You just got the keys to your new house and walk in for the first time. If you’re able to, there are a few things that can do to your future home to prepare it for moving day. TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® Lawrenceville/Suwanee is here to tell you just what those things are.
Cover the plugs
This is especially important if you have pets or small children. While injuries from electrocution are rare, it’s better to be on the safe side. Outlet plugs are very inexpensive and you can find them in bulk at almost any hardware store.
Change the locks
Locks should be changed any time that a house changes owners. New residents have no idea who has copies of the old key. If you’re tech-savvy or want to dip your toe in smart home devices, consider buying a smart lock.
Clean it up
If your new house is pre-owned, it may not be in the best condition. Before you load it up with your possessions, be sure to give the carpet a good vacuum and sweep any hard surface floors. Cleaning the cabinets is a good idea, as people don’t clean that area very often. It may even be easier to hire a cleaning service to give your interior a touch-up.
Install window treatments
Window treatments are particularly tricky to install. It’s going to be easier to go ahead and have them finished before you start moving all of your belongings into your house. Home Depot has a great selection of window treatments that you can check out here.
Have mechanical equipment serviced
Mechanical equipment like HVACs, boilers, furnaces and heat pumps usually require yearly servicing. Go ahead and have them cleaned and serviced to start a baseline for their upkeep. Shop around for contracts as well; they can save you from expensive emergency visits and there’s usually a discount for service plans.
Install new switch plates and other devices
Many old or renovated homes have dirty outlets, mismatched cover plates or different air vent covers. Go ahead and make all of them uniform and choose some that match your home’s unique style. Likewise for the door lock, there are also “smart outlets” and “smart thermostats” that you can connect to the internet and control from your phone or smart assistant (Siri, Echo, etc).