Moving into a new house is exciting and stressful all at once. There is so much to do that it can be overwhelming, and yet, the anticipation for new beginnings is at the core of every action, every step you’re taking.
You’ve found your new house, you’ve signed the paperwork, and moving day is on the horizon. The anticipation is growing, and so are the nerves, as you try and remember every little thing you need to do before you move into your new home.
Things You Don’t Want to Forget Before Moving In
You want things to be as simple as possible. You want to make sure you get every detail taken care of. So, here are the top 10 things you need to remember to do before you make that big move:
Change your locks
When you move into a new home, it’s always a great idea to get the locks changed for both your safety and your peace of mind. You have no idea if the keys that were given to you are the only keys out there.
The previous residents may have made keys for family, friends, or neighbors, and while it most likely wouldn’t be an issue, who wants to live in a house where an untold number of strangers have keys?
Do yourself a favor and get your locks changed. That way, you’ll know you’re safe and secure.
Check the insulation
One thing that new homeowners often overlook is their insulation. Yet, forgetting about your insulation can lead to high energy bills. Houses need to have their insulation updated every so often in order to maintain efficiency. You can have an expert come out and check your insulation to see if it needs updating, as well as do any required work.
If you want to completely change, or even just touch-up, the paint on your walls, you’ll want to do that right away, before you move your furniture in. Oftentimes people are so excited to get inside their new place, they move everything in and start to decorate before they realize they had wanted to paint.
So, whether you are giving yourself a completely new paint job or just touching up the walls, make this your first step before you move anything inside.
Add new gutters
Check and see if your home has adequate rain gutters to prevent any water from leaking into your basement, or damaging your siding. If you need new gutters, have them installed as soon as possible.
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Install new flooring
If you think you’re going to want new flooring, you’ll want to get it installed as soon as you have the keys in your hand. You definitely don’t want to move your furniture in and then have to move it back out in order to redo your flooring.
Take a bit of time to consider whether or not you’re going to install new floors before you move in. It will save you loads of time and hassle.
Get new toilet seats
If you’re moving into a house that isn’t brand new, then someone has lived there before. That means that someone has used your toilet before you. Which means that someone’s behind sat on that toilet seat before you. Do yourself a favor and just buy some new ones.
Change outlet covers
Outlet covers are often overlooked during cleaning and during repairs. There’s a good chance your home’s outlets are covered with the old, dirty covers. You’re starting fresh, and since it’s likely you won’t ever think of changing those outlet covers again, get them changed out now.
Ensure there are working smoke and carbon dioxide detectors
Even though your home may have carbon dioxide and smoke detectors, that doesn’t mean they’re in working order. They may be broken, installed incorrectly, or could simply be out of batteries.
If there is a problem with your detectors and you don’t check them, they won’t be able to warn you if it becomes necessary. Not having working smoke and carbon dioxide detectors could end up creating a devastating situation for you in your home. Check them right away to ensure you and your family will be safe.
Figure out lighting
You’re sure to have a few surprises when you move into a new home, and you don’t want your home’s lighting to be one of them. When darkness falls on your new home, the last thing you want is to discover that some of your rooms have no light fixtures and need lamps.
By checking into the lighting situation ahead of time, you’ll be able to save yourself from being left in the dark.
Change filters in HVAC system
You will want your HVAC system to run seamlessly and efficiently, which means you’re going to want to replace your HVAC filters. Very old and used filters will keep your HVAC system from functioning at peak performance. After you move in, you’ll want to have your filter changed as soon as possible.