Congratulations, you’ve found your dream home, it passed the final inspection and you signed your name on the dotted line. You are a homeowner!
That’s the good news. The bad new is, now there’s a whole new “to-do” list. And, it’s not the “fall inspection to-do list”, or even the “moving to-do list”, it’s the “post closing, pre-moving to-do list”. But, since this is the biggest investment of your life, and hopefully a place you’ll fill with family and love and memories, so you want to do things right, right?
Before you hire the moving van and start ordering new furniture, there are a few things that need to be taken care of before the final move.
Change the locks
All of them. You just don’t know how casual the previous owners were with handing out keys, so we recommend erring on the side of cautions and get new locks for your home.
Clean your new home
You may get lucky and have an owner leave the house spotless, ready for you to move into. But, more often than not, your home will look like someone just moved out of it. Have the house thoroughly cleaned once and for all before you move all your stuff in and start decorating.
Paint the walls and ceilings
You may not know what colors you want each room to be, but you know that you don’t want the same colors as the previous owners. Choose a simple, neutral color for all the walls. Give your home a clean slate and when you get inspired, the walls will be ready to take on whatever color or pattern that you like. Plus, giving your walls a fresh coat of paint will help brighten up an old home and make it feel like the new home you just bought. And it’s so much easier to paint an empty house, that to have to deal with moving and covering furniture. Save yourself a little time and energy, and paint while the house is empty.
Clean your HVAC systems
You may want to have a crew clean and service your HVAC systems while you’re at it. Especially now that we’re coming up on winter. This way you can also get a service contract on your systems so that if your heating breaks down in the middle of winter, you’ll know who to call.
We wish you a lifetime of happy memories in your new home.