Moving in cleaning checklist: How to clean a new home before you move in

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When you’re moving into a new home, one of the very first things you need to do is give the entire house or apartment a thorough clean – for your comfort and for your peace of mind.

Of course, it’s best to complete this moving in cleaning task before your household items arrive so that the endless piles of cardboard boxes won’t get in your way.

To clean your new house or apartment before you move in, you’re going to need to follow a good moving in cleaning checklist. As an added bonus, such a move in cleaning checklist will enable you to finish that not-so-exciting chore much faster and easier than you ever expected.

Warning: Make sure you wear protective rubber gloves when handling cleaning products.

Here are the room-by-room tips for cleaning your home before you move in:

The bathroom

The bathroom will be the room you will need most urgently while you’re moving in, right after your movers depart. You’ll desperately want to take a refreshing shower or a relaxing bath when Moving day is almost over, so roll up your sleeves and get down to work.

  • Clean the exhaust fans first because they can be rather dusty.
  • Replace the toilet seat and cover. It’s not worth the time and efforts to clean thoroughly the seat and cover of your toilet when you can replace them with brand new ones that are perfectly clean and fairly inexpensive as well.
  • Use a specialized cleaner to scrub the bathroom shower or tub.
  • Remove the old shower curtains, if still there, and hang yours in their place. This way, you won’t have to worry about how clean (understand how dirty) the old shower curtains may be.
  • Don’t forget to clean up the areas that are often neglected during the house cleaning process – the inside and outside of the medicine cabinet, the tiny area behind the toilet bowl, and the zone in the shower recess.
  • Take a closer look at the sink faucets, and if they happen to be too dirty or too worn out, then do consider replacing them with new ones.
  • Scrub all surfaces and bathroom fixtures – walls, doors, towel racks and light fixtures using an all-purpose cleaner to ensure a cleaner and fresher look of the entire bathroom.
  • Wipe the bathroom mirror clean using a glass cleaning product.
  • Finally, vacuum the bathroom floor to remove any accumulated filth and dust, then mop it until it shines.

The bedroom

The new house cleaning checklist takes you to the bedroom – the very room you will desperately need to use right after you’ve taken a bath or a shower in the bathroom. The thing is, after surviving the most stressful and exhausting day of your house move, you’ll want to set up your bed and have a rest or simply go to sleep if it’s already late in the evening.

  • Use a glass cleaning product to clean the windows, if necessary.
  • Dust all light fixtures and furniture like beds, cabinets, dressers, shelves, and nightstands.
  • Use a disinfectant spray to clean all furniture pieces, especially the bed.
  • Wipe the bedroom door and disinfect the doorknob. Also, pay special attention to the light switches.
  • Use a vacuum cleaner to remove any debris off the carpeted floor, then mop the entire tiled or wooden bedroom floor, if applicable.

The kitchen

Our moving-in house cleaning checklist continues with the kitchen. Keep in mind that the kitchen in the new home will soon become the hub of your family life, the place where you and your family members will spend quite a lot of time together. Therefore, the new-home kitchen will need to be clean so that everyone feels comfortable and cozy in there.

  • Clean the fridge well unless you’ve decided to move your own refrigerator. Remove all fridge shelves and drawers and soak them in warm soapy water. Clean the inside of the refrigerator with a sponge and a mild cleaning product, then leave the door open to dry out. If there’s still a bad residual smell after that, leave a container with baking soda inside the fridge to neutralize the odor. Consider moving your kitchen appliance so that you can clean the areas behind and below it.
  • Turn your attention to the stove – wipe the stovetop with a disinfectant spray or use a strong grease remover if the top surface looks filthy. If necessary, remove any stove-top parts and clean them separately under running water. Take out the oven tray and clean it thoroughly, then use a sponge to wipe the inside of the oven.
  • Wipe down all kitchen counters, cabinets and drawers with an appropriate disinfectant spray for faster results. Look for grease stains that are particularly hard to remove.
  • Scrub the kitchen sink and faucets to restore their former brilliant shine. Consider replacing the faucets if they are too filthy to be cleaned properly. Pay special attention to the inside of the kitchen sink.
  • Vacuum the kitchen floor, then mop it with a cleaning product suitable for tile or wood flooring.

The rest of your new home

What to clean before moving into your new home? As detailed above, the top 3 rooms to clean when you move into a new house or apartment are the bathroom, the bedroom, and the kitchen. So, after taking care of those three priority rooms in your new home, it’s time to follow a more general moving housecleaning checklist.

  • Dust each room while focusing on windows, window sills, blinds, corners, doors, light fixtures, and of course – furniture.
  • Wipe clean all surfaces that look dirty and stained after you’ve removed the accumulated dust.
  • Disinfect all areas that are regularly used in order to kill off any bacteria and germs, such as light switches, door handles and doorknobs, faucets, windows.
  • Vacuum every single room, including the hallways and corridors.
  • Mop all tiled floors and hardwood floors with specialized cleaners.

See also: How to clean your home before moving out

Expert advice on how to clean a new home before you move in

Don’t forget that as soon as you start unpacking the boxes and arranging the furniture pieces you’ve decided to take with you, some dust and dirt will inevitably be brought into the new home. This is why it’s important to dispose of the packaging materials regularly and properly as you keep unpacking those cardboard boxes. Vacuum all floors after you’re done unpacking and arranging your items.

Additional info: What to do with all the packing material after the move

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