Once you have signed on the dotted line and the keys to the new house are yours, it is time to get to work turning the house into your home. Furniture placement, window dressings, and paint colours are first items that probably come to mind. In the chaos and confusion of moving, certain items often get overlooked. The following will help you make your transition to your new home as smooth as possible.
Change the Locks:
This should be your very first task since you have no way of knowing who may have keys to your home. Depending on the number of locks and whether you install them yourself or hire a locksmith, you can probably expect to pay anywhere from $10 to $30 per lock, which is a small price to pay to ensure that your family and belongings are secure.
Ask for Contacts:
If you are moving to a new area, be sure to ask your REALTORŪ for a list of preferred service providers. Most agents will know the name of a reputable electrician, plumber, and heating and air company. Having these numbers available can be a lifesaver if you need an emergency repair.
Check Safety Equipment:
Make sure that your home is equipped with adequate smoke and carbon monoxide detectors. If the detectors are old or there are not enough of them for the size of the home, invest in new ones. If the existing detectors appear to be new and in good shape, you should go ahead and change the batteries immediately. It is also a good idea to invest in a couple of new fire extinguishers as well.
Schedule Maintenance for Mechanical Equipment:
Even though you probably had your home inspected prior to closing, it is still a good idea to have your heating, air conditioning, and even your plumbing inspected and serviced by a professional. To save money, considering enrolling in a service agreement with a reputable company. These agreements typically offer substantial discounts on preventative maintenance and tune-ups as well as emergency repairs.
Change Switch Plates, Outlet Covers, and Toilet Seats:
Switch plates and outlet covers can become dingy, dirty, and discoloured over time. These items are easy and inexpensive to replace and will make your home look fresh and new. It is also nice to start off new with something as personal as a toilet seat. If you do not want to spend money on a new toilet seat, at least take the time to remove the current one so that you can clean all of the nooks and crannies.
Paint the Front Door:
A bright, cheerful front door is an easy way to add your personal style to your new home. Be sure to take the time to sand and prep the door to get the best results. Today, almost any colour is acceptable; however, if you are part of a homeowners association, you want to make sure that you comply with their regulations.
Finally, consider scheduling a housewarming party for several weeks after your move-in date. Not only will this give you a chance to meet your neighbours, but the deadline will also keep you from procrastinating when it comes to unpacking.
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