Found your new home? That’s great! Moving house is an exciting new adventure. While you are preparing for the big move, there are a number of things you’ll need to take into consideration. It’s easy to get caught up in the excitement of moving, and you may be most focused on packing up your belongings and arranging a moving company.
Your new house may have looked nice and clean when you viewed it, but there’s a good chance that it may not be in the same condition when it comes time to move in. To get your house up to scratch and make it truly feel like your own, take the opportunity to give your house a thorough clean, before you move your belongings in.
Here’s a few tips to help you get your house shiny and clean before you move in:
Start With the Bathroom
One way to quickly freshen up the bathroom is by replacing the toilet seat and cover if possible. This is an inexpensive way to sanitise the toilet and make it feel like new for you and your family. Use a good disinfectant or bleach to clean inside the toilet, to remove germs. Make sure you also clean around the base of the toilet and the tank, which is where dust can collect.
You’ll also want to give the cabinets a good wipe down (inside and out) while they’re empty. For any stubborn stains, a baking soda and water mix can help.
Give the sink a good scrub down to remove any soap scum that has built up, and clean the taps. Likewise, spend a decent amount of time scouring the shower and/or bathtub with an appropriate cleaning product, to remove soap scum and grime. Don’t forget to clean the walls and shower head or tap fittings too.
Lastly, wash the floor with a disinfecting floor cleaner, to leave it sparkling clean.
A Clean Kitchen Before your Move
The kitchen is another area that you’ll want to thoroughly clean to ensure it is hygienic.
Source a good quality oven cleaner and scrub down the inside of the oven walls and the glass door. Alternatively, use baking soda and vinegar to remove grease. Take out the metal racks and scrub these down in a sink of soapy, warm water. Tip: use a scouring pad to remove any stubborn grime.
Using a damp, hot cloth and a bit of cleaning spray, wipe inside of all the cupboards and drawers (these are likely to have been forgotten by the previous owner!) to get rid of any stains and remove crumbs or debris that have built up. Also, spray and wipe down the kitchen benches. With a little elbow grease (and some cleaning products), you’ll soon be able to eat off them!
Finally, complete the kitchen clean by mopping the floor with a disinfectant.
The Rest of Your New Home
Once the bathroom and kitchen are clean as a whistle, work your way through the rest of the house – from bottom to top.
Go through each room and dust any light fittings/fixtures, as well as ceiling fans, blinds and curtain rails. Give cupboards and wardrobes a wipe down on the inside (eg. along the shelves), and dust on top.
You might also want to clean the walls. Either give them a dust, or if they look a bit on the dirty side, wipe down with a soft, damp cloth to remove any marks. Be gentle as you don’t want to remove any paint! Be sure to also examine the ceilings, and if there’s any mould or mildew, pick up a special removal product to scrub this off.
Another way to freshen up the house is by disinfecting any key touchpoints, such as doorknobs and cupboard handles. These are areas that come into contact with people regularly, and so are a prime spot for germs and bacteria.
Finally, one excellent way to really make your house feel as good as new is to clean the carpets. Vacuuming is a good start, and also allows you to remove unwanted dust from along skirting boards and hard to reach places – such as in the corner of ceilings, where you may find dust and cobwebs. Or go one step further and hire a steam cleaner to give the carpets a new lease of life.
Open your house up and get some fresh air.