Moving into a new home is an exciting time, and you’re probably daydreaming about decor, paint schemes and new furniture. But before you get into the fun stuff, there are some basics you should cover first.
Change the locks
You can never be too careful. It’s worth the money to have the peace of mind, knowing that no one else has the keys to your home. Changing the locks can be a DIY project, or you can call in a locksmith for a little extra money.
Steam clean the carpets
It’s good to get a fresh start with your floors before you start decorating. The previous owners may have had pets, young children, or just some plain old clumsiness. Take the time to steam clean the carpets so that your floors are free of stains and allergens. It’s pretty easy and affordable to rent a steam cleaner—your local grocery store may have them available.
Call an exterminator
You probably haven’t spent enough time in the house to get a view of any pests that may be lurking. Call an exterminator to take care of any mice, insects, and other critters that may be hiding in your home.
Clean out the kitchen
If the previous occupants wanted to skip on some cleaning, the kitchen is where they probably cut corners. Wipe down the inside of cabinets, clean out the refrigerator, the oven, and the nooks and crannies underneath the appliances.
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