Moving to a new home can be exciting and stressful at the same time. The process of looking for a new home, packing, buying, getting a mortgage, and the move itself can be a challenge. Most people would like to just move into their new house and settle in right away. But the moving-in process can take weeks before you begin to start settling in.
When you move into your new home, you should never overlook the cleaning part. Especially if the house you bought isn’t newly built. Most of the previous owners will have done the cleaning before selling the house. But you shouldn’t be too confident, especially at a time like this with a global pandemic going on.
The first thing any person should do before unpacking is clean the house, especially in these areas:
If the house or apartment comes with a fridge; and if you’ve got some perishable food with you that needs to be placed into the fridge as soon as possible. Make sure to clean the fridge first. You want to clean the kitchen first because this is where you’ll be preparing food. And although it’s okay to sleep in a somewhat dusty bedroom. Eating and preparing food in a possibly dirty kitchen is never a good idea. You don’t have to clean the floor right away (unless it’s really dirty). But do clean the kitchen counters, drawers, cupboards, and handles.
No one likes to use a dirty bathroom. Here’s a tip: Always clean the kitchen first before the bathroom. Never vice-versa. It’s pretty common-sense to understand why. The bathroom is something you leave no exception for. It may look clean on the surface, but germs and bacteria can rarely be seen with the naked eye. Wiping the bathroom down is not enough.
Be sure to scrub everything, sink, shower, tub, floors, walls, and toilet. If there is a toilet seat, you should replace that too. Millions of bacteria could be lingering in that bathroom of yours. So, after scrubbing, you should spray everything with some disinfectant. Don’t forget to clean out the vent.
3. Light fixtures or ceiling fans
Dust every light fixture and ceiling fan. You should always keep in mind when cleaning the house, you should always start from top to bottom. That goes for any area in the house, kitchen, bathroom, bedroom, dining room, or living room.
4. Windows and handrails
Simply wipe down the windows and handrails. If you notice any cracks or serious damages to your windows, you should consider getting it replaced. Windows can affect the insulation of your home.
5. Walls and light switches
Walls get dirty easily. If the paint is still good, you can do it with a little dusting, scrubbing, or wiping. But if the paint looks damaged or if there are any serious stains you could just give it a fresh coat of paint.
As mentioned before, top to bottom. So, it makes sense to do the floors last. Sweep, vacuum, and mop your floors. Make sure to check that the cleaning products you use are okay for your kind of floor. Cleaning products with ammonia will damage a wooden floor, as will Windex. And don’t mop wooden floors with super wet mops. Make sure to ring your mops till it’s damp before mopping a wooden floor. Always do your research before picking out products.
7. Outside of the house
Once you’ve finished cleaning up the inside of the house, you can then move on to the outside of the house. One important part of the house you should consider getting cleaned is the roof. People often forget to check on the roof. But this is one of the most important parts of your home. If it rains often in your area, you definitely will want to get a roof cleaning company to clean it. Doing so will help get rid of any debris or moss that could do damage to your roof. This can cause leaks or compromise your drainage system. Having a roof repaired will cost you much more than getting it cleaned.
If your home has a garage, make sure to clean that too. Simply dusting it and sweeping the area can make it look better
Even if the previous owners were kind enough to clean up the place for you. Still try to do a proper deep cleaning by yourself. You can never be too sure. Besides, you’ll feel much more at home once you’ve cleaned the house yourself