Pre-move in clean-up guide to your new home

pre-move in clean up

A new house or apartment opens up a whole new world of opportunities. Uncluttered space, bare walls, and a blank canvas to create your own home. However, before you begin the exciting aspects of relocating, you must first address the fundamentals. Pre-moving cleaning chores or deep cleaning a new house before moving into a new home does not have to be difficult. I didn’t say it would be easy, but it could be. Cleaning a house before you move in is the best option because you won’t have to deal with the added difficulty of working around furniture and boxes.

The most fun part of moving day is deciding what goes where. But there are a few things you should do before you unload the moving truck and start arranging furniture. If you don’t do any of these things before unpacking, you’ll probably be sorry later that’s why we suggest doing a clean-up before moving in. If you decide to do the job yourself, you may be wondering where to begin and what to clean. We recommend that you consider following the steps in this room-by-room guide to deep clean your home before moving in.

Consider the following areas to clean before moving into your new home:

Read also: Areas in Your Home That Might Need a Deep Clean

1. Refinish the floors and walls.

When it comes time for a deep cleaning new house checklist before moving into a new home, you should prioritize the floors and the walls. Nothing more irritating is when your home’s interior is having dirty floors and walls. Whether your home has carpet, tile, hardwood, or a combination of the three, take the time to thoroughly clean the floors in each room. This includes stain removal and treatment for carpets, steaming hardwood floors, and cleaning grout between tiles.

If your walls have stains, consider painting over them or using paint-friendly stain remover wipes, which can be purchased at a hardware or home improvement store. Also, if repainting, homeowners should use neutral tones to allow potential home buyers to focus on the layout and features of the home rather than the color.

2. Make sure to clean every corner of the bedroom.

Before you move in, keep in mind that every room or bedroom has common areas that require attention, such as the floors, baseboards, and walls. These are the areas of your new house or apartment that are most likely to attract the attention of all visitors, such as family and friends. As a result, make certain that they are clean and well-maintained.

3. Make your kitchen neat and tidy.

If you don’t have time to deep clean your entire new home before moving in, but you do have some time to tidy up, make the kitchen your top priority for deep cleaning new house checklist. If a kitchen is left in a dingy and dirty state, it can not only turn off people, it will keep roaches, spiders, ants, and other pests at bay, thoroughly clean countertops, appliances, floors, and baseboards.

4. Bathroom cleaning and disinfection.

For new residents, bathrooms are a very personal space that should be kept as clean and tidy as possible as part of the deep cleaning new house checklist. Bathroom cleaning is about disinfecting as much as it is about having clean surfaces. For the initial scrub, dish soap and a sponge are all you need, but follow up with an antibacterial spray to get rid of any lingering germs. Replace the toilet seats as soon as possible. It’s a small cost for the most efficient way to ensure they’re completely clean.

Shower and tiles

Showers and bathtubs should be cleaned to prevent mildew, and the grout between the floor and shower tiles should be cleaned to leave your bathroom sparkling. If you’re leaving a shower curtain or shower curtain liner behind, make sure it’s clean and mildew-free.


It probably goes without saying, but it’s impolite not to clean the toilets before leaving your house or apartment. Do the new residents a favor and deep clean the toilets. If there will be a period between your move-out and their move-in, consider using an extended-release toilet bowl cleaner to prevent mold and stain build-up. Don’t forget to clean the mirrors, shower doors, countertops, and surfaces, and sweep and mop the floors.

5. Before you move into your new home, make sure all of your appliances are clean.

Consider cleaning the inside, outside, behind, and beneath your appliances before moving into remove any dust, dirt, debris, or other unwanted messiness that may have accumulated during your stay. Pay special attention to mold-attracting drawers and shelves in refrigerators and freezers, as well as glass on microwave and stove doors that can become dirty and dingy.

6. Clean out cabinets and pantries to keep pests out.

For deep cleaning new house checklist cabinets and pantries are also considered to be clean or need attention to prevent pests from entering your home, you should deep clean any areas where food was or is being stored. If your home will be vacant before the moving-in day you may want to consider hiring a pest control company to spray inside and outside to make sure there are no unwanted visitors in your new home.

7. Also consider outside cleaning (Patios)

Also in our list of deep cleaning new house checklist, outside areas should be given equal attention as interior areas before moving in. After all, curb appeal adds value to your home and is the first thing friends, and family sees when they stop by or view your home.

The few places to tidy up includes power-washing the concrete and other surfaces, mowing lawns and trimming edges, cleaning outdoor cushions, pillows, and fabrics, and maintaining flower beds and gardens are all examples of deep cleaning patios and other outdoor entertaining spaces.

8. Clean storage areas and garages

Almost everyone has a catch-all storage space that is rarely used unless Christmas decorations are required. Here in the Philippines, we call it  a bodega a building used for shelter, storage, etc. Many people think of this as a garage, attic, or outdoor storage space. While you can certainly organize your clutter to make it more visually appealing if this area isn’t used as frequently as other spaces, it’s also a good idea to declutter and organize before moving in so you have storage space ready.

I hope this pre-move deep cleaning new house checklist guide assists you with cleaning before moving into your new home, which will be much easier with none of your belongings cluttering the space. You have two options for cleaning your home before moving in: you can clean it yourself or hire a professional cleaning service. If you’re renting and your security deposit is at stake, hiring a cleaning service may be worthwhile to ensure that you get your money back. If on the other hand, you want to save as much money as possible, cleaning the property yourself is probably the best option. 

If you won’t have time to clean the space yourself due to other responsibilities during the transition, consider hiring a move-in cleaning service. Bria homes – Top Home Services for your Bria House and Lot is committed to protecting residential buildings and homes while also providing quality services such as cleaning. Bria Homes is a place where you can build you forever home and move in as soon as it is finished. There are affordable houses and lots for sale, as well as affordable condominiums for sale, that are ideal for the needs of any family.

Written by Mark Anthony Seña