Upon moving into a new house, you’re probably feeling excited, but you might also feel a bit nervous of things that could go wrong. You might be nervous because of the fact that you know there are things you should do, but don’t know exactly what they are for sure. Here are some of those things you might not have thought about yet:
- Change out the locks: There may be some keys floating around out there that you don’t know about, or have forgotten. Hire a locksmith, or change them out yourself. Then you’ll know exactly who can enter your home.
- Kick creatures out: If you have critters in your home for certain, then you can try using your own solutions to rid them. If the problem is on a larger or worse scale than what you can handle, then don’t think twice about calling in an exterminator or pest removal service.
- Get familiar with the main water valve, HVAC and circuit breaker: These things are nice to know in case of an emergency or power outage. Check to ensure switches’ labelings are correct by tripping them, and having another person check if each light comes on. Also, test the main knob out on the water valve, and see if any water is coming out of faucets in the house. Be sure to check the cleanliness of the HVAC filter as well.
- Look for plumbing leaks: Check the kitchen sink, your water heater, faucets for drips, and toilets to see if they’re running.
- Steam clean your carpets: you can do this yourself by renting a steam cleaner, or by hiring a professional carpet cleaner. Do this before you move your furniture in.
- Wipe down and sanitize surfaces, and inside drawers and cabinets: Using a non-toxic cleaner if you can, cover any and every area that can have the cleaner on it, including baseboards, windows and windowsills.
- Child-proof and pet-proof if necessary.
- Unpack the essentials after moving: Think through your daily routine, and the objects you use. Unpack those things first; don’t forget bedding, curtains or blinds, toiletries, the coffee-maker, etc.