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If you’re moving, take a look at this helpful list of things to do before you move in, including changing locks, deep cleaning and pest management.
There’s no doubt that purchasing (or renting) a new home and moving can be both exciting AND a lot of work. We’ve done it a few times and we’ll probably do it again in near future. No matter what type of home you’re moving into or whether you’re renting or buying, I’ve found that there are just several things that I do before moving into a new place. This can apply to large homes or small apartments!
Make a Checklist & Check It Twice
Before you move in, prepare a checklist according to what should be in place when you arrive. If you agreed to certain things being left in the home (or being removed), you’ll want to note those things. Here in New Jersey, we have designated walk-throughs with a real estate agent before closing and it just helps to make sure the place is settled before you sign on the dotted line.
Who knows how many people have a set of keys to your new home? I think about my current home and how many sets of keys we have. I have a couple family members who have those keys. When you move into a new place, it’s worth the step to have someone change the locks so that you have peace of mind that your home is safe and secure.
Deep Clean It!
Having a good deep cleaning BEFORE you move in is a great way to start out in a new home. While the home might appear clean, you just want to be sure it’s cleaned to your standards. Most cleaning services offer a new-home, move-in cleaning packages that can get your new space clean before you come with all your things. It’s nice to have a fresh start in any home. Think beyond professional cleaning services and consider carpet cleanings, vent cleanings, chimney or fireplace cleaning – even appliance and furnace/unit cleanings.
This is a big one for me. You want to make sure that you and your family are the only residents of your new home or apartment. Hiring a pest control company can make a world of difference. You’ll likely have had an inspection of your new home (if renting, maybe not) so you’ll know if there are any red flags. A pest control company can tell you if there is anything that needs treatment BEFORE you move in. When we moved into our home, we knew that the previous homeowners had a pest control service. They happily explained that due to the age of the home, regular maintenance and plugging up of any small crevices or spaces made all the difference. We wanted to make sure that we continued on that same pattern and kept any critters, insects (especially those that cause damage) and rodents out of our home, garage or basement.
People often don’t realize the work that goes into sealing and inspecting a home from unwanted critters. Leave this to the professionals so you can have peace of mind.
Here in New Jersey, you’ll want to find a quality company like Surf Termite and Pest Control. They serve Ocean and Monmouth Counties in NJ and are a fully licensed family-owned and operated business with affordable plans. Owner and operator Steve Wrzesnewski focuses on the client and your individual needs, which is what you want when you’re getting started with an exterminator in Neptune City. Consider options like a Home Protection Plan, which is a quarterly service that allows for rigorous pest management of most common household pests, termite protection and treatment (which can be a costly problem not covered by home owner’s insurance), pre-construction treatment and protection, humane wildlife removal, rodent control, and tick & mosquito control.
Replace Bathroom Items
We have always replaced things like showerheads, toilet seats and sometimes sink fixtures depending on the home.
Keep the home clean by making sure all filters are changed and replaced with fresh, new ones.Filters will be on things like the furnace or heating system, exhaust fans, ventilation fans, dehumidifiers, central vac systems and more. Make a checklist and start fresh.
Smoke Alarms/CO2 Alarms
Take the time to replace all batteries in smoke detectors and Carbon Monoxide detectors. It’s also a good time to make sure that the home has several fire extinguishers available (in the basement, near the kitchen stove/oven, etc). Be sure any existing extinguishers and alarms are in good working order.
If you will be painting or refinishing floors, consider doing these things before you move your furniture and belongings in. It will make things significantly easier for you. A quick tip for this – we went with a moving company that could store our belongings for the short-term and only brought what we needed to our home. We were able to delay the delivery of our furniture and large items until after floors had been refinished and walls had been painted.
What have you done before you’ve moved into a new place? Do you have any other tips or ideas for what to do before moving in? Share in the comments below!