#1 Thing To Do After You Purchase A New Home

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©by Patricia Feager, 6/30/2017

 

PROFESSIONALLY CLEAN YOUR NEW HOME

Create a plan before the movers come to unload your furniture and possessions to professionally deep clean before you move in. The house may be vacant, it may look clean, but from a hygiene standpoint, is it really germ free? Germs can linger! You don't want invisible freeloaders. 

 

In a previous post I wrote on What Can I Do to Attract Buyers? I wanted to be sure prospective Buyers take precautions and cleaning seriously. If you don't have time to read my article, there's one take-away I'd like to share use nontoxic, environmentally friendly cleaning supplies and be sure to clean and sterilize every inch before moving into the property. Everyone knows the Kitchen and the Master Bedroom and Bath are one of the most important reasons why people choose a house; however, thoroughly cleaning it before you start your life in your new home is more important. If you have a new baby, you owe it to them to not take chances. 

 

WHY CLEAN?

Be a part of the solution, not the problem and protect yourself and your family. You may know something about the previous owners or tenants but you don't know everything. Were they healthy or sick? Clean or dirty? Rich or poor? Germs have no boundaries; nor do they discriminate. They live everywhere. The previous occupants may be gone but did they leave their germs behind? If it doesn't come clean, replace and don't forget to repair and replace right the first time. According to the Center for Disease Control, "flu germs can linger on surfaces from two to eight hours - longer on harder surfaces like Stainless Steel than something porous like the fabric of your couch."

 

CLEANING TIPS

  • Meticulous cleaning of equipment and rooms between sellers and buyers or tenants.
  • Rigorous hand hygiene when cleaning and food preparation.
  • Change air filters.
  • Don't put off cleaning - prevent germs from spreading!
  • Meticulously clean toilets, tubs, showers, faucets, mirrors, cabinets, and floors.
  • Buy safe cleaning products before new furniture.
  • Disinfect kitchen and bath with bleach.
  • Use soap and water.
  • Use cleaning gloves. 
  • Out with the old and expired.
  • If you don't know where something came from, get rid of it!

"The objective of cleaning is not just to clean, but

to feel happiness living within that environment." --- Maria Kondo

 

 

Patricia's Tip of the Week

©Clean like everybody's watching!

 

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Kathy Streib
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Patricia- I'd say a good therapist might make something out of the toilet seat phobias (which I too have! LOL) I can remember on a few of our moves no matter how meticulous the previous owner was, Larry had his model home crew come out to the house to clean everything including wiping all of the kitchen cabinets!

Jul 01, 2017 11:22 AM #33
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Kathy Streib
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                         Thank you Patricia Feager 

Jul 01, 2017 05:45 PM #34
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Michael Jacobs
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Hi Patricia -- great advice.   Start off as fresh as possible in your new home.   

Jul 02, 2017 04:25 AM #35
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Myrl Jeffcoat
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Excellent tips and suggestions for homebuyers, Patricia.  It is important to thoroughly clean a home, preferably before moving in.

Jul 02, 2017 05:31 AM #36
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Kathy Streib - You're a dear and wonderful friend to everyone on AR and I know you have a passion for helping consumers too. Thank you for including me in your weekly features.

Patricia

Jul 02, 2017 05:48 AM #37
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Anna Banana Kruchten, CRS - I'm thrilled to be featured in Bananatudes! What a cool honor and greatly appreciated too!

Jul 02, 2017 05:48 AM #38
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Myrl Jeffcoat - Buyers get so caught up in the excitement of the move it's a good remingere to know how important for health and safety to include cleaning as a precursor to the move-in. 

Thank you!

Jul 02, 2017 05:51 AM #39
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Michael Jacobs - Everyone deserves a fresh slate for every new beginning!

Thank you!

Jul 02, 2017 05:52 AM #40
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Gene Mundt, IL/WI Mortgage Originator - FHA/VA/Conv/Jumbo/Portfolio/Refi - When I think about the subject it makes me ill to think about how many germs could be avoided if only people took precautionary measures. With today's medical costs and all the problems with structuring a replacement for obamacare, we need to wake up and start a disciplined cleaning campaign to stay out of hospitals and ER's too!

Jul 02, 2017 06:03 AM #41
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Wayne Martin
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Good morning Patricia. Can't believe I missed this and had to be reminded by Kathy! Enjoy your day! 

Jul 02, 2017 06:45 AM #42
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Wayne Martin - You are always forgiven! I'm blessed to now you. Thank you for all your support. You're a great man and member of ActiveRain. 

Jul 02, 2017 06:55 AM #43
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Terrific post! I can see why Kathy chose to high light it this week!

Jul 02, 2017 06:59 AM #44
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I can't imagine buying a home and not cleaning it before moving in.

Jul 02, 2017 09:36 AM #45
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Marte Cliff
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I agree - clean and disinfect before you move in.

I shudder when I think of some of the repo homes I've sold - and what the buyers did when they got possession. I visited one house a couple of hours after closing and found a baby crawling on a carpet that probably hadn't been shampooed in ten years.

Jul 02, 2017 10:44 AM #46
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I totally agree. I definitely would make cleaning a number one priority.

Jul 02, 2017 12:48 PM #47
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Patrica

Your tips on cleaning your home after you purchase it are great tips.

Good luck and success.

Lou Ludwig

Jul 02, 2017 07:24 PM #48
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I came back to re-read, Patricia Feager 

It's really an important matterfor buyers to keep in mind, and money well-spent early on once you own the home.

Jeff

Jul 02, 2017 10:44 PM #49
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Gita Bantwal
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This is good advice for home buyers. Thank you for sharing.

Jul 03, 2017 08:00 AM #50
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Sharon Tara
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OMG...singing my tune here Patricia. I'm a bit over the top when it comes to this subject. Another thing I would add is take precautions to deal with the potential threat of bed bugs. They aren't just in beds, they can be hiding in the wood trim and in the carpet. We had a bed bug scare once and I've never quite recovered. I'm overy cautious now.

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I would not have thought of this... great idea to professionally clean your home !

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