Moving day, what an exciting time. You’ve handled the stress of closing on your home, and it is finally time for you to reap the rewards of homeownership. Now that this house is officially your home, what should you do? Of course you’ll make little changes, maybe paint, hang curtains, arrange furniture, you know, all that fun stuff. But some things should be done, and sometimes in all the excitement we forget, or maybe didn’t even think about it. Here are 6 things that may not be fun, but definitely will be helpful once you move into your new home:
- Change the locks. Sure you got the keys, but do you have all the keys? Who else did the previous owner give keys too? To make sure that you are the only one who has access to your home, invest in changing the locks. It is a cheap fix that can help give you a peace of mind.
- Check for leaks. If you had a home inspection, this should have been looked into before closing on the home, and checked during final inspection. But it never hurts to double check before you start filling up the cabinets and putting things in the bathroom.
- Steam clean carpets. Sure the contract may have stated to have carpets cleaned. And if it did, make sure there was a receipt to prove they were cleaned. But the best way to know that they are completely clean before you move in, is to have them done before your furniture gets in. Otherwise, a carpet may have been cleaned before closing but still had a bunch of people walking all over it, or pets on it.
- Wipe out cabinets. Give your cabinets a good cleaning and wipe down. Sure they may look clean, but you never know how clean they really are, or what they were cleaned with.
- Check for critters. While the house is empty, check for critters. Search for holes that they can enter in, look for feces, and nests. Handle what you find accordingly.
- Find your circuit breaker/main water valve. Find your circuit breaker and see if it is labeled. If it is not, take the time to figure out which breaker goes to which part of the house. This will eliminate guessing later on, when you need it. Also, find your main water valve. That way if there is a plumbing emergency, you’ll be able to turn the water off immediately.