Congratulations! You’ve signed the papers, have the keys to your new home, and you can’t wait to move in. But before you step inside your new abode make sure you check all of these items off your to do list to have an easy and smooth transition:
1. Change the Locks
You don’t know how many people could have had a set of keys to your new place. So to be safe go to your local Home Depot (or any home hardware store) and get a new set of lock and keys. They do run on the less expensive side of things, and you will sleep soundly at night knowing you made this change.
Your new home should be completely empty at this point, making it the perfect time to get your painting out of the way. You have no furniture you have to move, draperies or mirrors to take down which makes it easier to get this task done. So whether you’re doing it yourself or hiring professionals, make sure you give yourself time before the movers arrive so the paint is nice and dry.
3. Change your floors
Hate the beige carpets the previous owners have laid down? Well get your perfect flooring in before your furniture comes. Like mentioned above, the house is vacant at this point giving yourself or professional workers plenty of space and room to work comfortably
4. Clean everywhere
Get your buckets, brooms, mops, vacuum, and cleaners ready! Even though the previous owners may have cleaned the house, it’s always nice to have a peace of mind and know you’ve cleaned to your standards, and to know every room has been cleaned. Rooms like the bathroom and the kitchen are essential to have cleaned before you move in, since these are the places that could carry a lot of bacteria.
5. Take care of any repairs
Home inspector mentioned you have to take care of some plumbing or electrical work? Make sure the most important tasks get done first, you’ll be thanking yourself down the road when other repairs may creep up on you.
6. Set up your utilities
Contact the hydro, gas and cable/internet companies to have them set up before you set foot inside your new home. The last thing you’ll want to worry about is not having any light or hot water when you’re there.
7. Change your address
Make sure all your mail and (unfortunately) bills get sent to your most current address. You don’t want to be late on certain bills or miss an important piece of mail.
Make sure to check all these items off your list and you’ll be sure to have an easy and smooth transition into your new place.