10 things to do before moving into your new home
Not having gutters can damage your home’s siding, landscaping and more, so it's a good idea to address the issue early, says Lindus. (Photo courtesy of Lindus Construction/Midwest LeafGuard)
Moving into a new house is an exciting adventure. After you’ve perfected your signature on stacks and stacks of paper and the keys are handed over to you, it’s time to get busy.
Here’s a list of 10 things to do before moving into your new home.
1. Change the locks.
You never know how many copies of your new keys are floating around the neighborhood from the previous owners’ friends, neighbors or vendors. Provide yourself with peace of mind and protection and change the locks immediately.
2. Get the painting done early.
It is much easier to paint the interior of a house sans furniture. A house that you have not yet moved into provides a rare opportunity for the easiest painting you’ll ever have. Even if you’re okay with wall colors, this can be a great time to repaint the ceilings and closets (which likely have not been touched since the house was built).
3. Check your insulation.
If the home you are purchasing is not up to date on insulation, utility bills may come in significantly higher than they need to. Call a reputable Angie’s List insulation pro that can provide a free insulation estimate and let you know if everything is up to snuff.
4. Put in new flooring.
Such as is the case with painting, new floor installation is much less of a hassle in an empty home, rather than shuffling furniture in between rooms.
5. Install gutters.
Not having gutters can damage your home’s siding, landscaping and can cause water to drain directly into your basement. Prevent this by installing them if they do not currently exist.
6. Swap outlet covers.
Most homes have their original outlet covers, which are oftentimes either stained or mismatched. Swap these out to give rooms a clean, uniform look. If you seek a higher end look, go with metal outlet covers.
7. Get a new toilet seat.
No explanation needed. Just do it.
8. Change the HVAC filters.
It’s very unlikely this has been done any time in recent history, so go ahead and replace them so that your furnace and air conditioner have less strain on them.
9. Verify that smoke and carbon monoxide detectors work.
Just because smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors are present, doesn’t mean they actually work. Take the two seconds to test them so they’re in working order, should they ever be needed.
10. Bring in lighting.
It’s extremely frustrating to come to your new home at night to work on some projects prior to moving in and realize that some rooms cannot be worked on because they were only lit up with lamps in the past. Save yourself this frustration by having portable work lights available for such occasions.