Timing is everything especially when it comes to moving out of your old home and into your new home. We know you're very excited to get in your new home and start making it your own, but it's best to have a few days as a buffer between moving out of your old home and moving in your new one. So you're starting with a clean slate, there are a few quick tasks you should take care of before moving into your new home.
Before diving right in and trying to figure everything out on your own - which might sound like a great idea - just this once you should think again. Here’s where it might be beneficial to enlist the help family and friends (in exchange for a beverages and pizza of course) who have the knowledge about homes and how they tick. You might be surprised at what they divulge and will definitely learn a lot more than you think. Consider it their housewarming gift to you! And thanks to their expertise (or a little online helper named Google), here’s a simple checklist to start your new home-ownership on the right foot.
This is #1 for a reason! Changing all the lock protects your investment along with providing peace of mind. You never know who might have a spare key even though the last homeowner gave you a few a the closing. By doing this it ensures you’re the only person who has access. Install new locks on your own or if you prefer a professional do this just call a locksmith and they’ll have it done in no time.
Steam clean carpets
Do this before you’ve already moved your furniture in so get every square inch of carpet clean. And how great will it feel to move in knowing all the carpets fresh and clean! Save some money and ask your friends if they have a steam cleaner to borrow or you could rent one for a reasonable rate to get this done yourself. Of course you could hire a professional but most services require a minimum amount or charge per room.
Check all plumbing for leaks
Although your home inspector should have already done this for you, it never hurts to double-check. It’s unlikely you’ll find anything, but in the event you do you’ll be happy you checked. Also keep an eye out for dripping faucets and running toilets, and make sure to also check around your water heater as well as in your basement.
Wipe out the cabinets
Another simple step before you move in your dishes and bathroom supplies. Wipe inside and out with any kitchen cleaner - it’s that simple! And you’ll be happy you took the time because there’s a chance you may find the remnants of little critters roaming around the cabinets. Which leads us to the final tip...
It’s an unpleasant subject but one you may have to familiarize yourself with. Critters such as mice, rats, bats, ants, and any other uninvited guests creep into your home without an invitation. You’re sure to find any number of DIY ways to get rid of pests by simply walking the aisles your local hardware store. But if you find these methods aren’t working, schedule a visit with a pest removal service so they can rid your home of these unwanted guests - for good!
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