How to Clean and Prepare Your New Home for Your Move-In

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When you are buying an older home, it requires cleaning and preparation before you move into it. While the previous homeowners may have maintained a clean building, you don’t want to have any surprises such as having mold growing on surfaces or finding a mouse in a basement. Here are some ways to sanitize and prepare your home before your family begins to live in it.

Wash the Walls, Ceilings and Floors

You should spend an entire day washing the ceilings, floors, and walls of a home. While vacuuming carpets and mopping floors is an obvious cleaning task, the ceilings and walls of a home are covered with pathogens such as viruses and bacteria. You may need a ladder or elevated walking platform to reach a ceiling or higher areas of the walls. Make sure to sanitize the floors last because debris will filter down onto it while you are cleaning. If you can’t perform these chores, then find a cleaning service technician to complete the job.

Sanitize Appliances, Cabinets, and Other Kitchen Surfaces

When you want to cook meals in a kitchen, you will need clean surfaces. Don’t put any food into a used refrigerator until you clean the interior of the cooling and freezing sections. You must also clean the oven and stovetop with specialized cleansers to remove grease and food debris. It is often possible to remove the refrigerator shelves and drawers to wash the items in the kitchen sink. You can also clean an oven’s racks and other removable devices the same way. In addition, use a mixture of bleach and water to sanitize the kitchen’s cabinets and drawers. Last, clean the kitchen’s countertops with the appropriate cleanser.

Spray the Home for Insects

Before starting any cleaning chores inside the home, you should spray it completely from top to bottom with pesticides to eliminate insects. Not only can you spray for insects such as cockroaches and ants inside the home, but also, you can apply pest control chemicals outside the building to prevent infestations of termites or beetles. Rather than completing this job on your own, you can call a professional exterminator who can inspect your home to provide advice concerning ways to avoid insect infestations.

Scrub Each Bathroom’s Plumbing Fixtures

Cleaning the bathrooms is essential, and you will need cleansers that destroy viruses, mold and bacteria. Wear protective plastic gloves while you scrub a toilet’s bowl and wipe down the exterior of the fixture. Look for mold around the bathtub to remove it so that it doesn’t continue to grow. Fill the bathtub with warm water before pouring in some bleach to eliminate pathogens. Use paper towels to clean the bathroom’s sink and countertop. This is also an excellent time to clean the drains in a bathroom by pouring in baking soda and white vinegar to bubble away any debris.

When you are planning on buying a home, make sure to budget for cleaning and preparing it so that you will move into a building that is healthier to live in. This is also a good time to get the entire family involved in moving into a new home so that everyone is living in a beautiful environment.

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