Moving into a new home is exciting! You’ve probably already got your ideas about accessories, new color schemes, and the perfect furniture. But before you work your magic, there are some basics you should cover first.
Change the locks
Don’t let your excitement make you lose sight of your security. Even if you were told that new locks had been installed in your home, it’s better to be safe than sorry in this case. Often, previous residents may still have several copies of the keys even though the contract states that all keys must be surrendered upon final sale of the property. 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 is a great DIY project, or you can call in a locksmith if you’re willing to spend the extra money.
Give your new house a deep clean
The previous owners may have done some cleaning before the sale, but you will still want to give it a good deep cleaning, so it’s up to your standards. It will really start to feel like home once you give every room a fresh, clean start.
The floors are particularly important to clean. The previous owners may have had pets, young children, worn shoes in the house, or spilled a drink or two. Take the time to steam clean the carpets so that your floors are free of stains, odors, and allergens. It’s pretty easy and affordable to rent a steam cleaner—you can hire a professional if you are willing to spend the extra money.
Change the toilet seats
Of course, we all know that the bathroom is a hotbed of germs and bacteria! In fact, the toilet seat is one of the grimiest spots in a house. Rather than spending your time cleaning them, remove them, and replace them with brand new seats. There’s nothing like the peace of mind that comes from sitting on a brand new seat, knowing your family has christened them.
Call an exterminator (if it wasn’t part of your pre-purchase inspection process)
Before move-in, you probably didn’t spend enough time in the house to notice whether any pests were lurking around. Call an exterminator to take care of any critters that may be hiding in your home. This could be even more relevant if the house were vacant for an extended period. Pest technicians will look for wood-damaging insects like termites, carpenter ants, and beetles, as well as look for other existing issues that would breed pest problems, such as damp areas or existing populations of ants, mice, spiders and more, yikes!
Before you buy a new home, let us help you put together the perfect “Move-In” checklist to ensure you don’t miss a thing!