What to do Before You Move into Your New Home

(July 13, 2017 , posted in Buying)

Moving into a new home is an exciting time, and you're probably daydreaming about decor and paint schemes and new  urniture. But before you get into the fun stuff, there are some basics you should cover first and it's best to do these before you move in as it will save you time, money and give you peace of mind...

Change the locks

Even if you're promised that new locks have been installed in your home, you can never be too careful. It's worth the money to have the peace of mind that comes with knowing that no one else has the keys to your home. Changing the locks can be a DIY project, or you can call in a locksmith for a little extra money.

Call an Inspector

If for some reason you did not have a pre-purchase inspection, it's still a good idea to ask a Certified Home Inspector to come and do a thorough walk through of your new home. Not only will this help you get to know the house really well but it will also alert you to any issues that may be coming up in the near future so you can plan and prepare for the work both with your budget and your time.  

Steam clean the carpets

It's good to get a fresh start with your floors before you start decorating. The previous owners may have had pets, young children, or just some plain old clumsiness. Take the time to steam clean the carpets so that your floors are free of stains and allergens. It's pretty easy and affordable to rent a steam cleaner-your local grocery store may have them available. And doing it in an empty space is super fast!

Call an Exterminator

Prior to move-in, you probably haven't spent enough time in the house to get a view of any pests that may be lurking. If you are at all suspicious, call an exterminator to take care of any mice, insects, and other critters that may be hiding in your home.

Clean out the kitchen

If the previous occupants wanted to skip on some of their cleaning duties when they moved out, the kitchen is where they probably cut corners. Wipe down the inside of cabinets, clean out the refrigerator, clean the oven, and clean in the nooks and crannies underneath the appliances.

Fresh Paint

There is no better time to paint than right before you move in.  An empty house is quick and easy to paint. 
Fresh, clean walls will make any home look and feel new again and it will fix any nicks or scratches on the wall that may not have been noticeable when there was furniture in the home.  You'll be happy you did! 

Good to Know!