What Do I Need To Do Before I Move Into A New Place?
Moving into a new place can be a daunting task and ordeal. Below are a few things you should consider or implement before you settle into your new home.
Change Keys And Door Locks
Before you move into a new place you need to change the locks on your doors. Once you’ve gotten the keys to your new home you will need to either purchase new lock sets to install yourself or hire a professional locksmith to switch out the locksets for you.
Hire Professional Cleaners
You should clean the house thoroughly. If time is of the essence, or if you just don’t have the energy to clean yourself, you can hire professional cleaners that specialize in move in cleaning. If you do decide to tackle the cleaning job yourself remember to wash down plumbing fixtures, counters, and cabinets, and remember to thoroughly clean the carpets as well. Vacuum cleaners, mops, brooms, and buckets are also absolute musts for a thorough cleaning job.
Furthermore, you can also clean and paint all the ceilings and walls as well. However, this can be quite a labour intensive process, so hiring professional painters may be the best way to go. Also, there is really no point of slabbing on an extra coat of paint or two if the ceilings and walls are badly damaged with holes, cracks, and other defects. Again, going the professional route is the best option in most cases.
Storage And Organizers
In addition, using organizers can help cut back on stress and anxiety. For instance, many older homes are notorious for having closets than only have a single shelf or pole. To bypass this issue, you can focus on where you will be storing items and then outfit the closets to properly accommodate all of your storage items. If, however, you find that the existing closets won’t suffice, do not hesitate to invest in additional closets, hooks, and/or shelves that will help make your new home that much easier to live in.
Heating And Cooling Equipment Inspection
Any mechanical equipment such as the heating and cooling systems in the new home should also be inspected, serviced and cleaned as soon as you purchase your new home. You should also remember to get the service contract, so if the system breaks down during a particularly frigid winter you won’t have to worry about spending large amounts of money to hire a technician to take care of the problem. It also wouldn’t hurt to ask your neighbours which company they used, as the information will not only save you time and money but also serve as an opportunity to break the ice with your new neighbours.
Finally, you should install window treatments before you move into your new home. If you are on a tight budget you can purchase temporary shades that are cost effective. You can also purchase custom made window treatments to provide you with as much needed privacy as well as that finishing touch to personalize your home.