You bought the house and circled “moving day” on the calendar. Before you get settled in, there are five things you need to do to your new home immediately.
Task 1: Change the locks
Who knows how many people have keys to what’s now your home? The fix is easy, it’s usually a minimum charge for a locksmith to come to the house.
Task 2: Change all filters
The average home has a lot of filters. Change them all when you move in. This includes:
- Aeration filters in kitchen and bathroom spigots.
- The air filter in the heating and air conditioning unit.
- The vent filter above the stove.
Task 3: Clean the house completely
Claim your new space by giving it a thorough cleaning. When the house is empty, you can see every mark and flaw. Also, it’s harder to get to some places after the house is filled with your stuff. Wash windows, vacuum floors and steam-clean carpets. With no furniture in the house, it’s a good time to buff and seal wood floors.
Task 4: Update home tech
The best time to install or update home technology is right before (or during) the move-in. Not only do you have easy access to every spot in your home (which makes planning and installation easier), but you get to enjoy the benefits from Day 1.
Task 5: Prepare for anything and everything
Ask the prior homeowner for a list of contacts and service people they’ve used. A personal recommendation in your neighborhood is really, really valuable.
And if you’ve had a decent relationship with the sellers, inquire if you might have their new contact information — but make it clear you won’t use it to bother them. Say something like, “I won’t call you, but can I text if I need to know how to do something?”