Moving just yourself or moving your entire family? Either way, moving into a new home is sure to be hectic! Because lists may be the only thing that can help you keep your sanity and stay organized, here are a few things to keep in mind before you start unloading any boxes into your new place.
Lock it down
Change the locks on all outside doors to ensure you and your family are the only ones who have access to your new home. You never know who may have keys to the existing locks. Also, double-check all windows and doors and make sure they close securely.
Before you start moving furniture in is a good time to thoroughly clean the house. Wash windows, wax hardwood floors, vacuum floors and steam-clean carpets. Be sure to clean out the pantry and cabinets as well before putting any food or dishes in them.
Replace the filters
Change all filters in the house, such as your HVAC unit air filter, refrigerator drinking water filter and water faucet filter. You’ll want to change those every 90 days or so — and more frequently if you have pets. While you’re at it, check the dryer vent and also the vent filter above the stove.
Inspect your home thoroughly
Inspect every room, especially areas that were not visible when buying the home, like those covered by furniture or boxes in closets, attics and the garage. You’ll also want to check for damage when the previous owner moved out. It’ll be easier to inspect and get in every nook and cranny before the home is furnished and decorated.
Give pests the boot
Spiders and termites and mice, oh my! There are many DIY ways you can try to get rid of pests, but the best way to get them out and keep them out is to call a professional. Be proactive and sign yourself up for ongoing general pest control. If the house has been empty for some time, spiders will likely be a concern.