Jun 21, 2023Homes and People

Cleaning and Preparing the New Home: House Moving Checklist for a Fresh Start

by Godrej Properties Limited



Introduction to 'The New Home'

Pre-Move Cleaning

1 Dust and vacuum: Begin by dusting all surfaces, including walls, and light fixtures. Vacuum carpets, rugs, and upholstery to remove any dust or dirt accumulated during the transition.

2 Wipe down surfaces: Clean countertops, shelves, and cabinets using appropriate cleaning solutions. Pay attention to high-touch areas like door handles, switches, and drawer pulls.

3 Clean windows and mirrors: Use a glass cleaner to wipe down windows and mirrors, ensuring they are streak-free and sparkling.

4 Clean appliances: If the previous occupants didn't clean the appliances, give them a thorough cleaning. This includes the refrigerator, oven, stovetop, dishwasher, and any other appliances left behind.

5 Scrub bathrooms: Scrub toilets, sinks, showers, and bathtubs using bathroom cleaners. Pay attention to grout lines.

6 Clean floors: Sweep and mop hard floors, such as tile, hardwood, or laminate. 

Organising and Setting Up

1 Unpack strategically: Start by unpacking essential items first, such as bedding, toiletries, and kitchen essentials. 

2 Install closet systems: Set up closet systems or shelving to maximise storage space. 

3 Arrange furniture: Plan the layout of your furniture based on the floor plan you created earlier. 

4 Hang curtains and blinds: Install curtains or blinds for privacy and light control. Consider adding blackout curtains in bedrooms for better sleep quality.

5 Set up utilities and services: Contact utility providers to ensure that water, electricity, the Internet, and other necessary services are connected and functioning properly.

6 Change locks: For added security, consider changing the locks or re-keying the existing ones. 

Deep Cleaning and Maintenance

1 Deep clean floors: Give the floors a thorough cleaning, paying attention to corners, baseboards, and hard-to-reach areas. Steam clean carpets or schedule a professional carpet cleaning if necessary.

2 Clean air vents and filters: Dust and clean air vents, as well as replace or clean HVAC filters. 

3 Inspect and clean appliances: Check and clean the filters of appliances such as the dryer, range hood, and air conditioner. 

4 Inspect plumbing and fixtures: check for any leaks, drips, or plumbing issues. Ensure that faucets, toilets, and showers are functioning properly. Pest control: Take preventive measures against pests by sealing any entry points and using pest-control products if necessary. 

5 Create a cleaning schedule: Establish a regular cleaning schedule to maintain a clean and organised home. 


Cleaning and preparing your new home before settling in is a crucial step in starting fresh and creating a comfortable living environment. By following this comprehensive checklist, you can ensure that your new space is clean and ready for you to enjoy. From pre-move cleaning to setting up utilities and maintaining the home's cleanliness, each task contributes to a smooth transition and a positive living experience.


Frequently Asked Questions

1. Can I clean my new home before moving in if it's not vacant? 

Ans: If possible, it's recommended to clean the home before moving in, even if it's not vacant.

2. Do I need to hire professional cleaners for a move-in clean? 

Ans: Hiring professional cleaners is a personal choice. 

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