In the excitement and stress of moving, a few essential details can easily be overlooked. For example, families move into new homes and suddenly realize how dirty the walls are; or how, from a certain angle, the neighbors can see right into the master bathroom; or how off-putting the old toilet is.
Sure you have a lot of packing and cleaning to do at your old home, but your move and first few days in your new home will go much smoother if you also take time to give your new home a little attention before you move. Here are five things to do to make your new home safe and livable before you move in.
1. Get the House Cleaned
Whether you clean it yourself or hire a professional cleaning service doesn’t matter; what matters is that you get the house cleaned before you move your furniture and other belongings into your new home. First, for your health and well-being, make sure all cupboards and counters are thoroughly cleaned. Secondly, if the house has carpeting anywhere, get it professionally cleaned or rent a steam cleaner and do it yourself.
Another no-brainer is to remove all toilet seats and thoroughly clean the toilets. It might even be worth it to purchase new toilet seats to ensure their cleanliness. While you’re at it, scrub sinks and bath tubs even if they look sparkly clean.
2. Paint the Walls and Ceilings
It’s a lot easier to paint an empty room than to paint one that’s full of furniture, so do it now before you move in – even if you’re not sure of the colors you want. Experts recommend patching, priming, and doing the base coat in a neutral color if you’re not sure about your color scheme. Adding a specific color later on will be much easier with the major work already done.
The work gets done much faster if you hire professional painters, but doing it yourself can save you money. Just make sure you don’t take shortcuts and merely slap on paint over cracked, dirty walls or forget to do the ceilings. Cracked, stained, or poorly painted ceilings can ruin the look of an entire room.
3. Cover the Windows
If you’ve ever seen old sheets, towels and blankets hastily tacked up to cover windows, you know how unappealing and unsettling they can make someone feel. Don’t let that be you. Before you move in, measure the windows in your new home and get window coverings.
You might not be sure what kind of window treatments you want for each room, but, the fact is, you need something on the windows for privacy. Inexpensive draperies or window shades can do the trick until you decorate the room the way you really want it.
4. Replace the Locks
Changing the locks at your new home is common sense, but many people forget to take care of this detail before they move, and, in doing so, leave themselves vulnerable in their new environment. Perhaps it should be the first thing you do when you get possession of your new home so you don’t forget about it and leave valuable supplies or possessions unprotected.
Professional locksmiths can re-key your doors to fit your needs, or you can purchase new locks and install them yourself. If doors have electronic codes for entry, be sure to change those too, as you never know who had access to the old codes.
5. Get Connected
The process for getting the electricity, gas, and water at your new home turned on should be very simple, but still, make sure you contact the utility companies well in advance of your move in date to schedule your connection date. In addition, you’ll need to choose an internet provider and contact them early to ensure you are connected when you move in.
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Even before you get your new home ready for moving in, you can eliminate a lot of headaches and stress by scheduling your move with reliable, experienced Long island movers.
Maffucci Bekins Movers have been helping families like yours move for over 40 years. Our professional movers and packers can help simplify your move so you can get your new home ready and move on with your life.
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