You have bought yourself a new home and are about to move in. But before you do that, no matter whether the house is brand new or had tenants until recently, you have to get the house ready for your family and yourself. Cleaning, painting, and fixing up the exterior are possibly some of the most obvious tasks, but perhaps you have not thought up of them all. Here are some of the most basic things one should do before setting a new home for a comfortable habitation spot.
- Clean It Up
Previous tenants may or may not leave the house clean for you. In both cases, you will want to clean everything yourself. If you are going to do it, set up an area where you will place all the tools and supplies that you will need for the job. Cleaners for various types of surfaces, mops, buckets, brooms, and a vacuum. Protect yourself by using rubber gloves, and make sure there is a healthy supply of it.
- New Exterior Doors Locks
When you move into a new house, other people are likely to have the keys to it – maintenance people, realtors, and previous owners. As you want to be the only one who has the keys, installing new locks on exterior doors should not be overlooked. Have a locksmith to install you a new lock set or buy and install it yourself. It will give you some peace of mind in the future.
- Closet Organizers
By getting new closet organizers, your life there would be more enjoyable and moving in will be less stressful. Older houses have those simple a-pole-and-a-shelf closets. Think about where you plan to put and keep all your stuff, from laundry detergent to boots and raincoats.
Painting all the ceilings and walls can be quite time consuming. One must inspect the walls and ceiling for any potential damage (holes, cracks, and similar defects), and prepare the surfaces for applying fresh paint. If there is no one that could help you with this, you should consider hiring professionals that will do the painting work for you.
- Window Treatments
Window treatments should be installed both for a finishing visual touch and privacy. Get some nice temporary and inexpensive shades and place it on your windows while moving in and setting everything up. They probably won’t be the best solution for a window treatment, but that is something you will think about, later after some time passes and you get used to your new premises.
- Mechanical Equipment
Mechanical equipment should be cleaned and serviced before the house is inhabited. Heating and cooling systems should be checked, and there should be a service contract in case the system stops working during winter days, so will not be obliged to overpay to get a service technician to come and fix it. If you have an extensive entertainment system, you will have to install everything in your new home, or can hire professionals, such as Universal Home Theatre, to install your home cinema, mount the TV on the wall, arrange and install the speakers, and even provide you with a complete audio-visual house solution.
- New Switch Plates (Along with Other Devices)
In case you notice mismatched outlets, damaged or rusted air vent covers, or discolored and dirty cover plates, give your new house some newness and uniformity by reinstalling them all. It will make a home look newer and cleaner. Switching the cover plates is quite easy and can be done with just a small screwdriver. However, replacing electrical devices is not advisable if you do not know how to work with electricity. Call an electrician or someone who has the skills and expertise to do it.
Completing these tasks before you move into a new home will make your future residing more comfortable and enjoyable. If you leave it for later, some jobs may cost you more time and money than they would while the house was still empty. Take care of security, organization, privacy, and make sure that all the electrical and mechanical systems and devices are safe and reliable. Good luck!