If buying your first house is meant to be one of the biggest expenditures you’ll ever make, then moving into that house is easily one of the most exciting. You finally have that place to call home, to do with what you like and hang pictures where you want without worrying about losing your deposit. All those decorating ideas. All that, “we can put this there and then add that to this corner; the kids will love that!” Mmmm hmmm, moving-in-day will have you chomping at the bit.
But before you pull up outside your home in a well-stacked van with your overalls on and an attitude that is ready to paint, there are some things you do first. So, delay your movers or ask MyBekins if they can store your possessions for an extra few days, and check off the following things while you still have a blank canvas.
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Swap The Locks
This is your home, your castle, your palace, and the only people that should have the keys are you and your partner (and maybe your sister if you fancy). But no one else. The problem is, you don’t know how people have keys for the current locks – the old owners, previous tenant’s, estate agents, maintenance workers etc – so swap them out. Front and back, and the garage too. And if there is an alarm, then change the code at the very least.
Smell The Smoke
Smoke alarms are one of those things we never want to hear, day or night, but we still want to know they are working. As such, make sure you replace the batteries and then inspect them carefully to make sure they are fully operational. The same goes for the carbon monoxide detector. Remember, smoke alarms save lives.
Look For Moisture
When you had the building inspector meander around the house, they should have made a note of any discoloring on the walls. That doesn’t mean you can’t do it once again, just to be sure. Walk around your new home while it is empty and just check for any yellow circles anywhere. It will be far easier to control now and be far easier for any work to be done while it is empty than it will be if your stuff is everywhere.
You don’t know what sort of owners lived there before, not really. They may have had dogs and cats and a pot-belly pig for all you know, so it is worth spending that little bit on getting a deep clean underway. Not only will this make your carpets shine like a new car, it will also get rid of any germs and mites that may be lurking in the unknown. You have no idea when this was last done, so it is worth doing now.
If there is one thing you’ll want to decorate before you get all that nice new furniture in your home, it is painting. Paint until the paint runs out. And do anything else of that ilk, such as restoring the old antique doors or polishing the kitchen cabinets, and all of that. There are two super-duper benefits to going down this route. You won’t get paint all over your new furniture, your furniture won’t be in the way and your newly painted walls will have time to dry out. Perfect.