What to do Before You Move In

Dated: 07/02/2020

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Moving into a new home is an exciting time, and you’re probably daydreaming about decor and paint

schemes and new furniture. But before you get into the fun stuff, there are some basics you should cover first.

Change the locks

Even if you’re promised that new locks have been installed in your 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 home.

Changing the locks can be a DIY project, or you can call in a locksmith for a little extra money.

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

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.

Clean out the kitchen

If the previous occupants wanted to skip on some of their cleaning duties when they moved out, the kitchen is

where they probably cut corners. Wipe down the inside of cabinets, clean out the refrigerator, clean the oven, and

clean in the nooks and crannies underneath the appliances.

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Julie Bowes

As the closing coordinator for HG Agents, Julie coordinates all of the details from the time your home goes under contract, until the time it closes. She makes sure all dates are met, I’s are dotted....

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