You bought a home and are eager to move in. You have a day or two before the movers arrive, giving you an opportunity to survey the house. What you might also want to do is to give it a thorough cleaning even if it is new or the previous owners took care of it. After all, there is nothing like a top notch cleaning to help you settle in your new home.


First things first: you’ll be using the bathroom before you make use of the other rooms, so attack them first. The last thing you want to do is use a toilet that is grungy.

Speaking of the toilet, give it a thorough cleaning inside and out — before you do anything else. You should then disinfect all knobs and pulls, the sink, shower and the countertops.

Then, dust the vents and the bathroom fan, clean the light fixtures and wipe out the cabinets, drawers, and shelving. Sweep and mop the floor.

Laundry Room

Don’t think for a moment that the laundry room should escape your watchful eye. Whether the washer and dryer are already in place or will arrive with the movers, this room can have its share of dust and lint bunnies.

Dust, wipe and wash all vents, fans and light fixtures. If the room has cabinets and shelving, wipe these down. Clean the front and backs of the cabinets. Then disinfect all knobs, pull, countertops and the sink. Once again, finish the work by sweeping and mopping the floor.


The room that will be the most challenging to you is the kitchen. Here, you can expect to find all sorts of gunk, goo and dust that an average cleaning would miss. Expect to spend more time here than in any of the other rooms.

Begin to work from the top to the bottom. That means dusting the light fixtures and fan, wiping off the dust on top of the cabinet, and cleaning off the top of the refrigerator. You can also pull out the refrigerator and clean behind it, concentrating on the wall first and then the floor. This might also be a good time to add a fresh coat of paint to the kitchen once the cleaning is done.

Pull out the over and clean underneath it too. Open the oven and the microwave and clean out both, disinfecting the same. Wipe down all cabinets and shelves, then clean out each drawer. Open the refrigerator and give it a thorough wipe down. Disinfect nearly everything, especially the sink. End your efforts by sweeping and mopping the kitchen floor. 

Living Spaces

The rest of your house includes the living spaces — living room, dining room, family room and the bedrooms. Each room has its own priorities, but it is safe to say that you will be doing much dusting of light fixtures, fans, tops of walls and various nooks and crannies.

Here, you will want to wash down blinds and other window fixtures, clean the curtains and drapes, wipe down moldings and doors, clean baseboards, disinfect door knobs and wash the windows.

For each bedroom, clean the closets from top to bottom. Add an air freshener and if you are concerned about moths, then use moth repellant. Put hangars in place. Check that the light bulbs are working — replace those that have burned out. Vacuum the carpeting, dust the floors and disinfect surfaces.

Getting it Done

Cleaning an entire house is a lot of work. Getting it done before the moving company arrives makes it easier explains the North American Moving Company. And without anyone else underfoot — your spouse, children and pets — you will have this project done in no time!