Moving into a new home is an exciting and sometimes exhausting process. Between unpacking, setting up utilities, changing your address on everything, and just trying to get all the beds setup so that your family isn’t sleeping on the floor, it can be overwhelming. Below are five simple tips for new homeowners to help with the process of moving into a new home.
Tip 1: Clean the Carpets
Having your carpets professionally steam cleaned is actually something that is easiest to do before moving into a new home. Professional carpet cleaning companies are able to get a deep, thorough clean on carpet and are well worth the investment!
Tip 2: Change the Door Locks
The first thing a new homeowner should do after moving into a home is change the door locks. Even if the previous homeowner handed over all of their keys to the house, who knows how many other people have keys. This can be done by a professional locksmith or by going to the local hardware store and picking out new door hardware.
Tip 3: Change the Air Filters
Putting in new air filter is a quick process that can make a big difference in the quality of the air in your home. New air filters can also improve the performance of your heating and cooling system.
Tip 4: Schedule Pest Control
Have a pest control professional spray for bugs and insects. Also request that they analyze any areas of your home that rodents might be getting in. The last thing you want is to move into a house and learn from a neighbor that the previous home owner frequently had mice in the house and thought it was “cute” (true story).
Tip 5: Locate the Shut Off Valve and Breaker Box
It is always a good idea to familiarize yourself with the breaker box in your home in case of electrical issues. The water shut off valve should be located in the basement or an outside wall in a utility area of your home.