One of the first things you’ll likely want to do before unpacking your moving boxes is some basic cleaning. Heavy-duty cleaning can wait. Instead, on your first night in your new home, strive for a quick scrub down of necessary surfaces. This will be just enough cleaning for one night, and it will not take too long, allowing you time to get to bed at a decent hour.

Along with packing cleaning supplies, it’s also a good idea to bring some toolbox standards. There may be some immediate household repairs that need attention, so preparing for that possibility can be helpful in an otherwise potentially stressful situation. You’ll have plenty of time to fix any major issues, change that outdated paint color in the kitchen and re-carpet the guest room, so focus only on your critical “punch list” items the first night.

The following is a list of items we recommend for home cleaning and maintenance on the first night in your new house: