Buying a house is one of the biggest and most important steps in life. You’ll finally live in a home you’ve always dreamed about, and decorate it the way you like. However, you must take care of a few things before you can start arranging furniture and creating the perfect home for your family. This is what the pre-moving activities should look like.
Checking the Leaks
The home inspector should notify you if there are any plumbing damages in the house before you decide to buy the place. However, inspectors may overlook these things sometime, which will leave you in quite a predicament. A broken pipe or a damaged faucet could cause major problems, like flood, so it would be perfect to double-check all the plumbing before you move in. Additionally, check the fuse box for potential electricity malfunction as well.
Make sure you call the exterminator a day or two before you decide to move in, so that they can see if there is any pest problem. Setting a couple of bug bombs or having the exterminator simply spray the place would be enough. Do it before you move in, because it will be easier for you to catch rodents or insects in an unfurnished house than with all the sofas and end tables in the way.
Change the Locks
Changing the locks on the exterior doors is imperative when moving into a new house. You never know if the previous owners gave their spare key to someone they know, but who is a complete stranger to you. Once you move in, start securing the home with security systems. Install an alarm, smoke detectors and have at least two fire extinguishers in the house.
Clean the House
The house that’s supposed to be sold will always look clean, but it’s definitely not clean enough for you to just move in without making it spotless. Start from scratch, get the buckets, brooms, mops, and a vacuum cleaner, and start cleaning from top to bottom. Mop the floors, wash the windows, sanitize the bathroom and the kitchen, and vacuum the entire place.
Paint the Walls
You might like the colour of the walls, but you should still paint all the walls and ceilings in the house. Not only will the house look fresh, but it will actually be fresh and bacteria free. On the other hand, if the walls are damaged and not in a good shape, you might need to call for professional help. If you decide to do it yourself, make sure to get proper workwear Sydney has to offer, and stay safe and clean during the work.
New Switch Plates
If your new home has been renovated more than once, it’s possible that it has dirty and discoloured cover plates, mismatched outlets and rusted or damaged air vent covers. Therefore, make sure you change them after you have painted the walls. Once all the painting is done, you won’t have to worry about old and dirty spots in the house anymore.
Check for Breakage
The moving service usually delivers everything in one piece, but the damages are sometimes inevitable. Therefore, make sure to double-check all the fragile pieces of furniture that could have been broken or damaged during the move. Glass objects are especially sensitive, so be careful when unpacking. If they’ve cracked or broken, you could seriously hurt yourself.
Every new house needs a couple of fix-ups before the family moves in. Now that you have considered all of these suggestions, get to work and have the house in order. Once you have changed the locks, repainted, cleaned and secured the home, you’ll be able to start decorating and designing the beautiful interior.