Moving into a new home can be incredibly exciting. Whether you’re buying a new home, buying your first home, or merely renting, getting the first big cleaning session of your home done is critical.

With rental properties or buying a used home, you can never really be sure what went on inside before you got there. It’s reasons like this why you should take extra care when cleaning your home directly after moving in. The following are a few tips for getting your new home sparkling clean.

Clean The Floors

Even if a cleaning company came in to clean the home before you got there, most of them would skimp on the floors. This means you’re going to be walking around on the dust bunnies of the previous resident.
Clean The Floors
If you have carpets, this is especially critical, as allergen and bacteria tend to congregate on the carpet. If you see visible stains on the carpeting, you may want to skip this work yourself and hire a professional carpet cleaning company right out of the gate.

If you have hardwood floors, you can either sweep, vacuum, or employ the help of a robot vacuum to get your floors clean. If you have a large home with hardwood floors, you’re going to have to vacuum them almost daily. Investing in a quality robot vacuum like the ones seen here, is a great place to start.

Sanitize The Tubs

Another commonly skimped cleaning location is bathroom tubs. If the tubs don’t look dirty, the cleaning company may just wipe them down, or worse, just rinse them out.

If you’re planning on ever taking a bath, cleaning and sanitizing the tub is essential. The last thing you want is to be naked in a tub filled with other peoples ick.

Let The Fridge Defrost

Before you go loading up your fridge with a bunch of groceries, take the opportunity of having an empty refrigerator and make the most of it. It’s not often you get to defrost and re-cool a fridge. This helps make sure the appliance will last a long time, and also aids in keeping food cool more effectively.
Let The Fridge Defrost
To defrost your fridge, you can either unplug it or use a manual defrost setting that comes with some newer fridges.

Check The Stove and Oven

Since the inside of the stove/oven isn’t visible, it’s often one of the things that people skip out on cleaning when they move out. Check out your stove to see if anyone has taken the time to actually clean it.

If there is still buildup on the sides and bottom of the unit, you can use the self-clean option on your oven. If this isn’t effective enough, you can also use vinegar and baking soda to clean off baked-on debris.

Clean The Garage Floor

The last thing that is often overlooked when cleaning a home is the garage. Before you start loading up the area with storage items, take this time when the floor is clear to give it a good scrub.
Clean The Garage Floor
Depending on if the garage was used for storage, or for parking cars, there may be oil residue on the floors. This makes them slippery, stinky, and overall unpleasant. Use a degreaser and a floor brush to get up as much grime as you can.

Enjoy Your New Home!

Now that you’ve got all of your cleaning done, it’s time to sit back and relax, and enjoy your new home.

While cleaning can initially be a pain, there’s really nothing better than a new, clean home that is ready to be lived in.