Housekeeping 101: So You Just Bought a New Home

Housekeeping 101: So You Just Bought a New HomeYou’ve bought a new home and you cannot wait to move in. The house looked fantastic during the showings, so you think it will be ready to move into without doing any cleaning. Maybe it’s a brand-new home that you had built, so you expect it to pass the white-glove test. Sadly, most new homes simply aren’t as clean as you think. Even a home that’s been custom built can have a layer of dust on everything if the builder failed to bring in a cleaning crew. This is why you need to plan on cleaning your house before you start moving in furniture and boxes. The process won’t take long, and then you’ll be ready to start positioning your items and making the home your own.

Go Prepared

Don’t let your cleaning supplies get packed away where you cannot reach them. Keep your vacuum, broom, dust pan and cleaning chemicals where you can easily put them in a bucket and head over to the new house. If you’re moving a long distance, you’ll want to get there a day or two ahead of the cleaning crew. Your washer and dryer may not be hooked up yet, so take disposable wipes and cleaning items.

Work Smart

A good rule of thumb is to start at the highest point and work your way down. Move in a circular motion to avoid backtracking and repeating work. This goes not only for the entire house, but also for each room. Start with one room on the second floor, and move on to the next after you finish it. Within each room, start by dry-dusting ceiling fans and trim. Then move to the wet cleaning like wiping down walls and mopping. Finally, vacuum the room and exit.

Focus on Key Areas

Most rooms will just need a quick wipe down and vacuum. Focus on those hidden, forgotten spots like ceiling fans and the tops of doors. You’ll want to spend more time in the kitchen and bathroom. These are the most germ-filled rooms in the house, and you can bet that the construction crews of your custom home have made use of the facilities during the last weeks of a job. In both rooms, use anti-bacterial cleaners to thoroughly treat hard surfaces. Dust the light fixtures and use a vacuum attachment to clean out the exhaust fan in the bathroom. You’ll want a degreaser in the kitchen if the oven or hood hasn’t been cleaned in a while. Keep the vacuum handy for easily cleaning any final crumbs out of cabinets and drawers. Wipe out these interiors with the disinfectant. Finally, mop the floors and give them a few minutes to dry.

Moving into a new home is exciting, but you want the home to be clean. Whether you’ve built your dream home or are buying a pre-existing place, it may not be as clean as you hope. Take the time to treat the entire house to a good scrubbing before you start moving in. It will make the move-in process easier and more enjoyable. In the New York City area, you don’t even have to deal with these chores yourself. You can visit 1st Class Cleaning through our website or call us directly at (800) 309-7881 to schedule our professional move-in services. Then you’ll enjoy a house that can pass the white-glove test without having to do any of the work.

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