8 Things To Do When Moving – New House Cleaning

Congratulations on choosing a new house! That process can be grueling, but the reward is well worth it. At Deep Clean NYC we celebrate your accomplishments and want to make the transition process as seamless as possible. We have put together this new house cleaning list for you to keep in mind as you move. Whether you are downsizing to a smaller home or your family is growing and requiring more space, we hope that these tips are a helpful resource for you. In addition to cleaning details we have also included some bonus move in tips at the end of this article. As you think about cleaning your new home to make it ready for move in day, allow us at Deep Clean NYC to use our proven techniques and equipment to ensure that your new home is clean and safe for you and your family. 

1. Check and Clean Appliances

Any appliances that came with the house will need to be thoroughly cleaned before use. This includes, but is not limited to the refrigerator, washer and dryer, and oven. Be sure to wipe them down, inside and out. Check any coils, filters, vents, and lint traps and clean them as well. If these pieces are dusty or moldy the appliance will require more energy to work effectively and will be likely to stop working sooner than expected. Deep Clean NYC offers appliance cleaning as part of our move-in cleaning package. 

2. Work From Top to Bottom

Don’t let gravity work against you! As you clean fan blades and upper shelves, a portion of that dust and dirt will settle down to the floor below. Save the floor for last and work towards it, cleaning as you go. 

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3. Clean the Cabinets and Drawers

As cabinets and drawers sit empty they attract dust, wood shavings, and small critters. Before filling these areas with your belongings, make sure to wipe them out well. Deep Clean NYC will remove drawers to wipe down the tracks and thoroughly clean all cabinets and drawers before you move in. 

4. Clean the Floors

Floors get dirty easily. When new house cleaning it’s important this is done before you move in. Dirt, hair, dust, and germs settle from the air onto the ground and can easily be tracked throughout the house. Especially if you have pets or small children, having clean floors is paramount. 

New House Cleaning – The Deep Clean NYC Difference

The staff at Deep Clean NYC uses HEPA-filtered vacuums when cleaning any carpet or hardwood floor. Our process also utilizes air purifiers to minimize aerosolized dust and microorganisms so you can be confident that your new space is clean from top to bottom and everywhere in between. 

5. Clean the Bathroom

Any homeowner knows the never-ending job of keeping a bathroom clean. Start off strong with a deep clean before you move in. 

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Toilet – A new house cleaning must-do!

Clean the toilet with a disinfectant cleaner. Be sure to wipe down all surfaces including the base and under the seat. Many toilet seats are removable, simply turn the locks at the top of the lid and lift to remove. Rust, mold, and bacteria can build up in this space. 


Shower heads, drains, and curtains are prime targets for mold buildup. Clean these surfaces well and allow them to dry completely to avoid a continual mold presence. Stainless steel accessories should be dried with a towel to prevent water spots. 

6. Clean the Kitchen

In the kitchen you will want to make sure that any surfaces that come in contact with food are safe and clean. This includes the refrigerator, sink, counters, stovetop, and cabinets. 

You may be surprised to learn that the shelves, drawers, and dividers in the fridge and freezer are removable. Take them out, clean them well, and dry them completely before putting them back where they belong. Take advantage of having an empty fridge to clean the sides, bottoms, and tracks inside and on the door. 

7. Replace Filters and Clean Air Vents

The air filters and vents throughout your house have the important job of cleaning the air you breathe. When new house cleaning, make sure that these filters are new and the air vents are clean. You can clean the vents with a damp rag, but if they have gotten moldy you may need to use a stronger cleaning agent. 

8. Inspect Crawl Spaces, Gutters, and Storage Units

These areas that are out of the main living area are easy to overlook. But you will want to inspect them carefully before you move in. There are several reasons for this. First, make sure that there isn’t any damage due to weathering, normal wear and tear, or animals. Be aware of what you are buying before you buy it! Secondly, ensure that they are ready for you to move in and use them. Gutters should be cleaned out, crawl spaces and other storage areas cleaned and ready for storage. 

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New House Cleaning Bonus Tips

In addition to making sure your house is clean before you move in, there are a few other details you will want to consider before you change your address.

Check Smoke Alarms

Test any smoke, carbon monoxide, and other alarms to ensure they are functioning appropriately. Change the batteries if needed. 

Learn Where to Find Important Valves

Know where the main power supplies are: water shut off, electrical boxes, and sump pump to name a few. The moment you need them is not the time to find them and learn how to use them. Secure your and your family’s peace of mind by knowing where these things are and how to quickly adjust them as needed. 

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Change the Locks and Set Up New Passcodes 

In today’s world, safety is key. As soon as legally permissible (typically as soon as you have closed on the house, follow your realtor’s guidance), change the locks and set up new passcodes for the alarm system. 

Change Your Address

Over the last 2 months that you are at your old address, take note of the mail that you receive and notify the sender of your address change. Be sure to include utility companies, credit card companies, insurance agencies, doctors offices, and friends and family.

Pack Strategically

Clearly designate every box in a way that tells the movers which room it should go in at your new house. Designate which items can be stored and opened as you have time and what boxes you need right away. Think through what you will need that first night and morning in your new home so that you aren’t scrambling to find toothbrushes after a long day of moving. 

Make the First Days Easy

Schedule a grocery pick up or delivery for the first day so that you don’t have to think about shopping as you are trying to unpack. 

Celebrate your progress each step of the way! Everything you clean, unpack, and set up is another step towards making your new house and home.

Read more in our blog: How to Deep Clean a New House or Apartment in NYC Before Moving In

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Schedule a New House Cleaning Consult With Deep Clean NYC Today

We are thrilled that you are considering Deep Clean NYC in your moving process. We are committed to using cleaning products that are eco-friendly to protect both your surfaces and the environment. Our highly trained professionals will take care of all the details of an in-depth new house cleaning. Using proven techniques and equipment, we take pride in doing every step to your satisfaction. You can move in with confidence knowing that you have done everything necessary to start off right in your new home. Contact us today to schedule your new house cleaning consult!

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