Moving into a new home is an exciting (and exhausting) time. And you’re probably daydreaming about decor and paint schemes and new furniture. But before you get into the creative and stuff, there are some basics you should cover first.
Safety first: Change the locks
Even if you’re promised that new locks have been installed in your home, you can never be too careful. It’s worth the money to have the peace of mind that comes with knowing that no one else has the keys to your home. Changing the locks can be an afternoon DIY project, or you can call in a locksmith for a small charge. I want to you to save your energy for the fun stuff, so make the decision and knock it out.
Start Fresh: 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. Or take a minute to ask around for a good housekeeper or housekeeping team, (if you don’t have one already) and get them in there to knock that out quickly.
Even if you had a great inspection: Call an exterminator
Prior to move-in, you probably had an inspection of the home. The report let you know if you have termites or as our industry likes to say, “wood destroying organisms,” in the home. Since you haven’t spent enough time in the house to get a view of any pests that may be lurking from a clean pest inspection, it’s best call an exterminator anyway. They’ll take care of any mice, insects, and other critters that may be hiding in your new home. No one wants those kind of tenants living with them, especially in your new home!
If the previous occupants wanted to skip on some of their cleaning duties when they moved out, the kitchen is where they probably cut corners. Again, if you have the means, hire a housekeeper to knock this out quickly so you can move your stuff in quicker. Make sure you (or they) wipe down the inside of cabinets, clean out the refrigerator, clean the oven, and clean in the nooks and crannies underneath the appliances. Also, run the dishwasher on the highest and hottest settings to give you a fresh canvas in there as well.
Hopefully this information was helpful to you! Look for another tip next week!
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