Congratulations! You have every reason to be proud of yourself. You’ve safely reached your new home and I’m sure you can’t wait to properly begin this exciting stage in your life. After all, it’s not every day you get to move into a beautiful new residence that you’ve spent months tirelessly planning towards.
However, it’s not time to celebrate just yet. There’s still plenty of important work to be done around your new house and a handful of immediate tasks that should not be put off. Take advantage of these basic tips to quickly turn your new house into a home.
Get your Utilities Up and Running
You should have already arranged the connection for water and electricity before your move; but if you have not, make sure to do so without delay. To set up your phone, internet, satellite, and security services we suggest using the convenient one-call solution Connect Your Home. We all know that there is nothing worse than waiting on hold with several companies when you have dozens of other important things to do. We interview Connect Your Home in our first episode of our Client Care Program here: http://bit.ly/2caRxcu
Change the Locks
You never know who the past owners have given the keys to. For this simple fact, changing the locks needs to be done immediately. It’s simple to install new deadbolts on your own for as little as $10 per lock. Better yet, call a local locksmith. Pro tip: purchase all of the locks you will need ahead of time from your local hardware store. If you supply the new locks, locksmiths will only charge about $20 to $30 per lock for labor.
Change your Address
Don’t procrastinate on this crucial moving step. Change your address with the post office, credit card companies, banks, insurance companies, and magazine subscriptions. How inconvenient would it be to miss a bill payment during your already chaotic life! Also, don’t forget to update your drivers license and automobile registration. If you are moving within the same state, you may be able to do this online.
Introduce Yourself to your Circuit Breaker Box and Main Water Valve
Most likely, many of your light fixtures will need new bulbs. Before you do this, grab a partner and locate your circuit breaker box and make sure to test which fuses control which part of the house. You’ll also want to know where to turn off the main water valve in the case of a plumbing emergency. The water valve will be located either inside or outside your house. If you are in a single-family home in Colorado, the valve will be most likely be located in your basement.
Last but not least, a deep clean of your home’s open and hidden surfaces is a must to ensure your new life begins with a fresh start. Before arranging furniture, hire a professional carpet cleaning service to steam your carpets. This service normally costs around $50 per room with a $100 minimum. Want to save a little money? Borrow a carpet cleaner from a friend or rent one for around $30 a day. Next, wipe out all of your kitchen and bathroom cabinets before unpacking dishes, cooking supplies, towels, and toiletries. Unfortunately, this step may lead you to discover some unpleasant visitors that may be making a home in your cabinets! If you find any evidence of critters call your local pest removal service quickly or you can purchase some DIY supplies at many local stores.