Having a dream house is on almost every single human’s bucket list who is still breathing. You spend days and nights working hard and putting together enough money for that house of your dreams where you envision yourself living the rest of your life with your kids and grandkids. And finally, the day arrives when you break open your piggy bank and invest your savings for that house you fell in love at first sight. However, when you finally get there, you are hit by a new reality of life because moving to your dream house is certainly a huge milestone. After unlocking this achievement, you wonder what is next.
More often than not people are unprepared for this phase of the move. Micro-focusing on just getting there makes us forget that we need to have a plan for later too. During this time, you should know what steps to take because getting it right the first time is the only option for that peaceful life you always imagined in your new house.
House fixing can be exciting and stressful simultaneously. And this is why jotting out a blueprint of your plan can be immensely profitable for you. Here are some things you should keep in mind while dealing with your new house.
Safety First: Change Your Locks
The very first thing you need to absolutely do when the house is handed over to you and before you bring your family home, is to change the lock and passcode (if the house comes with an alarm system). Make sure every door has locks including the garage. When the house is up for grabs in the market, there are a lot of people who have access to the place including selling agents, maintenance workers, and the listing agents. The previous owners may also have many people in their circle who would have had access to it.
Know the Essentials: Circuit Breaker Box
In case of short circuits, you should know where the breaker is placed and exactly which corner you need to dash to in your house. It is best to invest some time in labeling the plugs and switches (if they aren’t already). It takes two to tango and two to label the board. It will be a game of a lot of hollering back and forth while you figure out which switch belongs to which room so it is best to be prepared by fully charging your cell phones or walkie-talkies.
Replace cooling and heating filters
You can save an arm and a leg by foreseeing required replacements especially the filters. Changing a disposable filter costs 4 dollars whereas changing a system (due to bad maintenance) would cost you 5k!
Closet System Installation
Make sure you know how much space your stuff is going to need and whether or not the existing closet system is good enough. It is best to redesign the closets according to your custom needs before moving in to avoid any unpleasant hassles later. You can install hanging rods, drawers or shelves so everything you own has a place in your new closet. If you are moving to New York City, then you’ve got a lot of options for reliable NYC Movers that would move your items safely.
Paint the House
Painting the house in advance before moving in can save you from all the arm days you will have to go through in moving and covering your furniture. Also, you will get some time to let that painful odor of fresh paint out of the house before shifting. If you are worried you do not know enough about the lighting in your new rooms that could affect the color of your paint, you can always apply swatches to test the shades and see if they work out with your walls.
Bonus: Deep Clean the Carpets
Experts recommend an annual appointment with the pros to deep clean carpets. What better day than the first day in your new house to begin the annual tenure? Spending a couple of hundred dollars to hire professional cleaning services to give your carpet a spa day is going to be worth it. Pros are equipped with better technology like steam-powered machines that can kill dust mites and germs. Make the most of your empty house and call them now.