How to Deep Clean a House Before Moving In

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Work in the Right Order

Have a box of essentials and deliver that first to your new home. Fill it with cleaning supplies, a bucket, paper towels, and toilet paper, along with the other essentials you’ll need to make it through the day. For each room, you should start high, like ceilings and light fixtures, then move down and end by cleaning the floor. Remember to be as thorough as you can. This will be the perfect opportunity to get a deep clean with no furniture in the way, and the cleaner you get everything, the more you will enjoy your new house. 

The first place to start your cleaning is the bathroom. It was likely used during the move-out, and you will want to use it during move-in, so it is a logical place to clean first. Be sure to get those hard-to-reach places such as under the sink, inside the medicine cabinet, and behind the toilet. Clean tiles, tub, and sink with a paste made of baking soda and vinegar that also dissolves soap scum. Wipe down glass shower doors with a vinegar/water mixture. The toilets are probably the grimiest spot in a house. Rather than spending your time cleaning them, remove them, clean under them, and replace them with a brand new seat. 

The kitchen is really important for cleaning a house before moving in because a lot of odors can be trapped there, and it is good to eliminate them right away. Wash and disinfect inside the cupboards and any countertop surfaces, knobs, and drawer pulls. Disinfect your appliances. Start by cleaning and disinfecting the inside and outside of your fridge so you can start unloading food, then take care of the stove, microwave, and dishwasher.

Get Professional Cleaning

Before you move in is the best time to have professional floor cleaning done, as there won’t be the added hassle of moving furniture in and out of the house. You can do your best to clean the floors, but it just won’t compare to a professional floor cleaner’s results. 


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  1. Oh my gosh, when we moved into our current house I spent 3 days painting and cleaning before actually moving in. The floors were horrible. I did start in the order you suggest, though, and did the bathroom first then the kitchen before tackling the floors.

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  2. It's like you knew I needed this info. We are moving in a few weeks!

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  3. Rose Ann Sales10/05/2021

    Thanks for the tips. And I think it's also great to get professional cleaning sometime.. just like you'd mentioned.

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  4. I am an Apartment Dweller and the deep dive clean when I first move into a new place is so time consuming and daunting and that is on a much smaller scale than a whole house. I go straight to the bathroom because it is the room I dread the most so I like to get it out of the way first. I have never visited Whistler, but I am not fond of snow so my vacations tend to be to the Caribbean, I like Sunshine and Beach - I have often thought of running away and escaping New York City for a year round sunny climate.

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  5. I definitely agree with your point on professional cleaning. It's worth paying the money for the time and effort it saves you.

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  6. Moving to a new home is tiring and complicated. Getting a professional cleaning will save you a lot of trouble and time.

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  7. You're right. Kitchen can be the hardest place to clean when moving. And the bathrooms too. Thanks for the tips! They're helpful

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  8. Great advice. Especially start high, I've moved more times than I can count and you're tips are perfect.

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  9. Great tips for deep cleaning a house before moving in. I would hope that the person selling the home or renting it out would have already deep cleaned it, but a lot of times that isn't the case.

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  10. Great post and to be fair I agree with you if a deep clean is required this is the time to bring in the professionals for sure x

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  11. There is so much to think about and do when moving! And lots and lots of cleaning (both in the home you move out of and the one you move into). These tips are such a great help! Thank you so much. My hubby and I are peeking around at homes, so I may need to tap into these tips someday soon :)

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  12. I haven't yet experienced the moving to another house but I would make sure that it's very clean.

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  13. I keep telling my hubby I will die in our current house because I hate moving! but if we do move, these are great tips I will be implementing!!

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  14. Moving to a new place was really a stressful job... There are many factors to consider and think about.. I remember when i wasna kid, we used to move a lot.. Adjusting to a new place is the greatest challenge for me.. I guess hiring professional movers will make it less stressful

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  15. Although our lessor already arranged the cleaning before we moved in, we still did our own cleaning, and we found out that they didn't made a good job. It is best personally supervise the work.

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  16. I've been living in the same house for more than 35 years now. However, I still can use those tips for deep cleaning.

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  17. Professional cleaners always do a more thorough job than I can do myself. It is absolutely worth the money.

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  18. You are very right. I just have a weakness with cleaning, at a personal level; I tend to leave out so many dirty spots in the name of being exhausted. I'd rather hire professionals to do the job for me.

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