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Top Things To Do Before Moving Into Your Own Home

Published by Chris Townsend

Top Things To Do Before Moving Into Your Own Home

It's difficult to move to a new home sometimes but if you think about it, it could be very exciting. After signing the mortgage papers and feeling those keys in your hand, it's time to get started living your dream. Apart from selecting the right moving company, before you move into your new home, you will want to go through this checklist to ensure that you get the most out of your new home and feel safer at your new location.

1. Change all the locks on the home

You don't know who has been given the keys to your home in the past and to avoid any unwelcome guests at any hour who didn't get the memo that the previous homeowners have moved, you need to change those locks.

2. Give your new home a new look

Painting some of the interior walls will give your home a much needed update on the look that the last homeowners found to be acceptable. Don't forget the closets and ceilings.

3. Check the insulation in your home

Again, you don't know when the last update was done to your new home and it's important to have everything in the best condition, always. The insulation will help keep you and your family warm in the winter and cool in the summer. If the insulation is not up-to-date, you may be looking at a high utility bill every month until you make the change.

4. New Flooring Can make a Difference

Before the moving truck arrives with your items, replace the flooring with a more modern look.

5. Install a New Gutter System

If the gutter system is old on your new home, it's not going to be long until you are dealing with mold, mildew, board rot, and a leaky basement. A new gutter system can prevent all of this and more.

6. Change your outlet covers

chances are, the outlet covers haven't been given a second thought since the house was built. Outlet covers can be a great way to upgrade the look of a room and it's very affordable.

7. Change the toilet seat

It's not going to break the bank to change the toilet seat in your new home.

8. Change the HVAC Filters in your Air conditioning unit/ furnace

You will appreciate it when you need to use them, new filters mean cleaner air and less stress on the heating and air conditioning unit.

9. Check all the smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors

Replace all the batteries in all the units to ensure that they are all working. If you don't see any in your new home, it's important that you put some up throughout.

10. Bring portable lights

Does the rooms operate with lamps only? Check this out before you move because chances are all your lamps are packed and loaded on the moving truck. Bring some portable lights with you just in case you don't have overhead lights.

Chris Townsend is a moving professional and relocation expert that has more than 10 years of experience in the moving industry. With a background that includes working in virtually every aspect of the company, he has distinguished himself as an integral part of our operations with expertise in all things related to moving. Chris has a keen eye for detail and brings intelligence and passion to every project he’s involved with.

While getting his degree in communications from Santa Clara University, Chris started out with the company working in the field as part of our team of professional moving associates. Following graduation, he was promoted to our main office, where he has thrived in a role that involves increasing responsibility and requires him to wear many different hats. Some days, you may find him answering the phone and providing moving estimates, others he may be writing for our moving blog, and another day he may be coordinating a large corporate moving job or helping us with our marketing efforts. Chris has authored many of our in-depth moving guides, as well as provided our clients with information and advice to handle the complexities of their upcoming moving plans. Simply put, there’s nothing he can’t do and we wouldn’t be where we are today without him.

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