You have searched and searched and now you think you have finally found the home you want to move in to. And you also think this home is move-in ready. But is any home ever truly in “move-in” condition? If the home is brand new construction, then this may be the case. But if your home is even a couple years old, then there are probably at least a few things you should do when you move in. Here are a few things you should do before you move your belongings into your new home:
Change Your Locks
If any one has ever lived in your new home before, you should change any locks with a key before moving in to the home. There is no way to know for sure how many copies of the current lock’s keys were made and if anyone still has one, so to ensure safety for your home and your family you should always change the locks to be sure only people you trust have a copy of a key.
Complete A Deep Clean
Your new home probably looks clean on the surface, but that doesn’t mean that a thorough deep cleaning was done prior to you moving in. Before you begin moving any of your own personal belongings and furniture into your new home, you should make sure the carpets and floors are thoroughly cleaned and deep clean in-between appliances, beside cabinets, and in other typically hard to reach places. You should also make sure your home is properly treated both inside and outside to prevent insects and other pests.
Perform Regular Maintenance And Checkups
There is no better time than when you are first moving in to a new home to make sure you complete all your regular maintenance checkups and repairs. This will help you ensure everything is in top working order when you move in and will make it easier to remember when routine maintenance checkups need to be done in the future. A few maintenance checkups to consider include:
- Have your HVAC system cleaned and maintained
- Replace air filters
- Test your carbon monoxide detectors and smoke detectors
- Make sure all major appliances are working properly
- Make sure all electrical outlets are working and are in the right places
- Check for any signs of plumbing leaks
- Make sure you know where to turn off the main water supply from and how to do it
- Make sure you know where your fuse box is located and how it works
Tackle The Big Stuff Now
If there are any major projects that will need to be done such as an appliance repair or replacement, painting, or replacing floors, it is best to tackle these projects before your family has settled into your new home. By tackling these projects now, you can ensure your family does not have to live through the inconvenience of a construction project and keep your furniture and other belongings out of the way to make the project easier to complete.
Create New Emergency Preparedness Plans
Now is the best time to decide what your family’s emergency and disaster preparedness plans will be. Make sure you have a plan for emergency fire escape and hurricane and tornado preparedness plans. You should also make sure every-one in your family is well aware of the emergency and disaster preparedness plans for your new home.