What to Clean Before Moving In
Your dream home probably looked immaculate when you inspected it last, but things aren’t quite as spotless come moving day. It’s natural for sellers to present their homes in the best possible light to potential buyers – standards which might not be upheld after the sale has closed.
Roughly translated, you’re most likely in for more than a few grubby surprises when you move in. This is why that it can be useful to have a strategic plan of attack. Give your new home a good once-over before moving in and you’ll find it so much easier to keep it clean and tidy thereafter.
Here are a few tips from the experts on what to clean before moving into your new home:
1. Examine above head height Right off the bat, you’ll want to focus on the areas of your new home its previous occupants may have overlooked. Or for that matter, deliberately ignored. A surprising proportion of people don’t generally clean above eye-level – even when their properties are on the market. Cleaning up high before cleaning down low is the way to go, focusing on chandeliers, lampshades, high corners and so on.
2. Assessing the appliances Unfortunately, appliances don’t clean themselves. Not only this, but there’s a good chance you won’t have intensively inspected the appliances about the place, when checking out the property pre-sale. You could find that the oven, the dishwasher, the washing machine and so on are in need of TLC. It doesn’t have to be an enormously intensive job, but it is best tackled before you move in while there’s plenty of room for manoeuvre.
3. Sanitize the kitchen Even if the kitchen (and the appliances therein) look relatively clean, they could still be harbouring vast quantities of bacteria. Grab yourself a powerful eco friendly kitchen spray and get to work on the countertops, the cupboard door, the refrigerator and so on. Consider defrosting the freezer and giving the whole thing plenty of time to dry, before plugging it back in again.
4. Soft furnishings; You might also want to check the cleanliness of any soft furnishings that have been left about the place, which you intend to keep. Carpets, rugs, cushion covers and so on – most of which are unlikely to have been cleaned by the former occupants before their departure, with thanks to our friends at Cardiff Carpet Cleaning.
5. Blitz the bathrooms Chances are, you won’t feel at home until you’re 100% comfortable in your new bathrooms. As a result, you’ll need to go nuclear on the toilet, the tub, the tiles, the taps and everywhere else you see fit. As they say, better safe than sorry!
6. Clean the carpets and floors After you’ve taken care of everything else, it’s time to give those carpets and floors a proper clean. Particularly if the previous owners had pets, you’ve no idea what might be lurking in that luxurious deep-pile carpet. Always assume the worst, arming yourself with a commercial quality carpet cleaner (which you can rent), or by hiring the pros to come in and take care of things on your behalf.