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Cleaning Checklist before Moving into Your New Home

Cleaning Checklist before Moving into Your New Home

When you are moving into a new home, before you move in you have a rare opportunity to do a thorough cleaning of your home before all the furniture gets there. Not having to clean around all the furniture and your things everywhere allows you the one opportunity to clean without obstructions in the way. Moving is a big job, of course, and cleaning before moving in does add a big project, but it will be well worth it when you can enjoy your clean new home. Each room should be included in your checklist. This list should help you get your home cleaned up in orderly fashion.

Planning Ahead a Schedule for Cleaning Your New Home Prior to Move-in Day

Be sure to get all the cleaning supplies you need so that when it is time to clean, you don’t have to be distracted or interrupted because you need to go to the store for cleaning supplies. Along with your list of cleaning supplies, include rubber gloves, trash bags, brushes, sponges, etc. Popular cleaning tips say to do the dry cleaning first and then do wet cleaning. Also, start from the top and move to the bottom. Looking for other cleaning tips? Look up cleaning hacks ahead of time and see if you can learn some short cuts. When making your cleaning checklist include appliances; some appliances might take just as long to clean as an entire room. Wondering where to start? Begin with the room that you are dreading to clean. Once that is over, you will feel a sense of accomplishment and that won’t be hanging over your head the entire time.

Cleaning Kitchen Appliances in Your New Home

Clean Fridge

Clean Refrigerator Photo Credit: Pinterest

Clean Oven

Clean Oven Photo Credit: Pinterest

The kitchen appliances are part of the kitchen, but for our cleaning purposes, we list them separately because they can be a big cleaning project on their own.

  • Refrigerator: while the refrigerator is empty, pull it out and clean behind it and the sides. Then clean each shelf, the walls, the drawers, and under the drawers.
  • Oven: self-cleaning ovens can help you achieve success with this task. Make sure to use the right oven cleaner recommended for the brand oven you have.
  • Microwave Oven: Squeeze a lemon into a microwave-safe container and then put the rinds into the water. Microwave for 3 minutes or until water boils. Leave the door shut for 5 minutes. Then open your microwave, remove the container and wipe the oven clean. This is an all-natural way to clean the microwave.

Cleaning the Kitchen in Your New Home

Clean Kitchen

Clean Kitchen Photo Credit: Pinterest

The kitchen counters and cabinets all need a good cleaning. Make sure to get inside the drawers and in all of the cabinets. Disinfect the knobs and pulls. Use disinfectant on all surfaces and the sink. Wipe down the pantry shelves. Move all the appliances out and clean in between them and behind them. This will give your kitchen a fresh start before you move into your new home. Lastly, sweep and then mop the floor in the kitchen.

Cleaning the Bathroom in Your New Home

Clean Bathroom

Clean Bathroom Photo Credit: Pinterest

The bathroom is another place you will want to disinfect everything including the toilet, sink, countertops, and shower or bath. Dust the vents and the bathroom fan. Wipe down all the cabinets, shelves, and drawers. Thoroughly clean the toilet and add bleach cleaner in the tank to keep it clean and fresh. Disinfect the knobs for all the drawers and cabinet doors. Clean the shower head. Lastly, sweep and mop the floor.

Cleaning the Living Spaces in Your New Home


Cleaning Your New Home Photo Credit: Pinterest

Each room in your new home will need to be clean and might need special attention depending on your layout or the condition it is in. Here are some ideas to start: dust the walls and corners, dust the vents and ceiling fans, dust and wash all light fixtures. Then wash blinds or window coverings, wipe down the windows, door moldings, and doors. Clean the baseboards throughout the house. Disinfect all door handles and stair railing. Then vacuum and/or mop all the floors. If you have tile, clean the grout and then have it sealed.

Cleaning the Laundry Room in Your New Home

Clean Laundry Room

Cleaning Your Laundry Room Photo Credit: Pinterest

Even though the laundry room is a place for cleaning, it sure can get dirty. One of the main culprits is lint from the drier. Depending on the type of washer and drier, there are ways to clean them out well. Refer to the user manual for your specific brand of washer and drier. Use a vacuum to get the lint out of the drier. Dust the vents and fans and wash light fixtures. Wipe down all the cabinets, counters, and clean the shelves. Clean out and wipe down the drawers. Disinfect all knobs and handles. Wipe down the washer and the drier. Lastly, sweep and mop the floor.

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