So you bought a home! CONGRATULATIONS!!! Now that the closing is complete and those shiny new keys are in your hand… what’s next?
Yes, turn those utilizes on and pack up those boxes, but there are also items that are often forgotten when you first move in! Below I’ve pulled together a here’s what and WHY you need certain items when you move in.
HERE’S WHAT YOU NEED TO DO IN YOUR NEW HOME
Pop a bottle of champagne, grape juice, club soda… whatever your preference is! This is a moment to be celebrated so do it and be proud of your BIG purchase.
Go buy batteries for your smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors OR install new smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors. Would you rather be safe than sorry? ABSOLUTELY! New batteries will start a new timeframe and ensure that these detectors are ON and doing their job.
Change Those Lightbulbs
Change your lightbulbs to LED lightbulbs. They last longer and are more efficient! If you’re feeling ambitious, you can always move to a smarter home and install smart lights that can connect to an Alexa or Google Home!
Toilet Paper and Curtains
Seems obvious, but you’ll want toilet paper and curtains in the home while you’re slowly moving in the rest of your items. There’s no guarantee that the previous owner will leave any curtains or blinds (unless they’re attached or a fixture of the home), so don’t expect it!
Either do it yourself or hire a maid service. I recommend hiring someone the day of OR day after closing to just get it DONE! Focus on those carpets, clean those vents and bathroom tubs and floor because they need a good scrub! It’s not necessary, but it gives your new place a completely CLEAN slate and washes away all the dust.
Meet The Neighbors
“I’ll do it later…” No you won’t! Don’t be intimidated by you neighbors, just go around and say hi. It’s great to build a good relationship for when you travel out-of-town or if you ever need a helping hand. A familiar face is always helpful!
Forward Your Mail
It’s simple as one, two, three! SERIOUSLY! Go online to www.usps.com to change your address. You’ll want all those wedding announcements and Christmas cards to make it to your new home! Also, go ahead and change the addresses for your banks and bills.
Change Your Locks and Reprogram Garage Door
Yes, you were given those shiny new keys… but who else had those spares? Go to your local hardware store or Amazon and change out those locks or even get those great smart locks if you have a lot of people in and out of your home.
As for the garage door, a simple reprogram will do because your previous owners (as sweet as they were) may have had it programmed to their cars, so better to be safe!
Replace Air Filters
Clean the air! Who even know the last time those air filters were changed, so give yourself a piece of mind and replace those filters.
Pro tip: Buy multiple filters and label the extras with their change date, to keep yourself on track!
WEIRD ADDITION: TOILET SEATS!
Interesting addition, right? But think about it… you’re going to want your own, nice and new toilet seat that wasn’t shared with the previous owner.
I hope this prepared you for moving into your home! Did I forget anything? Let me know!