Change All the Locks
One of the first things you will want to do when you get the keys to your new home is change all of the locks. Previous owners, realtors or neighbors might still have the old key and unless you want to worry about someone else having access to your new home, you should have new locks installed as soon as possible. You can change the locks yourself or contact a locksmith who will do it for you. Once the locks are change, you will officially make the home yours.
Paint the Walls
It’s also a good idea to have the whole place repainted before you actually move in. If you want to save some money, you can do it yourself. On the other hand, if you are looking for a quick solution, you can hire professionals to do it for you. Of course, there is no point in repainting if there are some holes and cracks in the walls. Make sure you first check for any of these and have them taken care of before you start repainting. When choosing new colors, it’s always a good idea to go for something neutral that will look great no matter what you put in the rest of your home.
Install New Switch Plates and Vent Covers
Switch plates are one of the things that tend to lose its original color after being used for a couple of years. Also, chances are, some of them are damaged or mismatched. Replacing all of them will bring uniformity and newness into your home. That is why it’s recommended to change all of the switch plates before you start moving in. Vent covers can also be worn out so make sure you check and replace them if necessary.
Have All the Mechanical Equipment Checked Out
Another thing you’re supposed to do as soon as you buy a new home is have all the mechanical equipment checked out. There’s no telling what could be wrong with heating and cooling systems, for example. It’s much better to have them checked out once you buy the place, rather than having to call a technician in the middle of a cooling or heating season. Not only will you have to pay more during the season, it will also take more time for technician to come and have your system checked out.
Install Window Treatments
If you want to add some style to your new home, you can always install some nice window treatments. These will not only make your new home look better, they will also provide you with more privacy. You don’t have to tackle all the windows at your new home, only the ones in the most essential rooms. This is always a good idea, since you certainly don’t want your family and belongings to be on display as soon as the night falls. If you are yet to find a window treatment you like, you can hang a sheet or two until you make up your mind.
Clean the Whole Place
Of course, before you start unpacking, you should give every corner of your new home a good scrub. There’s always a chance the previous owners left some of the things they no longer need. If you want to get rid of them, you can contact experts specialized in waste removal who can help you. Once you get rid of all the waste, you should start scrubbing until the whole place starts shining. If you want to go for a less expensive method, you can clean with the mixture of vinegar and baking soda.
Once everything is done, you can start unpacking and truly making the home yours. Throw a housewarming party a week or two after you move in, so you’ll get some extra motivation to finish up your move.
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