Things Everyone Should Do When Moving Into A New House 7348 1

Things Everyone Should Do When Moving Into A New House 7348 1

Moving into your first home is exciting! But it also means you’ve got work to do.

We have moved a lot! And thanks to our many moves I have a list of items that buyers might want to do before they move into their new home. Here is our short list of things to do to prepare your new house for living in...

1. Change the locks. You really don’t know who else has keys to your home, so change the locks. That ensures you’re the only person who has access. Install new deadbolts yourself for as little as $10 per lock, or call a locksmith — if you supply the new locks, they typically charge about $20-$30 per lock for labor. Some Home warranty companies, offer lock changing as part of their service on new residential contracts.

2. Check for plumbing leaks. Your home inspector should do this for you before closing, but it never hurts to double-check. Keep an eye out for dripping faucets and running toilets, and check your water heater for signs of a leak. 

3. Steam clean carpets. Do this before you move your furniture in, and your new home life will be off to a fresh start. You can pay a professional carpet cleaning service — you’ll pay about $50 per room; most services require a minimum of about $100 before they’ll come out — or you can rent a steam cleaner for about $30 per day and do the work yourself. Fresh clean carpets will make make any move better!

 4. Wipe out your cabinets. Another no-brainer before you move in your dishes and bathroom supplies. Make sure to wipe inside and out, preferably with a non-toxic cleaner, and replace contact paper if you are into that.

5. Give critters the heave-ho. That includes mice, rats, bats, termites, roaches, and any other uninvited guests. There are any number of DIY ways to get rid of pests, but if you need to bring out the big guns, an initial visit from a pest removal service will run you $100-$300, followed by monthly or quarterly visits at about $50 each time.

6. Familiarize yourself with the circuit breaker box and main water valve. It is a good idea to know where your breaker box is and your main water valves. Waiting to figure it out in the dark or when water is gushing through your house is definitely not the best time.
It’s a good idea to figure out which fuses control what parts of your house and label them accordingly. This will take two people: One to stand in the room where the power is supposed to go off, the other to trip the fuses and yell, “Did that work? How about now?” And make sure your water valve actually work, test it by turning and make sure there is no water coming out your faucets.

The bottom line to getting of to a good start with your new house, to do a good cleaning and familiarize yourself with its mechanicals. Once those things are done the rest of your move will go smoothly.

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Phone: 915-820-8484
Dated: April 7th 2015
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About Ana Maria: I was born in Cd. Guerrero, Chih. Mexico. Where I finished my elementary studies then I went to Chih...

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