If you’re planning on moving soon, you might be extremely anxious to have the whole process over and done with as soon as possible. However, if your new home is properly prepared or taken care of before you start moving in, you could run into some issues that you could have avoided had you only take a little more time at the beginning.
To help you ensure that everything comes together perfectly as you get settled into your new place, here are three things to take care of before moving into your new home.
Get Everything Properly Cleaned
Whether you’re moving into a newly constructed home or a home that’s had previous owners, it’s always a good idea to have everything in your home properly cleaned before you start moving your stuff in.
If you want to do this yourself, you’ll find that it’s easiest to do a complete once-over before you’ve got boxes taking up every available space. But if you’re not wanting to add this to your own to-do list, Updater.com shares that you can always hire a professional cleaning service to take care of this for you. And, in addition to cleaning, you may want to get your property sprayed for bugs prior to moving in as well.
Change All The Locks
Hopefully, the place that you’ll be moving into will be in a safe neighborhood. But regardless of this, it’s a good idea to get all of the locks changed in your new home before you move in. If the previous tenants, or anyone that they shared their keys with, still has their keys, they could gain access to the property even after it’s changed ownership. So to avoid this, it’s best to just get all new locks.
According to Laura Mueller, a contributor to Moving.com, you can choose to either change the locks yourself or hire a locksmith to re-key all of the doors that lead outside. And, if there are locks on any windows or out buildings, you’ll want to make sure that you change those locks as well.
Learn Where Everything Is
During this transitional time, and for the entire time that you’re living in your new home, you’re going to want to know where certain things are in the structure of the home. According to Andrew Zoellner, a contributor to Family Handyman, it’s vital that you learn where things like your water shutoff valve, electrical box, and attic or crawl space access points are before you move things into your home. Because once you start hauling all of your belongings into your new home, you might unknowingly block off an area that you’ll need to get to in an emergency.
If you’re going to be moving into a new home soon, make sure you take care of all the tasks mentioned above before the first box gets brought inside.