8 (Important) Things to Do Before You Move In
So you just purchased your new nest – congrats! We know that this is an exciting time and you’re probably daydreaming about paint colors, home decor and maybe even new furniture. But before you get into the fun stuff, there are some basics you should cover first.
#1 | Change the Locks
Think about it. The previous homeowners may have given you copies of their keys, but there could be others still out there. It’s definitely worth the money to have the peace of mind that comes with 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 but we highly recommend it before you move in all of your belongings!
#2 | Schedule a Cleaning Service
You have a lot on your plate with the big move and for a few hundred dollars (or less), it is so worth it to have someone clean all the nooks and crannies of your new home. There’s a good chance that the previous homeowner had messy pets, kids and/or just didn’t thoroughly clean the home.
If the home has carpeting, you may also want to rent a steam cleaner. It’s pretty easy and affordable to rent one—your local grocery store or home improvement center should have them available.
#3 | Call an Exterminator
Prior to move-in, 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. View a list of Atlanta service providers with our Moving Guide.
#4 | Locate the shut-off valves
Your home inspector may have covered this with you, but if not, it’s so important to locate your home’s shut-off valves. If there is an emergency leak or you’re doing repairs, you will need to shut off your water. Many houses have a few cut-off points to stop the water at its source. From your own shut-off valve, to your water company’s shut off valve, to the water meter, there may be several locations to get familiar with both inside and potentially outside your home.
#5 | Locate the Main Circuit Breaker
It’s important for everyone in the household to know where the main breaker box is located. Also, make sure that the breakers are clearly labeled – you’ll thank yourself later!
#6 | Install + Test Smoke Detectors
If your new home doesn’t have enough smoke detectors, you can easily purchase and install a few more. This is an inexpensive way to protect you and your loved ones in the event of a fire. On the existing smoke detectors, you can switch out the batteries or just light a match or spray a smoke test aerosol (you’ll find these at Home Depot or Lowes) to make sure the detectors are functioning properly.
Also, make sure you have at least one carbon monoxide detector in your new home!
#7 | Get the Scoop on Trash Day
With the move, you are probably going to have lots of trash and recycling materials. Find out what the pick-up day is in your neighborhood and also check to see if your city or county has special rules about excess trash. Occasionally, you’ll have to make special arrangements with the waste company to dispose of larger items.
#8 | Schedule that Housewarming Party!
Even if you aren’t officially moved in yet, it’s always a good idea to get your housewarming party on the calendar. It’s great motivation to get your new home organized quickly… and you deserve to celebrate!
Check out the Urban Nest Atlanta Moving Guide for recommended moving companies and other service providers – before and after you move in to your new home!
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