Finally, your done with moving and your in your new home after all of your careful planning and hiring a excellent moving company. Now it’s time to take a deep breath and start some adventures in your new home. Although you feel like there’s been a weight lifted off your shoulders, there’s still some unpacking and last minute items to take care of. Here are a few things to put on your must do list after you move in:
1. CLEAN: Even tho the landlord or last home owners have done their best to clean it’s never "your" kind of clean. Make sure to give your new home another disinfecting, unless you know the last owners you never really know what your walking into. If you don’t have time to clean the whole house make sure to clean the kitchen, bathroom and carpets. These are areas where dust and germs like to hide out.
2. CHECK FOR UNINVITED GUESTS: It might not be a bad idea to check for signs of rodents and bugs. Look for droppings, entry points, gnawed items, or nesting materials in tight, hidden warm areas where critters like to make homes. It’s not a pleasant thing to do when moving in but it could prevent larger issues in the future. Keep in mind if you don’t want to look yourself you could always hire a exterminator to do a preventative check.
3. UNPACK THE SMART WAY: If you made a “open me first” box then do as it says and open it first. You might want to start by organizing your boxes and putting them in the room in which the items belong. Then you can unpack a room a day or even a weekend and still have room to walk throughout your new home. This helps minimize clutter and ultimately minimize stress. You might consider unpacking and hanging your pictures or decor so you feel more at home and comfortable.
4. CHANGE YOUR LOCKS: It’s hard to know how many people have access to keys to your new home. It’s better to be safe than sorry, you’ll feel safer in your new home after you’ve changed the locks.
5. MEET YOUR NEIGHBORS: It’s sometimes awkward to walk up to a new neighbor’s home to introduce your but you’ll be happy you did it in the long run. You may meet a new friend or learn something about your new neighborhood. The added bonus is the awareness you gain of those that live around you whether that may be a good or bad thing, you’ll know who you can trust or who you should stay away from. This in sight is something only a resident of the neighborhood can give you!