Moving into a new home is an exciting time, and you’re probably daydreaming about decor and paint schemes and new furniture. But before you get into the fun stuff, there are some basics you should cover first.
Before you move anything into the home, take photos. You will want to see how the home has changed from the time you moved in, to the time that you moved out.
Change the Locks
You never know if any neighbors or family members of the previous home owner had a spare key. Changing the locks can be a DIY project, or you can call in a locksmith for a little extra money.
Check Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Detectors
These should have been tested during the home inspection but go around and test each one to make sure they are in working order.
Make Sure Utilities Are On
This is obvious but make sure your electricity is working and that your internet service is on. Check your refrigerator to make the sure the temperature is where it should be and let it run for a bit before you put food in it.
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.
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. Call an exterminator to take care of any mice, insects, and other critters that may be hiding in your home.
Clean the Kitchen and Bathrooms
Wipe down the inside of cabinets, clean out the refrigerator, clean the oven, and clean in the nooks and crannies underneath the appliances. And the bathroom is a no brainer – some people even choose to put in new toilet seats.
Moving is a lot of work, but try to sit back and enjoy the process and turn it into a fun memory.