When I am working with buyers I'm typically asked the same general questions about moving into their new home. 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 I think you should cover first.
Change the locks - this is the most important one!
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 a DIY project, or you can call in a locksmith for a little extra money.
Steam clean the carpets - if this wasn't negotiated during the purchase
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 party fouls. 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 or use a local reputable company to professionally have your house feeling brand new!
Call an exterminator - Remember you had an inspection & not a treatment!
Prior to move-in, you 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. Fell free to call the same company who did the termite inspection, to follow up with a quarterly treatment plan.
Clean out the kitchen - check behind the fridge
If the previous occupants wanted to skip on some of their cleaning duties when they moved out (and you know they probably did), the kitchen is where they cut corners. Wipe down the inside of cabinets, clean out the refrigerator, clean the oven, and clean in the nooks and crannies underneath the appliances.