How To Clean The Kitchen Before You Move Into Your New Home

by Kim Archer 06/09/2019

Moving into a new house will require a little bit of cleaning and the kitchen is probably the first place to start. You will want to get rid of the former resident's cooking smells as well as make it reflect your personal taste because you and your family will spend a lot of time. Here are a few tips on cleaning the kitchen in your new home.

  1. Clean the Oven and Stove - Take a look inside your oven, and if it’s needed, use an oven-cleaner. The solution should take about 20 to 30 minutes to work, giving you the time you need to clean the rest of the stove. Be sure to check under the hood and make use of a grease remover if the regular cleaners aren't working well enough at getting off the grease out. After cleaning the top and front of the stove, move it away from the wall and then wash its backside. You should also clean the sides too, as well as the front panel and temperature dials.
  2. Clean the Fridge - Having cleaned the stove and oven, you can now tackle the refrigerator. While likely cleared out by the previous owners, nevertheless, it's always a good idea to clean it thoroughly. A thorough cleaning means removing the drawers and bins and cleaning them out. You should wash the inside walls and shelves too, removing everything that can be removed and soaking it in the sink separately. If the fridge sat disconnected from power, scrub the inside and clean it carefully if it needs it. If it hasn’t been unplugged, then you should do that and let it warm up a little before scrubbing it, as this will make it easier. A soft cloth works perfectly at wiping down, as anything tougher will scratch the surface. Be sure to clean beneath the fridge, as well as the top and sides too.
  3. Clean the Floors - If your new home already came with a carpet installed, you should probably hire professional cleaners to steam clean them before you and your family move in. Where that won’t be possible for you, a thorough vacuum will probably suffice. Confirm from the previous owners if they had any pets, so you know how to take precautions against possible fleas, particularly if you are moving with pets of your own. Where the floors are wooden or faux wood, thoroughly sweep the floor, cleaning the underside of heating vents and all stationary appliances. 

When you finish, you can take a well-deserved break to go say hello to your new neighbors.

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Kim Archer

Real Estate Professional (17 years experience)

Specialties: Buyer's Agent, Listing Agent, Relocation

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Beginning my career in June of 2002, was the just beginning of my journey. At the end of the 3 month training I was awarded Top Listing Agent, Top Selling Agent and Top Producer from my graduating class and my office.  I was also awarded Rookie of the Year after being in the business for 6 months.  Dedication, hard work and a great team of lenders, escrow officers, title companies and home warranty companies has helped me become the best I can be. I have also had the honor to be part of First Team Real Estates Hall of Fame Top Producers since the very beginning.  I have also be nominated by my colleagues in Orange County as Broker Agent and had a magazine published with this honor.

As of 2010, I made the switch to Evergreen Realty and have continued to help sellers get top dollar and buyers achieve their dream of becoming homeowner.  Working at Evergreen I have achieved Top 10 agent on a consistent basis.