In all likelihood, your new house will be spotless when you move in. The previous tenant or owner should have done a good job of cleaning, or the landlord or estate agent would have hired a cleaner to ensure it’s pristine. However, it never hurts to double-check the cleanliness of your home. Especially if you’re a student, your new home may not be that clean on the accounts of the messy nature of students. Here are five things to check and, if needed, clean when you move into your new home.
1) Under sofas, beds, wardrobes, and other types of upholstery.
If your flat or home is fully furnished when you move in, then, perhaps, the floor beneath your furniture has been neglect when it comes to cleaning. Before moving any of your things in, be sure to check underneath the furniture that is already in there. If it’s a bit dusty or there are generally little riff-raffs of rubbish, then quickly go over the mess with a hover. It doesn’t have to be spotless, but making sure every corner of your home is at an adequate level of cleanliness is the best way to start your life in your new home.
2) Nooks and crannies
Down the side of the fridge, the cooker, and other small, hard to reach areas can often be neglected when cleaning. They might have been neglected by whoever the last person was to clean your home. Because they are small, they won’t take that long to clean. Simply get a torch, looking down all the nooks and crannies and if there is any dirt there, simply attack it with a j-cloth or a small handheld vacuum cleaner if you have one. Although nooks and crannies that aren’t clean will not be visible, it is nice to know that your home is spotless.
3) The Oven
If your new home or flat comes with an oven, then be sure to check it for cleanliness. Ovens can be notoriously difficult to clean and if the last person to clean it was the previous tenant, chances are it may still be a little bit dirty on account of ovens being so hard to clean. All ovens should be cleaned professionally before you move in and if it’s extremely dirty, be sure to tell your landlord or estate agent. They should send round a professional oven cleaner free of charge. But if it’s just a bit dingy, then you can quickly do it yourself. Buy a good oven cleaner, if you don’t already have one, from any good supermarket and give it a quick wipe down.
4) The loft
If your home or flat comes with a loft, it may still be filled with unwanted items from the previous tenants who lived there before you. Chances are if your landlord or estate agent sent round a cleaner, they probably didn’t go into the loft. As the loft is, for most of us, the largest piece of storage space we have in our house, it’s important that it’s clear in order for you to store your items in there. And who knows, maybe you’ll even find some possessions from previous tenants that you may want to keep yourself. Remember the saying; one man’s garbage is another man’s treasure.
5) The garden
Professional cleaners, on the whole, only deal with the inside of houses. If your new home is lucky enough to come with a garden, then it may be a jungle of weeds, neglected for years. If that’s the case, then get some weed killer and some clippers, they’ll take care of the job for you.