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New Homeowner Checklist

Whether you’re moving into a home that has already been lived in or a newly built home, the thought of cleaning it can be both exciting and daunting. From cleaning a new home to organising the move itself, there is a lot to do and it can seem overwhelming.


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Cleaning a new home

Psychologists say that moving house can be almost as traumatic as getting divorced! At Handy Andy we understand the stress of moving and would like to offer some tips on getting through the process, so we’ve put together a comprehensive checklist of everything you need to do when moving into a new house.

Checklist # 1 – Before the Move

Before you even commence with the new home cleaning, there are a few essential things to prepare and do before the actual move. Here are our suggestions for the top things to check off your list before the move:

  • Measure each room - especially living spaces like the dining room and lounge as well as the bedrooms – so that you have an idea as to if your current furniture will fit into the space or if you need to buy new items.

  • Measure the doorways and passages prior to moving in to ensure that you will be able to move your furniture around the corners into the room.

  • Make sure you’ve transferred all the utility accounts into your name like the water and lights, rates and taxes, etc.

  • Make sure you have the compliance certificates in hand like the electricity compliance, plumbing compliance, and that any issues you were concerned about have been resolved.

Checklist #2 – On Moving Day

In preparation for moving day, organise yourself a new home deep cleaning kit so that you (or your designated cleaner) can arrive at the new home bright and early to begin cleaning ahead of the moving trucks arriving. Here’s what you’re going to want in your cleaning kit:

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Once the new home move-in cleaning is done, you will feel like a huge weight has been lifted. You might not get around to cleaning every single corner of every cupboard, but as long as the floors and the main surfaces in the kitchen and bathrooms have been done, you’ll be able to move your stuff in without worry.

Once cleaning your new home is done, it’s time for the fun part! Putting all your old and new furniture pieces into place and making the space your own.

Frequently asked questions on New Home Checklists

1. How do I Clean My House Before Moving in?

Make sure the dirtiest rooms in the new home are tackled first. This includes the kitchen, bathroom and flooring.

2. Should you Clean Before or After Moving in?

We recommend getting into the new home a few hours before your goods arrive, to allow you to have free reign of an empty house to really clean well. If there is furniture and boxes in the way, you won’t be able to get as thorough a clean done.

3. What Should I Clean Before Moving?

We highly recommend tackling all the main surfaces in your home first. Kitchen counters, scullery counters, pantry and kitchen cupboards, bathroom surfaces, bathroom tiles, bathroom cupboards, bedroom surface and bedroom cupboards are a must. Once those have been done, it’s time to clean all the floors in the home from tiles or laminate to carpets too.

4. In What Order do you Clean Your New House?

Start high and finish low. Start with surfaces and cupboards and end with the flooring.

5. How do I Disinfect My New House?

Using great quality products like Handy Andy Cream Cleaners, Handy Andy Multipurpose Sprays and Handy Andy Floor Cleaners will help to clean and disinfect your new home at the same time.

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