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October 08, 2021

7 Tips to Cleaning a House Before Moving In

Congratulations! You are moving into a new house. A new home is like starting a brand-new relationship. You get to learn all about the house, like where the morning light comes in, and how the house settles at night. Some houses have a classic charm to them, while others are bare canvases and ready for you to make it your own. Either way, it’s a beautiful beginning, and the best way to start off on the right foot is by giving your new home a thorough cleaning. We found 7 tips and special tricks to help you enjoy the process.

Do Your Own Inspection

Before you begin, walk through the house and make sure that everything is in order. Check on areas that the previous occupant agreed to fix, arrange or install. If something hasn’t been completed, ask your realtor to communicate your needs. Cleaning your new home is like constructing a building; a good foundation is necessary before you begin the work.

Be Prepared

Every successful project begins with an organized list. Break down what you need to do in each room into a detailed set of priorities. This saves you time in the long run and nothing will be missed. When creating your move-in cleaning checklist, start from the top of the room and work your way down. A list for the kitchen could look like this:

  1. Ceiling: clean the light fixtures, dust the high corners
  2. Walls: wash the windows, check the blinds for dirt
  3. Appliances: scrub the microwave, oven, and refrigerator
  4. Disinfect sinks and wipe down the counters
  5. Check heating vents and replace air filters
  6. Vacuum and mop the floors

Once all your duties are laid out in black and white, you can look forward to crossing off each task.

Pack the Essentials

Ideally, it is best to clean a house before you move in and when it’s empty—there’s no furniture to rearrange or heavy objects to move. The first things you must bring to your new home are cleaning supplies. If you have a box full of paper towels, sponges, and cleaning solutions for each room, then you won’t have to run to a different room to grab extra materials. Having all your supplies in one space helps you manage your time efficiently. If you are planning to spend a full day there cleaning, stock the kitchen with snacks or ready-made meals. After all, it’s hard to work on an empty stomach.

Start with the Kitchen First


Since you’ll be storing food and snacks in your new refrigerator, it’s highly recommended to start cleaning there first. Take out the shelves and drawers, and give them a quick wipe down. Once done, store an open box of baking soda in your fridge to absorb any strong odors and keep the inside smelling fresh.

Do Safety Checks While You Clean

As you go about your tasks, use this opportunity to make sure your house is meeting all the safety requirements. As you dust the blinds, put new batteries in the smoke detector. After you finish putting down shelf paper in the kitchen cupboards, find an accessible spot to store the fire extinguisher. Write down all the updates so you know when it’s time to do another safety check.

Delegate Your Chores

The old saying ‘teamwork makes the dream work’ still rings true. If you have assistance with cleaning your house, the time will fly. An extra pair of hands or a handy smart gadget can cut your chore list in half.

Roborock S5 Max

The Roborock S5 Max is an excellent cleaning assistant. Feel free to delegate all the sweeping and mopping duties to this little helper. You can rely on a thorough job because of its advanced navigation capabilities. It uses an algorithm to create detailed routes specifically for each room and vacuums more dirt in less time. The Roborock S5 Max has powerful suction that can remove stubborn dirt from carpets and hardwood floors. The large water tank keeps it mopping without needing frequent refills, while a long battery life ensures it works as long as you do. You couldn’t ask for a more perfect housekeeping partner. It will even map your new home as it cleans, so that once you’re all set up you can send it exactly where it needs to go with a few taps in the Roborock app.

Go at Your Own Pace

You know your limits better than anybody else. It’s valuable to recognize what speed works best for you. One way is to go slow and methodical. Some people find it’s better to stretch their duties over an entire month. They may not have a lot of time during the week to clean, so extending their move-in date gives them a chance to get all their ducks in a row.

On the other hand, many people respond better to a shorter deadline. A sense of urgency can galvanize people to work more efficiently. For some, cleaning is like starting a diesel engine: you may take a long time to warm up, but there’s a lot of power once you get going! Find your preferred rhythm for banishing that dirt.

There’s No Place Like Home

Once you are all moved in, you’ll be thrilled that you made an effort to create a pristine home. Nothing is better than settling into a space you can call your own and the sense of accomplishment that goes with it. Having a sparkling house will make you feel like there’s no place like home.