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7 Things to Do Before Moving into Your New Home

Welcome Home and Congratulations!  The Keys are in your hands,  Now what?

While you may not be able to wait to move in, there are a few things you should consider tackling before hanging those family photos on the walls.


  1. It’s Time To Change All The Locks– To keep your peace of mind, we suggest to change out the locks on your exterior doors to ensure that anyone the previous owners may have given a key to can no longer access the property. You may not want to find a group of people party at your home thinking it still belongs to the previous home-owners?

According to Home Advisor, the average homeowner spends between $100-$300 hiring a locksmith. The best resource is checking your local locksmiths in town.


  1. Paint– Previous homeowners may have a different color preference than you, so, if you don’t love red on the walls, or the fluorescent, pink and green in the bedrooms, painting your new home will be infinitely easier if you can do so before moving furniture into the space. Get some paint samples, apply to different walls and  make sure to look at the colors on the walls during different times of the day light. You will be surprise on how different one color may look on wall while exposed to morning, afternoon and night light.


  1. Take care of your floors– Like with painting, treating and refinishing floors is much easier without furniture in the way. Costs for this project will vary depending on the size of the job, but you can estimate roughly $200 for supplies and equipment. Check out your local home improvement store for a better quote on your home project if needed.


4. Make any necessary fix & repairs– Cosmetic jobs around your home may be waiting for you. Before you decide to move all your belongings,  do another walk through and look for those minor repairs or cleaning projects you can do yourself.  Whether caulking,  changing paint colors,  refurbishing or staining your floors,  improving your landscaping or apply more grout on the tile.

5. Don’t forget to change the air filters, batteries on your smoke detectors, if you have security system changing your codes is a good idea.

Doing this projects ahead of time will save you a future headache! You’ll be happy you did a few months from now when other projects crop up on the honey do list.


  1. Clean from top to bottom– The only thing better than a new home is a clean new home. Now is the best time to give every nook and cranny of your home a deep clean. If your new home came with appliances, think about some deep cleaning, specially if your new home has been vacant for months. It’s time to scrub the inside of appliances like the refrigerator, oven, dishwasher, microwave, washer and dryer. Wipe down walls and baseboards with a damp cloth. The magic of vinegar and baking soda could be a safe way to accomplish your cleaning of the day!


  1. Make Sure Your Utilities Are On Your Name–  You may have done it before closing your new home, but before you move in, just make a phone call  to your your electric, gas, cable and water utility providers to make sure service is transferred to you.  If the previous home owners have  informed you on the schedule of the trash and recycling pick – up you are good to go, but in case the home was vacant and there wasn’t someone to give you that info, just research when trash and recycling pick-up are scheduled for your zone.



  1. Change your Address–  You are now a homeowner living in a different address. Make sure you update family, friends and of course  a change of address to your local US postal service  to ensure that all mail is forwarded to your new address following your move. You can rest and enjoy your new home!


Home is what you make of it.

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Posted on April 17, 2015 at 8:14 pm by John Wesley Brooks & The Brooks Family Of Realtors

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