Roll up Your Sleeves

If you’re moving into a house that has been vacant for a while, there is probably some cleanup to do. It doesn’t matter if the previous owners left the home in good condition or not; there are some universal realities about a stagnant home, no matter how clean it was when it was left.

Chances are that there is a fine layer of dust over everything, as well as some unwelcome tenants that have moved in. Do a walk through your new home and prepare for some elbow grease to make it livable again.

  • There is almost nothing more horrific than discovering an infestation of bugs that moved in while the house was empty. Before doing anything else, bug-bomb the house for spider pest control, as well as for any fleas, roaches or any other unwanted roommate.
  • Vacuum every room in the house. Don’t just do it once, do it multiple times in all directions. You’ve just killed God knows what residing in your home, so be sure that all remnants are cleaned off your floor and thrown away.
  • Sweep and dust. Get all dust, hair, and dead bugs off of surfaces like tile floors, countertops and window sills.
  • Give the windows and window tracks a good scrub-down. Use an all-purpose solution on the glass and in the tracks to clean off grease, dust and buildup first. Use a rag and an old toothbrush to get the gunk out of the tracks, then use window cleaner on the glass to make it sparkle. You’ll be amazed at how much brighter the house looks when there’s no grime on your windows.

It takes some doing to turn an empty house into a home. Get started cleaning it up before your actual moving day to ensure a clean, fresh home when you arrive.