Moving into a new Westfield area home is an exciting time. You’re probably daydreaming about decor, paint schemes, and new furniture. But before you get into the fun stuff, there are some basic priority tasks for your move-in that you should cover first.
Priority Tasks for Your Move-In
Change the Locks
Even if you’re promised that new locks have been installed in your Westfield area home, you can never be too careful. It’s worth the money to have the peace of mind that comes with knowing that no one else has the keys to your property. Changing the locks can be a DIY project or, for a little extra money, you can call in a locksmith to do the job for you.
Steam Clean the Carpets
It’s good to get a fresh start with your floors before you start decorating. The previous owners may have had pets, young children, or just some plain old clumsiness. Take the time to steam clean the carpets so that your floors are free of stains and allergens. It’s pretty easy and affordable to rent a steam cleaner—your local grocery or home improvement store may have them available.
Call an Exterminator
Prior to move-in, you probably haven’t spent enough time in the house to get a view of any pests that may be lurking. Call an exterminator to take care of any mice, insects, and other critters that may be hiding in your home. Trust me. You can thank me later.
Clean Out the Kitchen
If the previous occupants wanted to skip out on some of their cleaning duties when they moved out, the kitchen is where they probably cut corners. Wipe down the inside of the cabinets. Clean out the refrigerator. Clean the oven. And, finally, clean all of the nooks and crannies underneath the appliances.
Scott Gleason, CRS at Coldwell Banker Realty – East, NJ Luxury Homes