Cleaning before moving into a new home is essential to making it feel fresh and ready for you and your family. Here are some tips for pre-cleaning that you may have overlooked.

Don’t pack your cleaning supplies

Make sure you keep a crate filled with all your cleaning tools and supplies so that you do not have to unpack them in order to use them in your new home. This saves a lot of time and hassle for everyone and makes the cleaning job that much easier.

Start with the bathroom

This is the room that is going to be needed the soonest, making it the most logical place to start. The previous residents will (hopefully) have cleaned before leaving but for peace of mind and general hygiene some more bleach couldn’t hurt.

Scrub everything and everywhere. Don’t forget behind the toilet, the shower and inside the cabinets. You should also replace the shower curtain and the toilet seat cover for hygienic purposes.

Wash the floors

This may seem obvious but this is the only time your home will have nothing in it so now is your chance. Give it more than a simple once over with a mop. Now is the last time for probably quite some time you can give your floors the TLC they need.

For tile floors, first sweep or vacuum away any dust that is present. Don’t skip this step, it will make the next much easier. Second, get warm water and a mop, a scrub brush, an old toothbrush and a little bit of elbow grease. It is best to get on your hands and knees so that you can clean all corners and crevices with the scrub brush after an initial mopping. Now use the toothbrush to get rid of anything that has remained on the grout in between the tiles.

Clean all cupboards and cabinets

This is often overlooked by previous residents when they clean their home before your arrival. You want these to be clean seeing as you will be unpacking your clothes and other belongings into them. Even if they are just a bit dusty, give it a deep clean because it will be years before they are empty again.

Be sure to give all door handles a good, disinfecting wash, whether they be room doors or cabinet doors.

Prepping your new home to make room for your family can be a cathartic process which allows you to fully appreciate the fact that you are the owner of a beautiful new home. Read more on prepping for a new home with a checklist to follow before you sign anything.