Cleaning Your New Home Before Move-In: 5 Items to Put On the Check List

Are you moving into a pre-owned home? Unless the sellers had it professionally cleaned before moving out, you might want to do your own cleaning. While it’s easy to think of apparent tasks like cleaning the counters and sinks, some tasks are less likely to come to mind. The following suggestions can help you make your new home cleaner and move-in ready, which will make your first weeks in your new home more enjoyable.

1. Clean the Oven and Stove

The oven and stove can get very dirty, and not everyone thinks to clean the oven and stove when they’re moving out or into a new house. Use oven cleaner to get rid of the worst grime on your oven and stove. Follow manufacturer’s instructions, and remember that oven cleaners can create fumes, so take any recommended precautions to protect your health and the health of others in your household. Or, if you prefer to use a chemical-free solution, try vinegar and baking soda.

2. Deep Clean the Bathrooms

You can never get a bathroom too clean. Deep cleaning the bathrooms in your new home will help ensure that your new home is free of some unpleasant germs. To deep clean your bathroom, pay attention to trouble areas like:

  • Grout between tiles
  • In and around the toilet
  • Crevices in the shower
  • Drawers in the bathroom vanity

Take time to lay down a new shelf liner in the bathroom vanity (or vanities, depending on how many bathrooms you’re cleaning), so your bathroom can look brand new by the time you’re ready to move in.

3. Eliminate Dust from the Ceiling Fans

The ceiling fans can hold a lot of dust, mostly in places you can’t see. The top of the ceiling fan blades, for example, is likely full of dust and grime. Want to know an easy trick for cleaning your ceiling fan blades? Take an old pillowcase and insert the case over the blade, pretending that the blade is a pillow. Next, pull off the dust to stay contained in the pillowcase. This way, the dust won’t fall onto the floor!

4. Shampoo the Carpet

Carpeting has a way of becoming very dirty over time. This is one of the reasons that many people pull up the carpet before they move into their new home. If you’re planning to keep the carpet, consider shampooing it to eliminate dander and allergens that could be trapped inside. This might be especially important if the previous homeowners were also pet owners.

5. Clean Walls, Repaint if Needed

Handprints, scuff marks, and mystery marks can make walls look old and make a room look grimy. Cleaning the walls can give your new home a fresh, new feel. On glossy paint, the easiest way to clean the walls is to use a melamine sponge. Can’t get rid of the marks? Consider repainting. Repainting your new home is a great way to make your house all your own!

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7 Ways to De-Stress Before the Big Move

Moving to a new home will undoubtedly come with some level of stress. While it’s nearly impossible to eliminate all stress, people planning a big move can at least take proactive steps to bring stress levels down by adding some “de-stress” activities to each day. The following can help alleviate at least a portion of the pressure.

1. Create a Moving Checklist

Making a checklist and routinely ticking items off of it in the months and weeks leading up to the move helps you stay organized and ensures that you don’t miss any critical steps. Leaving things until the last minute creates a high-stress atmosphere and leaves it to chance that you will overlook something essential.

2. Start Packing Early

Once you’ve decided to move, start gathering boxes and pack up lesser-used items. Packing often turns out to be more time-consuming than anticipated. Plan to do one carton a day or at least a few a week – this will significantly reduce stress levels as moving day approaches. Don’t forget to label boxes to ensure you transfer them to the correct room at the other end of the move.

3. Book Movers Ahead of Time

Getting estimates when you know you’re relocating and making a contract with a preferred mover is best to keep stress levels down. This way, people who are moving know they don’t have to scramble to find transport vehicles and family and friends to help. Booking a mover early also ensures your preferred dates are available—plus, early bookings typically have the best prices!

4. Do Relaxation Exercises

During the hustle and bustle, try to take a few minutes every day to decompress and relax. For example, take a quick walk or do a short yoga session. Doing deep breathing at intervals during the day can also do wonders to reduce stress levels.

5. Eat Healthily

Living on caffeine and pizza seems like it’ll reduce stress, but in the long run, it’ll lead to being tired and low on energy right when you need it the most. Better foods include:

  • Green, leafy veggies
  • Yogurt
  • Blueberries
  • Oranges
  • Foods rich in omega-3 fatty acids
  • Green tea

Plan to have healthy snacks on hand and, in the weeks before the move, have prepped meals stashed in the freezer to help boost energy levels, reduce headaches, and eliminate hangry feelings. Eating poorly leads to feeling awful, which can lead to stress.

6. Create Music Playlists

Music tends to be soothing and generate good feelings. So, set up a few playlists in the weeks before the move. Start with an energetic one to help motivate packing, cleaning, and other tasks, then create a second one to play for relaxation—classical music, gentle sounds, or whatever helps bring a calming feeling.

7. Get Good Sleep

It can be tempting to burn the midnight oil several times a week to get tasks done, but over time this leads to sleep deficits which can cause stress, not to mention health problems. So instead, plan to get a healthy amount of sleep each night; your body will thank you for it! And you’ll probably get a lot more done during the day too.

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