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What should we do before moving into a new house, while the house is empty?

Asked by RocketSquid (3475points) May 23rd, 2011

Long story short, roommate bought a house, getting the keys a week before we move in.

The question is, what kind of maintenance/cleaning/prep work should we do to the house before moving our stuff in? The other roommate and I are going to be running cables, but I was thinking of other things such as bug bombing and carpet cleaning that we can do before we move in the furniture. Any suggestions?

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Adirondackwannabe's avatar

Do the carpet cleaning and any painting before you move your stuff in. It’s much less of a pain than working around stuff. Why would it need bug bombing?

LuckyGuy's avatar

If you have hardwood floors there will never be a better time to have them refinished. You can rent a floor sander or have it done.
You can also put insulation in the basement if you don’t have it already.

BBSDTfamily's avatar

I was going to suggest carpet cleaning and painting/touching up walls like @Adirondackwannabe did. Also, do all of the deep cleaning- baseboards, light fixtures, cleaning the blinds, etc. before you get the furniture in. If you have dusty blinds, I think the best way to clean them is take them off and lay them in a bathtub of water with a little bleach.

JLeslie's avatar

Get new toilet seats. They cost about $25 each.

Blueroses's avatar

Oh, make sure all the carpet is taut. Use a carpet stretcher and tack it down tight against the walls. It’s bloody impossible after your furniture is in.

wundayatta's avatar

Paint the walls colors you want to live with. If you get new toilet seats, get the kind the let themselves down. They cost more but are so, so worth it.

linguaphile's avatar

Do anything you want to the ceilings while there’s nothing in the house. With furniture in the house, wall painting can be a pain, but it’s nothing compared to working on ceilings while climbing over furniture! Also cleaning up after ceiling work is easier if there’s nothing but tarp/liner on the floor.

WestRiverrat's avatar

Bug bombing would be a good idea, it will eliminate a lot of pests before you get in and settled. It will eliminate most of the insects that may have moved in with the previous owners, or when the realtors were showing the house.

It is also a good time to change light fixtures and add smoke and carbon monoxide detectors.

cheebdragon's avatar

Clean, clean, clean, and then clean one more time.

WestRiverrat's avatar

Have you radon tested the house? If not do so, it is cheap and the fix is relatively simple.

YARNLADY's avatar

I would call in a professional house cleaner and have them do the walls, ceilings, fixtures and every other surface. That is far less expensive than re-painting.

tedibear's avatar

Replace all of the locks. You have no idea who may still have keys to the place.

Neizvestnaya's avatar

Clean ceiling fan blades.
Take down blinds/shades and give them a good dusting or hosing off.
Steam clean tiled areas.
Drill for and install any curtains hardware.
Scrub bedroom/bathroom/closet doors and give a fresh coat of paint.
Inspect and replace splintery closet rods.
Set up closet shelves/dividers.

laureth's avatar

If you are spiritual in any way, it’s a good time to have a house blessing or cleansing ritual.

Native American: Smudging
Asatru: Landtaking
Catholic: House Blessing
Jewish: Install a Mezuzah
Buddhist: House Blessing
Nondenominational: House Blessing

woodcutter's avatar

Go through the home with a smudge stick.You want to remove negative energy as soon as possible.

cheebdragon's avatar

Yeah! Get rid of ghosts before you move your stuff in…! Some ghosts can be so damn inconsiderate…

jca's avatar

Wash the windows before putting up any window treatments.

Clean out the insides of the kitchen cabinets, even if they appear clean.

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