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Clean Your Denver Home Before You Move In

June 15, 2016

Etiquette demands that the seller clean the home before the buyer moves in. Oftentimes, the house is left as-is or the effort to clean was lackadaisical at best. When moving, you want your new home to feel like your new home, not someone else’s old home. To do that, Denver moving companies recommend that you arrive before the movers and give your new house a thorough cleaning while the house is still empty. Doing so will enable you to reach places normally concealed by furniture and appliances. A thorough cleaning will also reveal anything missed during the home inspection that needs to be repaired or replaced.

Clean your own furniture and appliances. Make sure your own appliances are spic-and-span before moving them into a new house. As you move your belongings, you will have the opportunity to clean them and examine them for any needed repair or replacement. This is a fresh start for you and your family; make it a fresh start for your furnishings, too.

Clean from top to bottom. Begin with wiping the ceiling and work your way down, saving the sweeping, vacuuming, and mopping for last. Tackle spiderwebs, dust on ceiling fan blades, and dead insects in overhead fixtures. Hire a professional carpet cleaning service to ensure that dirt and dander and stains from previous occupation are removed. If the new house has wood floors, this may be the perfect time to have them refinished.

Clean where you’re not likely to clean again. Unless you need to live in a sterile environment, it’s unlikely you’ll wash the walls any time soon. Scrub down walls and you’ll be surprised--and maybe disgusted--at the grime. The clean walls will be brighter, too. Clean behind appliances, inside cupboards, range hoods, along baseboards and mouldings, vents and fans, radiators, garbage disposal units, attics, and basements. The dedicated application of elbow grease will make your new home look and smell fresh.

Clean frequently touched surfaces. Light switches, appliances, toilets, showers, sinks, door handles, and bannisters--all will carry the grime of other people’s hands. Use a multipurpose cleaner to kill germs on these surfaces. Removing the marks of prior habitation will go a long way toward making the house feel ready and welcoming for your family’s occupation.

When cleaning your new home, use the appropriate type of cleaning products. Heavy duty cleaners suitable for tackling the inside of the oven are not suitable for washing the walls. A scrub brush may do more harm than good. Bring a selection of products and tools: multi-purpose cleaners, glass cleaners, disinfectants, bleach, baking soda, sponges, microfiber cloths, buckets, mops, etc. You may need to soak some items, such as stovetop elements, so a plastic tub or two could come in handy. Wood cleaners or mild soap work well for wood cabinets. Wet down baking soda just enough to make a paste to remove grease stains.

As you clean, jot down a list of the items that you notice need additional attention. Perhaps the ceiling fan has a cracked blade. Or there’s a screw missing from the cover plate over the vent opening. Note nail holes in the walls where the previous occupants hung their pictures and artwork so you can fill them in. If you have time, tend to those items before your belongings arrive.

Local movers in Colorado, if based in your new city, may be able to recommend professional cleaning, refinishing, and/or handyman services to help you get your new home in tip-top shape before you move in. Eden’s Moving Services wants you to feel at home in your new residence and will do what they can to make your move less stressful. Call toll free at 1 (877) 887-8248 for a quote.