Imagine you’ve just closed on your brand new home and are excited to settle in as soon as possible. Before you start to make yourself at home, there are a few things you should take care of during the moving process to make life easier down the road. We suggest doing these 7 things before you start to unload the moving truck and unpack your belongings.
When you get the keys to your new home, check all the rooms to ensure everything is as agreed upon during the sale. You will want to make sure that everything looks as expected. Doing this before moving anything inside will prevent you from having to move it all out if something is amiss.
Although you are the new owner and receive the primary set of keys, you don’t know how many spare keys there may be floating around. Hiring a locksmith to replace the locks and get new keys will give you peace of mind that no one else can enter your house but you.
While an empty space may look clean, there are still likely remnants of previous owners. Conduct a deep clean to get rid of any dirt, grime, and germs that have been left behind. To make this easier, pack a box of cleaning essentials apart from the rest of your belongings for easy access to supplies. If you are already tired from the moving process, you may want to consider hiring a professional cleaner. The pros have the heavy-duty equipment and the know-how to get your home thoroughly clean.
The toilet seats are a heavily used and germ-infested part of the house. Spare some cleaning time by replacing the old seats with new ones, and have peace of mind that you were the first and only to use them.
Check the home for any cracks and holes that pests may be able to sneak into, and fill them with caulking. Check for bugs in the house and if necessary, hire an exterminator to spray for future pest prevention.
You won’t know when the previous owners last changed the filters, so it is a good idea to change them as soon as you move in. Having fresh filters will prevent extra dust, and allow you to track when they were replaced for changing them regularly in the future.
While cleaning your home, look around for any potential safety hazards and correct them. Make sure the dryer and vent are free from lint, change the batteries in the smoke and carbon monoxide detectors, and find a place to store a fire extinguisher in the kitchen.
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