Southern Mom Loves: Tips to Get Your New Home Clean Before You Move In + a Printable Checklist!

Tips to Get Your New Home Clean Before You Move In + a Printable Checklist!

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

This is a sponsored post. All opinions are my own.

Moving Day is not something I ever look forward to. The amount of work to do when you move house can be staggering; Switching or turing on utilities, phone, cable, internet, and mail, cleaning out both the new home and the old, and then there's the actual moving and unpacking. Sheesh!

Since we just put our house on the market and hope to be moving back home soon, I wanted to share some tips for getting your new home sparkling clean before you move in. These tips can also be used to clean out a rental to make sure you get your deposit back. To make it super-simple, I've created a handy printable checklist so you can take it with you and check off your tasks as you complete them!

You guys know how much I like ordering my supplies online, and for something like this, it becomes even more handy. You can order those big, awkward packages and have them delivered right to your new home. You have enough stuff to move, right?

You can get all of your favorite P&G products online at Walmart for less. Moving is expensive, so it's a great way to save money and time.

And to help you get your new home spotless, I've created this guide to get it all done in no time. Having moved so many times in my life, I've found that getting everything cleaned up first is so much easier than having to do it later when your house is filled. I would start by moving in all appliances, then get it cleaned up before moving everything else in.

New Home Cleaning Guide

Supply list

  • Spray disinfectant
  • Vacuum
  • Carpet Steam Cleaner
  • Touch-up Paint
  • Duster
  • Unstopables Air Refresher (An instant burst of freshness that last for up to 6 hours)

  • All-purpose cleaner
  • Bounty® Select-a- Size Paper Towels (more absorbent so you can use less with each mess)
  • Broom and Dustpan
  • Swiffer® WetJet Mop (an all-in-one mopping system)

  • Toilet Cleaner
  • Toilet Brush
  • Bath & Shower Cleaner
  • All-purpose Scrub Brush
  • Charmin® Ultra Strong Toilet Paper (allows you to use up to 4X less!)
  • Hand Soap

  • Tide® PODS® Laundry Detergent (a 3-in-1 laundry solution: detergent, stain remover, & brightener)
  • Dryer sheets

You'll want to start your laundry before you start cleaning the rest. That way you can keep it going while you clean and your curtains will be fresh and ready to be re-hung when you're finished.

  • Wipe out all drawers and cabinets.
  • Wipe down towel racks, light fixtures, and soap dishes.
  • Disinfect and clean all knobs, countertop, sink, bathtub, and shower.
  • Thoroughly clean toilet and replace the toilet seat if necessary.
  • Clean mirrors and any shiny surfaces with glass cleaner.
  • Sweep and mop floor.
  • Stock with toilet paper and hand soap.

  • Dust all ledges and light fixtures.
  • Disinfect and scrub the countertops, sink, faucet, stovetop, and inside the refrigerator.
  • Wipe down all cabinets and drawers.
  • Pull refrigerator and stove away from the wall and clean behind and underneath.
  • Scrub out the inside of the oven.
  • Sweep and mop floor.

  • Take any curtains down and wash them.
  • Putty and paint over any nail holes in the walls, if necessary.
  • Dust ceiling corners, light fixtures, ceiling fans, vents, blinds, window ledges, baseboards, and the tops of doors to remove cobwebs and dust.
  • Clean windows and any shiny surfaces with glass cleaner.
  • Disinfect door knobs, light switches, stair bannister, and any other frequently touched surfaces.
  • Replace any burnt out lightbulbs.
  • Make sure smoke detectors are working.
  • Replace furnace filter and make a note of the date. Replace every three months.
  • Vacuum and steam clean carpets, if necessary.
  • Re-hang curtains.
  • Freshen all rooms with air refresher.

Now your new home will be fresh and clean and ready for you to unpack and decorate! There's nothing more thrilling for me than moving into a new place, but it can also be exhausting. Right-click on the checklist below and choose "Save Image As..." to download it to your computer, print it out, and you can take it with you to your new home. You can also get the pdf here. I hope it makes your move just a little easier!


Are you moving soon? What are you most looking forward to? Do you clean before or after moving in? I love to read your comments!

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