Nice home interior prepared by using a move-in cleaning checklist.
Move-in Cleaning Checklist

The excitement and joy are undeniable for every fresh homeowner when moving to a new place. It’s an opportunity to start anew and organize everything better this time. But, in many cases, the same home had previous owners, and someone probably lived there already. Before bringing all the possessions and settling in, it’s necessary to conduct a thorough cleaning. Whether it’s an apartment or a house, a move-in cleaning checklist is an excellent way to start your cleaning preparations. It will ensure you will cover every corner without overlooking anything. From cleaning to reordering, do everything that will make your new place fresh and bright.

Prepare your new home with a move-in cleaning checklist

Cleaning the whole place will take you some time. That’s why it’s a recommendation to do it before you transport all your belongings and unpack. It will give you more space to maneuver and make the entire cleaning process less exhausting. Of course, there are situations when you don’t have enough time to do it yourself. If that is the case, nothing stops you from hiring a professional cleaning service to complete the job for you. On the other side, if you have the time, it’s helpful to have a move-in cleaning checklist.

To make it easier to complete every single task, ensuring you don’t forget anything, here is the list of tasks you need to cover:

  • General inspection and preparation
  • Kitchen cleaning checklist
  • Cleaning your bathroom
  • Living rooms and bedrooms
  • Consider if something has to be replaced

General inspection and preparation

Relocating to a new place requires you to organize it down to the smallest detail to avoid problems. Obviously, you will have everything packed and ready to move soon. But, before you fill a new place with belongings, you will need to prepare the living space. You will have to inspect everything to see what requires your attention. Brand new homes are not the problem because they are usually empty, waiting for you to furnish them up. But, if it’s a preowned home, you have to check a few things:

  • Carpets are among the first things you will notice. Without exception, they require deep cleaning, especially if previous owners had pets.
  • Proceed with room-by-room inspection to see what else requires immediate attention.
  • Check your kitchen to see in what condition the appliances are. Some might require stronger cleaning supplies before they are ready for use. For example, fridge and oven.
  • After the kitchen, move to the bathroom. This room requires the most attention. You have to deep clean and thoroughly disinfect it.
  • Check the rest of the rooms and besides the list of cleaning supplies, make a list of additional tasks you might have to complete, like minor repairs and adjustments.
  • While inspecting the property, consider that you might want to get rid of some old belongings as well.
  • Finally, when everything is thoroughly inspected, check your floors.

In general, if all of it looks more than you can handle, consider contacting professional cleaners for assistance.

Kitchen cleaning checklist

A kitchen is a place in a house many families use the most. Because you will spend time there preparing and eating food, it has to be immaculate. Also, you will store your groceries there, so it doesn’t have much sense to leave something dirty.

  • First, you need to clean all the cabinets and drawers.
  • With the right supplies, proceed to clean appliances like the oven, stove, fridge, dishwasher, etc. In the end, you will have to disinfect every single one of them.
  • Remember to wipe and clean all the surfaces, countertops, shelves, light switches, doors and handles, and windows.

Don’t forget about your kitchen floors. Simple vacuuming is necessary but not enough. The best way to thoroughly clean is to mop them with a proper cleaning solution.

Recently cleaned white kitchen.

Cleaning your bathroom

For obvious reasons, bathrooms will require the most effort to clean. Not because of their size or anything else. But because of all the sanitation that you need to do.

  • Unless it’s brand new, it’s a good idea to immediately replace the toilet seat.
  • Start from top to bottom and clean everything in detail, including tiles, the adhesive between them, the area behind the mirrors, air vent, and cabinets.
  • Clean the sink, faucets, shower, and even pipes if they are approachable.
  • If there are traces of grime or mildew, scrub them carefully.
  • After complete sanitation, open your windows to let everything dry, so no moisture is left.

If needed, don’t hesitate to replace the toilet bowl, sink, faucets, or anything else that looks “suspicious.” When it comes to hygiene, it’s better to be sure.

Freshly installed bathroom faucet.

Living rooms and bedrooms

By now, the hardest part is behind you. Cleaning the rest of your rooms should be much easier overall.

  • Start from the top by cleaning your ceilings from dust and eventually cobweb.
  • Clean your walls, shelves, paintings, or any decorations you may find.
  • Pay special attention to window cleaning. This is an excellent time to check if the windows seal well. If not, it’s better to fix them immediately, so you don’t have to clean them once more later.
  • Again, clean and disinfect all the handles.
  • Wipe all furniture, cabinets, frames, and make sure to reach behind and below them.
  • Finally, clean your floors.

For furniture like wardrobes and beds, make sure they are in good condition. If possible, it’s better to replace mattresses. You can clean them, but that doesn’t extend their usability life nor improves the comfort.

New bedroom mattress with a small bear toy on it.

Consider if something has to be replaced

When moving into a furnished home, there is a great chance you will need to do some replacements. It is especially true if it’s an older home where nothing has been changed for years. We already emphasized this in the inspection section, but it’s good to recheck it. If it’s not too overburdening to your budget, it’s better to do it right away. Maybe you need to replace your water heater, or some pieces of furniture, etc. Perhaps you simply want to get rid of items you don’t need at all. Basically, after the entire cleaning is complete, inspect your new home once again. Just in case you overlook something. In essence, no list is entirely accurate and complete because each home is unique. But, this move-in cleaning checklist can be a good guide to what should be a priority.

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