- Change the locks. Your new home has been through another owner, one or more Realtors, handymen and who knows who else that might have a key. Protect your new investment by changing the locks. You can change out the deadbolt yourself for about $10 a lock or buy the locks and call a locksmith to install and key them all the same for you.
- Check for plumbing leaks. If you had a home inspection, you may be in the clear with this one but a double check won't hurt. Check all your faucets for dripping, water heater connections, running toilets. Or next time you go out, go to your water meter and note a start number, when you get back check the reading. If it has changed you have a leak somewhere.
- Steam Clean the carpets. If this wasn't done by the previous owners when they moved out then get it done before you move your stuff in. Fresh and clean carpets will help eliminate odors and smells. Look for deals from local professionals or rent a cleaner yourself.
- Clean your cabinets. Before moving into your kitchen, wipe down the cabinets inside and out. You may even need to replace the shelf lining if it was used. A good inspection of the cabinets will give you an idea of their condition.
- Kill the critters. If you think you might have a critter problem, you can call in a professional exterminator or make the first attempt yourself. Local home improvement stores carry some great pest sprays and for furry friends there are traps. Use a flashlight and check the crooks and crannies before you move in to determine what type of problem you may have.
- Become friends with your breaker box. First locate it. Then make sure the breakers are labeled properly. With you and a friend, turn breakers off/on to make sure they go to the areas they are labeled for. It’s a good thing to know in the event of a storm or other natural disaster. And while you are checking that out, look for your main water valve shutoff. It should be easy to turn, not rusted or corroded. If it needs to be replaced, you will need to call a plumber.
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