Renting? Here’s What You Have to Clean Before You Unpack!

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What you need to clean before you move in and unpack.

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Whenever you are moving into a new apartment or a house, there is a high chance that someone lived there before you. Unless you know for yourself that space is brand new, then you can’t trust your landlord 100%.

With that in mind, as a new tenant, you will be extra cautious the first week or so, until you adjust to the new living space. One of the best ways to accept your new house as a home is to take care of it before you even move in. Things like cleaning, changing some sanitary appliances and reordering the way the furniture is, in order to suit your personal taste are all great examples of first to-do things.

But you can’t accomplish anything great unless you have a plan and knowing what you have to do.


Bucket icon, Why Deep Cleaning is Important Before Moving in?

Not only deep cleaning your new home is good for getting to know the place, it’s also a pretty good way to sanitize the place that you’re going to live in.
It often takes up some time to clean thoroughly the whole house, but it’s always a good idea to do so before you even unpack.

There are a lot of things that you have to consider before you begin deep cleaning, and we are going over all of them. After you know what to do when you start, the task of deep cleaning your new home will seem much less annoying and it will be just another thing to complete.


List Icon Making a List

We mentioned above that it’s very important to have a plan before you start to deep clean the house. That’s why we created the Fantastic Deep Clean To-Do List!

  1. Scout the house
    Before you start doing any cleaning scout the place. Try to find the hidden dirty spots and mark them on paper. Look under beds, behind couches, and most importantly behind any kitchen appliances. You’d be surprised how dirty behind the oven can be.
  2. Make a plan
    It’s easy to start, but often times you’ll find yourself trying to keep away from areas that you’ve already cleaned, but you need to use. That’s why it’s important to know when to start from. This varies from house to house, because of the layout, so it’s on you to figure it out.
  3. Do the dirtiest things first
    Before you vacuum and dust the place, you should do the dirtiest things first. Clean behind furniture and any other places that you’ve found in Step 2!

Bin icon Things That You Have to Throw Away When Moving In

A new home may be a new start for you, or not. However, it should always be a second life for the house or apartment.

Doesn’t matter if you are renting, or you’ve bought a place that someone else lived in before you move in, there are some things that you have to get rid of. The list isn’t long, so it would be fairly inexpensive to replace with brand new ones or your own.

  1. The toilet seat/seats.
    It’s gross thinking that someone else used the toilet seat before you. You can get a brand new toilet seat fairly inexpensive, so there are no excuses to keep the old one! Having more than one toilet? Then change them all.
  2. Rugs.
    Rugs can be dirty and can contain a lot of microorganisms on them. If you really like the one that is already in there you can try to save it.
  3. Any bathroom curtains.
    Having bathroom curtains that have been there before you move? Well, you can’t ever tell for how long they’ve been sitting there. However, there is a chance the landlord changed it before you moved in so contact him and ask.
  4. Any cutlery.
    It’s always best to bring your own cutlery, so make sure to either store the ones that have been there or throw them away.
  5. The mattress.
    It’s not mandatory to throw away the mattress, and if you can clean it then definitely do so. As mattresses are not very cheap, then we would suggest requesting one from your landlord.
  6. Any old pillows.
    This is pretty self-explanatory. Just throw them away.

Of course, this list isn’t 100% full, because every household is different. If there are some things that you’d want to fix, clean or throw away, then definitely do so.

Renting definitely has its perks. If you know how to deal with them it will be tenfold easier, rather than going into action without an idea of what you have to do.

And after you’ve cleaned everything voila! Now your new living place has a touch of you in it, bringing you one step closer to making it home.

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