As a new home buyer, you're likely eager to move in and start living. You can make your move to the new home a lot easier if you do these five things before you start settling in.
1. Change the Locks
Many homeowners are lackadaisical about changing the locks on their new home. However, the chances are high that several people have keys to your house. The previous owners may have given a copy to their in-laws, the babysitter, the dog walker, the maid, a trusted neighbor, or a close friend. The bank or real estate agent may have keys, as well.
Call a locksmith to have them come in and change all the locks on your home, including any window locks you may have. The peace of mind will be worth the added expense.
2. Replace the Filters
Filters trap dirt, mold, pollen, and other allergens that can make your new home less than hygienic. Go around your house and replace all the filters you can find, including:
- Air Conditioner
- Central Vacuum
- Refrigerator Water
- Air Vents
- Faucets (including outside)
- Swimming Pool
3. Redo the Paint
Painting is better done before you move in to your new home. Even if you're using latex paint, which has fewer fumes than oil based paint, the rest of the muss and fuss is easier dealt with when nothing is in the house yet. Don't forget to paint the ceilings. A fresh coat of paint on the ceiling makes a huge difference in the way light reflects in the room.
4. Replace the Flooring
Your new home's flooring will be a lot easier to replace before you move all your furniture in. If you're planning on getting new carpet or having new tile or grout installed, the time to do it is before the movers start filling up your new home with boxes and furniture.
5. Replace the Windows
Not replacing windows with poor insulation can cost thousands of dollars. Older windows simply don't have the same insulation value as newer models. If you suspect your new home may have drafty windows, it's worth it to replace them now and save thousands of dollars on heating and cooling costs over the years you'll be living in your home.
These five things that you should replace in your new home will help to make life at home healthier, less expensive, and more enjoyable.