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8 Things You Should Do Before Moving Into A New House


Written By: Jaymi Naciri
Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Moving into a new house? Your task list doesnt end once you pack up your old place - and were not just talking about all the fun unpacking you have ahead of you. Theres a few more things youre going to want to do before you get in and start living it up.

Change the locks

It doesnt make you paranoid to want new locks on the doors to your home. It makes you smart. "Who knows how many people have keys to whats now your home? The fix is easy: Its usually a minimum charge for a locksmith to come to the house," said Ron Phipps, principal with Warwick, Rhode Island-based Phipps Realty and past president of the National Association of Realtors, on Bankrate. Phipps advice: Dont just re-key the locks - replace the hardware, too. You get a nice update, plus peace of mind."

Dont forget to change your garage door opener code, too.

Do an in-depth tour of the house

Do you know where the water and gas shut-off valves are? How about the electrical box and water heater? Any idea how to use your sprinkler system? Familiarizing yourself with all the ins and outs of the house and making sure key members of the household are also aware can help avoid disasters.

Seal off rooms you dont use - or wont be using right away

The first few months in a new home might be a revelation financially - and not in a good way. Between moving costs, new furniture, any renovations that need to be done, and the cost of turning on all your utilities, youre probably going to want to save a few dollars where you can. Sealing off rooms you wont be using for a while can help lower your heating and cooling costs.

Meet your neighbors

Your neighbors may be planning to come by once they see that youve moved in, but think about beating them to it. You never know where you might make a new best friend or find one for your kids, and being friendly and outgoing from the get-go establishes good will.


Mindful CommUNITY

At the very least, being able to see a friendly face or two in the neighborhood will help you acclimate - and it wont hurt to have someone point out the neighborhood gossip, tell you which Starbucks makes the best lattes, and help you find the most traffic-free route to the elementary school.

Join Nextdoor

Need a babysitter, a dog walker, a handyman, or a recommendation for the best Chinese restaurant in your new neighborhood? Nextdoor will help you find it.

Clean your carpets

A thorough cleaning of the home should have been done when the sellers were moving out. In some cases, its stipulated in the contract, and a seller who fails to live up to that aspect is "at risk for a lawsuit," said Realtor.com. But unless specific cleaning tasks are called out, the house may not be as spic-n-span as you want.

Even if the house looks clean and tidy when you move in, they may have skipped the carpets. A good cleaning can extend their life, improve air quality, and remove allergens.


Mallary Carpets

"Little do most of us realize that what we are seeing is only a tiny fraction of the soil that a carpet contains," said the National Carpet Cleaners Association NCCA. "The visible grime we notice is only the tip of the iceberg; up to 85 per cent of the dirt the carpet holds is buried deep within the pile. And when you consider that a carpet can eventually trap its own weight or more in soil - as much as 150 pounds for an average-sized living-room - youll agree its no trivial matter."

Wipe out drawers and cabinets

This is another oft-ignored task, and one that could be responsible for leaving germs, or at least crumbs, behind.

Change your fire alarm batteries

The U.S.FireAdministration USFA recommends that fire alarm batteries get changed twice a year. Since you probably wont know when the last time this was done, its best to change them when you move in. That way you wont be awakened at 3am by a blaring alarm your third day in the house.



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