new home is clean before you move in, take a look at these simple and easy tips:
First Things First
Before you start, you need to be properly prepared. Don't assume there will be any cleaning products at the new property. You will need to equip yourself with everything you will need to clean, including:
- Anti-bacterial multi-surface spray
- Toilet cleaner
- Window cleaner
- Sponges, scourers, towels, kitchen roll and wet wipes
- Black bags
- Oven cleaner
- A kettle, milk, a mug, coffee, tea and biscuits for a much earned break!
You may also want to bring boxes in case there is clutter in the house that needs removing and sorting through. You can just pop it in a box and put it in a cheap self storage unit or your garage until you are able to sift through it.
How to Clean Different Rooms
You will likely have the biggest job cleaning the kitchen because it is where things get grimy and gross. Start by cleaning out the oven and fridge and giving any white goods like the dishwasher and washing machine an empty run with detergent to freshen them up. You can then clean the walls where grease may have accumulated, and eventually the flooring.
The bathroom will hopefully be easy to clean because it won't contain any furniture or clutter. Remember to get deep into any nooks and crannies and to address any mold and mildew that may have accumulated. If it won't scrub off, you may want to re-grout and seal the bath or shower, and maybe even give the room a lick of paint. These signs of excess moisture should also be taken note of as it shows that you need more ventilation in that room.
If the bedrooms have curtains you are keeping, you will want to wash them as they can accumulate dust, pet hair and grime from previous owners. If you do not want them, and they are no use to charity, consider donating them to a local dogs home where they will be useful.
The rest of the room should just need flooring cleaning so shouldn't be too big a task.
Halls and Living Areas
The living areas and hallways should all be fairly easy to clean, but do pay special attention to the flooring type. Carpet, wooden floors, tiling and laminate may all require special care so check the details before applying anything more than a brush or a hoover.
Pay Attention to Everywhere Else
This will be the only time, apart from when you move, that you have access to the whole house top to bottom, to clean it. All your furniture is in a cheap self storage unit , or at your old home, so you have access to each and every corner of your new house. Clean it deeply, taking the opportunity to do jobs that are laborious when furniture is in the home, like shampooing carpets, and you'll have a fresh and hygienic new house to move into. There's nothing quite as nice and representative of a new beginning, as a fresh, tidy and clean house.