You’ve just purchased your new home. Now what? Here are a things to do before you move the first box in:
Change the locks – When you move into a new home there is no way to know how many people have copies of the keys. The best thing you can do for your safety and the safety of your home is to change the locks. Change the locks yourself for as little as $10 per lock or have a locksmith. A locksmith may cost anywhere from $60-$260 depending on how many locks need replacing. On the same note, it is a good idea to also change or reprogram your garage doors/door opener codes. No matter the cost, keeping your family safe is worth it.
Paint – A new coat of paint is the fastest way to refresh the look of your home and it is so much easier to paint an empty house than a full one. You have a unique opportunity to do as much painting and as many touch-up or repairs that you want to do without any obstacles in your way.
Deep clean – You bought a new home, start it off right in a clean home. Steam clean carpets before you move in. Carpet can hold a lot of dirt, have yours cleaned before you bring in your furniture. Wipe out your cabinets with a non-toxic cleaner and replace contact paper if necessary. Wash the windows, floors and even walls. Spraying for insects/rodents isn’t a bad idea either, you can never be too cautious or clean! Hiring a professional cleaning service will be well worth it, to start your life in a clean new home.
Check appliance maintenance – Most issues with appliances and your home in general will be found in your home inspection but it doesn’t hurt to check again. If you move appliances into your new home make sure nothing was damaged in the move and everything is still working. If you are moving into a home with that has appliances in it already make sure all of them are in working order. Change your furnace filter and check the maintenance log on your furnace. Clean out dryer vents to prevent fires and optimize your dryer time. Check your water heater temperature and maintenance log. Check smoke/fire detectors and carbon monoxide detectors. Replacing the batteries in all the detectors throughout your home and testing is probably one of the most important things you can do. Create a home maintenance checklist and include tasks you want to remind yourself to do on a regular basis.
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