You just bought a new house…congrats! 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 you should cover first. This will hopefully be the last time your home is totally empty until you sell, so it’ll be easier to get this stuff out of the way!
Change the Locks
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. Plus, if you’re not thrilled about the hardware on your front door, now’s a great time to switch it out! We have a keypad lock that I’m a huge fan of. Changing the locks can be a DIY project, or you can call in a locksmith for a little extra money.
Steam Clean the Carpets
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 clumsiness. 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—your local grocery store may have them available. For a little extra, you can hire a professional steam cleaner and really get them looking like new again!
Call an Exterminator
Prior to move-in, you probably 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. You don’t want to find out in 6 months that you have some furry tenants living in your crawlspace!
Clean Out the Kitchen
If the previous occupants wanted to skip on some of their cleaning duties when they moved out, the kitchen is where they probably 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. Again, this is probably the best time to get your home as clean as possible, as you can reach areas that will later be covered by small appliances, groceries, etc.
After you’ve taken care of these items, it’s time to make the space yours; you’ve earned it! Paint those walls (maybe an accent wall in Pantone’s color of the year?), buy an awesome new couch, and bask in the glory that is your new home! What’s the first thing you do when you move in to a new home? Let us know in the comments!