Friday, December 6, 2013

Things To Do Before Moving Into A New House

If you just bought a new house, we bet you're spending some of your time getting it ready to live in. As a new homeowner, you should prioritize tasks such as cleaning, touching up the paint, fixing up the yard, and more. Since it's getting close to winter, you can get only the most basic outside things done. What you need to prepare is the inside so you can live there comfortably throughout this season.

Here's a list of tasks that you consider doing first:

Change the exterior door locks. As soon as you got the keys, have new locks installed. This will give you a peace of mind.

Install window treatments. You can buy inexpensive and temporary shades for both privacy and decorative purposes. Change this later on for a more personalized option once you have a certain design in your mind.

Do a major cleanup. Not all previous homeowners leave their house clean before selling. Make sure to tidy things up before you move it. You can hire a service to do this given that you don't have enough time to do it yourself. If you'd stick with your DIY prowess, we suggest setting up an area where you will place all of the supplies and tools needed to get the job done easily - gloves, buckets, mops, brooms, a vacuum, and cleaners for different types of surfaces, just to name a few. Wash down countertops and plumbing fixtures and clean the cabinets and carpets to make you feel good about your new house.

Repaint the walls and ceilings. Because this task is time consuming, you can leave this to the experts. They can check if there are holes, cracks, and other damages on the walls and ceilings. They can also prep the surfaces for you. Hiring a professional can save you a lot of time.

Consider buying organizers. Check the closets if they have a simple pole and shelf only. If this is the case, get the closets outfitted to lessen the clutter once you move in. And don't just focus on the closets. Think about the bigger picture. Imagine where you'll put other stuff like shoes, detergents, etc. Hooks and extra shelves would be perfect and make your house more organized.

Inspect switch plates and other devices. Check the outlets if they have discolored cover plates or rusted/damaged air vent covers. Replace them immediately when spotted. Doing so will give your house a newer, cleaner, and unique touch.

Get the cooling and heating systems cleaned. Have the mechanical system serviced and perform other routine tasks. This will save you money for hiring a technician when the system stops working during winter.

Have you bought a new house and planning to move in soon? What's on your to-do list? Share it with us on the comments below.
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