How to Clean Your New Home Before Moving In

By · March 9 2021
How to Clean Your New Home Before Moving In

We all know how hectic things can be during a home moving process that sometimes leads some to forget a couple of things. But there are things that are simply essential and you shouldn’t forget. One of them is deep cleaning your new home before you move in. Whether you are moving to a newly-built house or a house with previous occupants, you want to make sure it’s thoroughly cleaned. While you can always clean your new home after moving in, doing it before your home movers deliver your belongings to your new home will make the task easier since you won’t have to work around furniture and appliances, so there's no need for the extra effort of having to move things around your home when cleaning.

If you want to take the easy road of cleaning your home before your home movers arrive to unload your belongings, then that’s great. Read below to get some idea of how you can get this task started.

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Start from top to low

Dust settles everywhere, floors, top of the cabinet, ceiling fan, lighting fixtures. Those features close to the ceiling will spread dust and dirt to everything below them once you start scrubbing or wiping those surface, so better start from there.

Clean the bathroom

One of the most important parts of the house that needs a deep cleaning, is the bathroom. This doesn’t just need to be spotless, you will need to disinfect this area. To start, clean first the extractor fan as it may have accumulated a lot of dust. Then wipe the walls, doors and fixtures with some all-purpose cleaner. Scrub down the toilet with a toilet brush and use a sponge to clean its sides and base. Use some disinfectant spray after so you get rid of any remaining germs.

Don’t forget the kitchen

If your new home came with pre-installed kitchen appliances, then it’s good to give it a thorough cleaning to make sure the food you will store and prepare there will not be contaminated. 


You should vacuum the back of the fridge to get rid of dust it accumulated. Wipe the inside with hot water mixed with a small amount of soap. To rinse off the soap, wipe it with some clean water right after. If you are hesitant about using soap for cleaning your fridge, you can use a mixture of 1 part baking soda and 7 parts water.


Remove the oven rack then spray oven cleaner inside your oven and let it sit for 20 to 30 minutes. Spray your oven rack with some cleaner too and let it sit. After the appropriate time had passed, wiped your oven and the racks with a damp cloth. Microfiber sponge or other abrasive tools can be used to remove stubborn grimes.

Cabinets and countertops

Wipe cabinets and countertops with a cloth to remove dust and then use an all-purpose cleaner to make sure it’s squeaky clean.


To remove stains, make a cleaning paste out of vinegar and baking soda then scrub it to the stained surface using steel wool. 

Tackle the rest of the space

Don't forget to clean other areas of your house such as the top of your doors, windows and frames, light switches and closets. You can use a vacuum for some of those areas then finish up by wiping the surface using a damp cloth with some all-purpose cleaner.

Finish with cleaning the floors

The floors take a lot of damage, and also all sorts of dirt so it’s important to have this thoroughly cleaned.  Dust, pet furs or even pet urine that leaves a persistent smell should be eliminated. If your new home has a wood tile, use a vacuum to remove dirt from the corners and then sweep all remaining dirt. After vacuuming and sweeping, mop the floor and use a product that is gentle to the wood tile. 

If your floor is carpeted, it's best to steam clean it. Buy a steam cleaner if you can, or you can also rent one. Or if you want, you can call in professional help to ensure that your carpet is thoroughly cleaned.

We hope that these tips will help you get your new home clean, safe and ready for you and your family to move in. Don’t forget as well to disinfect your home after home movers have unloaded your items. 

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