Moving into a new home is about as stressful as it gets although, unlike the other big names on the top of the stressful list, at least there is a super awesome silver lining to make things a little easier for you. After all, when the dust settles and your depleted energy levels reboot, you will have an amazing new home to show for all your hardship. That’s pretty cool. It makes all those infuriating calls with the real estate agent worth it, as well as all that paperwork you had to fill out, all that work you did to ensure the sale didn’t go wrong, all the Due Diligence you had to endure, and all those long days of packing and unpacking.
But before you get too comfortable in your new house and start doing all things you need to do to make it a home, there are a few more things you should do in the first couple of days. We know this sounds like the worst news ever and you’ll probably want to run away from this blog so that you can rest easy in a state of ignorance, but it really will be worth it.
So, without holding you up anymore, here is a quick list of annoying tasks that are totally worth doing once you’ve moved in:
Swap The Locks
Seriously. The first thing you should do once you have got the keys to your new place is phone Bradleys Safe and Lock Works and have them change your keys. This is because you really have no idea who else has keys to your place. The previous owners may have given a set of keys to the neighbors you haven’t met, their friends and family you don’t know, the lettings agent, maintenance man and their old babysitter who has recently got a rather untrustworthy boyfriend. So, to ensure no one but you has access to your home, it is worth calling a locksmith, getting them out to you ASAP and installing a deadbolt in the meantime. Do that and you can rest easy.
Do A Leak Check
This is something your home-checker no doubt did before you wrote a big fat cheque, but there is no harm in doing another once over now that you have officially moved in. Check the taps, the toilets, the shower unit, bath and any pipes you can think of. This is partly because a small leak can quickly grow into a devastating problem and partly because it will be cheaper to deal with anything straight away. If you really want peace of mind, then a great trick to use is the water meter trick. When you move in, check your water meter, make a note of the reading, and then check it again two hours later having used no water. If the reading is different, well, you can presume you have a leak.
The Freshest Start
Most carpets can look clean without actually being very clean. That is why you should get your steam clean on before you start moving in any furniture or unpacking any items. Just go for it while all the floor space is easy to get to. Buy one, rent one, it doesn’t matter. Just make sure you get to it so that you are giving yourself the freshest start to your home-owning life by getting rid of any hidden ickiness, whether it be stale cigarette smoke or fine hairs from the previous owner’s little dog. It is just worth having a fresh home from the ground up, especially when you consider everything you went through to land this new house of yours.