As any new home owner knows, there are more than 6 things to do when moving in to a new home. But here is a list of 6 things that might slip you’re mind when compared to other more prominent ‘to do” tasks. If you need assistant from professional contractors, let our Home Services Department recommend trusted, local on our list!
1. Change the locks!
Think about all the people who you have given keys to your apartment or former house. Truth is, you don’t really know how many people have keys to that home you just bought. The best way to ensure the safety of yourself and your family is to change all the locks. You can do this yourself or call a locksmith.
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2. Steam clean those carpets
Do this before you even think about moving in your furniture. Once your furniture has been set up this will be a trickier task. Cleaning the carpets is like giving them a clean slate and your home a fresh new start. It’s the best way to eliminate dirt, stains, and allergens that have accumulated in the fabric of the carpet. If you don’t have access to a steam cleaner, hire a professional.
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3. Wipe out all cabinets and closets
Now that you’ve cleaned those carpets and moved in your furniture, it’s time to unpack those boxes. But before you organize your kitchen ware, arrange your clothes in the closet, or stock the bathrooms, you’ll want to give all the surfaces a thorough cleaning using a non-toxic cleaner; also, consider replacing contact paper if applicable.
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4. Acquaint yourself with the circuit breaker
Take the time to figure out which fuses control what parts of your home so that you’re not caught unawares if the power goes out. Make sure to label them accordingly – enlist the help of a family member or friend to confirm the locations powered by each switch.
5. Verify your safety devices work
Check the batteries in all the smoke and carbon monoxide detectors. Verify the devices are correctly installed, at least one per floor.
6. Exterminate the vermin
No one likes a freeloader! If your new home came with ‘pets’ you didn’t foresee, evict those pests that aren’t paying rent. For DIY methods, you can buy poison packets, traps, and bait specifically targeted for the vermin you’re trying to remove. However, if you have small children or pets, be extremely careful with where you place those devices.
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