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Ready for Move-in: Essential Tasks After Renovating Your Home

From cleaning to safety checks and more, learn some of the essential things you need to do after renovating your home.

Renovating your home can be a transformative and exciting experience, but before embarking on that journey, you should have listed all the things you will need to do after renovating your home. This list will help you clear the path of the renovation process, and add those personal touches, you’ll easily spot what you need and what not. Tag along as we explore the essential things to do after the renovation is completed.

There will be a lot of cleaning to do, safety checks, and using products for around the home. For example, you may need to add extra sealants for the bathroom or an extra moisture absorber.

Things to Do After House Renovation

Your house renovations are finally done, after a lot of hard work, contractors, and whatnot. What’s next? The first thing you need to do is walk your house, and check every room, every bathroom, and every corner!

Your next step would be cleaning and arranging your furniture and decor like most people would recommend, but before that, there is some stuff you need to take care of immediately after any renovation:

  • Do one last check out of the house with your contractor, look for any imperfections, check all the corners, and ask any questions you have. Check out the plumbing, make sure it works perfectly, and check out all the electrical outlets.
  • Remove any big debris or scrap left after renovation, look for stuff like plastic containers, boxes, paint cans, and used brushes. Get rid of all of that.
  • Search for any VOC (Volatile Organic Compounds) from the material used, like adhesives, paints, sealants, and anything related. Most of those materials can be the source of respiratory problems, allergies, or headaches.
  • Open all the doors and windows to ventilate each room and get rid of the VOCs and other strong smells.
  • Use a hard clinging product or a pressure vapor cleaner to sanitize and disinfect each room.
  • Remove dust, all you can, before deep cleaning.

Deep Cleaning After Renovation

The most important task after renovation is deep cleaning the house, but you must do it BEFORE arranging the furniture and decor. Make sure the house is in perfect condition, this means you already checked everything with your contractor. If everything is in place and no more changes will be made, start cleaning. At this stage it’s possible that you might find evidence of pests, but this is probably the best time to make such a discovery. If you do end up finding any signs of pests in your home, whether it’s fleas or ticks, rodents, cockroaches or any other pest, hire PA aptive pest control services or that of a professional company where you live to make sure your home is clean and safe.

But before, get the right gear and tools to do it. You want to be completely prepared and on top of it, since this cleaning is not like regular house cleaning. Here’s a list of tools and gear:

  • Get a pair of face masks, glasses, and gloves.
  • Multipurpose cleaning products, soap, wood cleaner, and window cleaner.
  • Cleaning products for floors, stain removers, fresheners, and carpet cleaners.
  • A bucket and mop
  • Dustpan, broom
  • Cloths, microfiber cloths
  • Tools for cleaning windows
  • A powerful vacuum

Areas to Clean After Renovation

After you get all the tools and gear, you’re set to start cleaning. You need to clean all areas of your house, but there should be some areas that need more attention than others.

Here are the spaces and objects you must deep clean after a house renovation:

Wall and Floors

The floor will be your main focus since that’s where most of the debris and dust ended. You need to remove scrap or debris from the floor, start by using a broom to gather as much dust and debris as you can, then use a powerful vacuum to get most of the dust, focus on any dusty surface, and take advantage and sweep the walls as well.

After vacuuming, you can use regular cleaning products and mop or microfiber cloth to clean the floor and walls. You can use water if needed.

Carpet

If you had a carpet and covered it with plastic before the renovations, I still highly suggest that you clean it after renovation and after removing the plastic. To clean your carpets deeply, you’ll need a powerful vacuum, the regular one won’t get the job done.

If your vacuum is not powerful enough, and you can get one easily, you’re better off getting a professional to clean the carpets.

Doors, and Closets

Doors can get dirty and accumulate a significant amount of dust and debris. To thoroughly clean them, use a microfiber cloth while the door is open to ensure every corner is reached. Depending on the material of your door, you can use a regular cleaning product or one specifically designed for wood.

Also, It’s crucial to pay attention to details like doorknobs and other items on the doors. Extend this cleaning process to closets as well, and ensure that every nook and cranny is taken care of. 

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