Moving can be a very hectic time in your life. Besides closing on the house, you have to find the time to pack, change addresses on your bills, and much more. Therefore, a moving checklist can make the task much easier.
The first thing on your moving checklist should be to change any locks or codes in your new home. Ideally, this should be completed before making the move. The previous homeowners should never have access to your home once it is in your hands.
If you are worried about the cost of this, there are various options out there. You can change the locks yourself, or hire it out. If you have a security system, more than likely you will need to have a company pay to hook it back up. Or you can decide at this time to go with a new provider.
Depending upon who you purchase the home from, there may be a warranty period where the seller will cover appliances or major systems, such as the HAVAC. If your seller provides you with such a warranty, make sure to be familiar with it. This way you can look over any items in the home that are covered to be certain they are not faulty. Should your seller not provide such as warranty, do not fret. You can purchase a warranty yourself through various places. Just be sure to look at adding the most expensive things, such as an air unit or dishwasher.
Prior to moving in, you should connect to your utilities. This is a moving checklist item that is often forgotten about but can make the transition much smoother in your new home. It is a good idea to call your utility providers ahead of time to see what verification is required and how long it will take.
Our fourth moving checklist item is to make sure all smoke and carbon monoxide detectors work. It is a good idea to install new batteries, and if needed, replace other units. The best place to place a smoke detector is in the hallway by the bedrooms. Kitchens and laundry rooms should also have a smoke detector. Make sure there is one smoke detector, if not more, on each floor. Make a note to replace all batteries every 6 months.
At this time, you should also consider making a maintenance schedule for your new home. This can include not only adding the batteries to your detectors as listed above, but to replacing air filters in your air unit, cleaning out the gutters, power-washing your siding and deck, and more.
Many purchasing new homes will be strapped for cash. But they still want to give the home an updated look. One of the most cost-effective ways to do this is to paint. This can be completed by yourself, or you can hire a pro if you hate painting. Some painting companies may even provide a discount if they can paint prior to you moving in, as they will not have to work around furniture.
If you have the funds to update your flooring, now may be the time to do it prior to moving in. Pulling up the old carpet and adding a new tile can make the room look completely different. And by doing so before your moving day, you will not have to worry about working around your belongings.
Updates you may also consider include installing a new shower or tub or adding new kitchen counters. A simple replacement of the kitchen backsplash can also add a fresh updated look. If you are not a handyman, consider contacting Hybrid Construction in Tampa, FL for an estimate today.
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