Moving to a new apartment always feels like you are getting a fresh start. More so if you are empty nesting.
However, before you start settling into your new home, you should take the time to pause and look at your current situation. And to help you feel at home, here are seven simple cleaning tips that you should do before moving into your new apartment.
At Maid Sailors Maid Service Chicago, we always advise clients to clean their new house from top to bottom.
Here’s the thing: You will not have the same opportunities to clean the nooks and crannies of your apartment once you have everything set up. Therefore, you should take the time to clean your new home thoroughly.
Your usual cleaning procedures aren’t enough. Ideally, you have to deep clean every part of your new apartment. More so if you are not the first tenant of the unit. That’s because you can’t guarantee the old tenants’ hygienic practices.
But what you can guarantee would be yourself and your standard for cleanliness. Thus, it would help if you first started things off by cleaning your new apartment from top to bottom.
If you are pressed for time to do so, you can ask your adult children’s help with cleaning. Another tip is to hire a professional home cleaner. You’ll appreciate doing that once you have moved and settled all your items in it.
While you’re cleaning the entirety of your home, don’t forget to take the time to wash any windows. However, we suggest that you seek a professional or one of your kids to that for your safety.
Having clean windows will make your home warm and inviting because natural light will have an easier time coming into the house. At the same time, it will make your home look cleaner and fresher when you have clean and clear windows.
When cleaning or washing your windows, make sure you use a lint-free cloth to leave behind any material clinging to the windows.
At the same time, don’t wash your windows when the sun is high up in the sky and beaming down on you because it will make your cleaning solution dry too fast. Thus, leaving streaks that you can’t or will have a hard time removing.
Speaking of deep cleaning, you should also deep clean your cabinets and closets before unpacking.
When was the last time you clean your cupboard and closets thoroughly? If you can’t remember, there’s all the more reason for you to deep clean the ones in your new apartment.
It’s not a task that people often do, even when they dictate a deep cleaning session in their house. That’s why, before you start bringing your spices into the cupboards and your clothes into the closets, make sure that you deep clean them first.
Every corner of your cabinet and closet should be clean. Remember to clean the back of the cabinet and closet door and the handles while you’re at it.
Another overlooked part of the house that you should take the time to clean before moving in would be the walls.
The walls occupy a large part of your home, which is why it is astonishing how rarely people take the time to clean their walls. Considering that you’re moving into a new apartment, you might as well clean your walls. After all, the previous tenants likely wouldn’t have done that before leaving.
All sorts of things would be sticking on your walls after a long time of people living there. Dust, dirt, cobwebs, and fingerprints will be clinging to your walls, which is why it will be beneficial to you if you take the time to clean them.
The idea of someone else you don’t know living in your new home can creep you out. That’s the reason why home viewings rarely have any personal effects lying around. There are specific parts of your new apartment that previous tenants have no choice but to interact with often.
Even if you’re not a germaphobe, it’s worthwhile to disinfect the items you know people who used to live in your apartment would have inevitably touched. Examples of such would be the doorknobs, cabinet handles, and light switches.
Taking the time to disinfect these easy-access items is a bit of an extra touch. But it’s something that will make you feel like you’re genuinely wiping the slate clean for your new home.
The movers you hired to bring your furniture and other items to your new apartment moved to and fro your entire new apartment.
Foot traffic refers to how often people pass through and stay in a specific area. This means that your new entryway to the apartment isn’t as clean as it could be.
While you’re busy worrying about the cleanliness of the inside of your new apartment, you might also want to check your apartment’s entryway.
Ensure that you keep the entryway clean because it will help reduce your home’s risk of spreading all sorts of infections. Mind you, exposure to bacteria and viruses is bad news to the elderly.
Simultaneously, a clean and tidy entrance can leave a positive impression on guests that may come over to welcome you to your new home.
Preferably, you should have done this before you moved into your new apartment. But if you haven’t, you might want to hire an exterminator to do a quick check-up of your new home.
A simple check-up can help you avoid a problem that you will have to deal with in the future. After all, unless you still have kids who are living with you, you don’t want to have unwanted guests making your house their home as well.
After the tedious process of moving from one home to another, you probably don’t want to do anything else but sink into some bedsheets and rest. However, you should do the seven simple cleaning tips mentioned above before doing so. That way, you can fully enjoy life in your new home without any hiccups to start things off.
This guest post was graciously provided by Meredith Davis.