The search for a new home can be as exciting as it is nerve-wracking. There can be many factors to consider and steps to take, not to mention the actual time and work that goes into finding the perfect house.

But that part is over now. You knew to choose the best real estate agent, and they helped you find the house of your dreams, and now that the paperwork is signed, it will soon be time for you to move in.

But before the trucks arrive and the final rush of your move is complete, there are some things you can do in the meantime to make your adjustment to your new home that much easier.

Here are some of the things you can do when moving into a new home before you move in.

Do a Walkthrough

You probably did at least a partial walkthrough when viewing your new home, but now that it’s yours, what is a better time to do a more thorough, in-depth walkthrough of your home than before you’re moved in? With no furniture, boxes, or clutter getting in the way, you can use the empty space to really take a closer look at the place. Some things to take note of are:

  • Make sure the previous owner has made any and all cleanings/repairs to the home.
  • Make sure any agreed-upon items that were included in the sale are on the property (IE: washers and dryers).
  • Make sure all electrical fixtures and outlets are working properly, as well as taps and plumbing.

If you find points of your contract have been broken, speak with your realtor about getting them resolved, but note that anything not included in your contract/ terms of sale will likely be your responsibility to solve. Depending on what needs solving, this can be a good time to prioritize repairs that may need to be done before you move in.

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Map out Your Incoming Move

Moving day can be a bit chaotic, especially when you’ve got many people running up to you to ask where you’d like things to go. Save yourself some headaches by mapping out where you want things to go ahead of time. It might not be its exact final location, but at least it can give you an idea of what rooms to mark on some boxes when you’re packing up your items.

Do a Deep Clean

While all the surfaces, cupboards and walls are bare, now is a perfect time to get a deep clean into your home before move-in day. Now’s the best time to scrub the floors, wipe the walls (or refresh them with some paint) and clean any carpets. If you don’t have time to work your way through the house systematically, consider hiring a professional cleaning service to do it for you.

Change the Locks

It’s always a good idea to change the locks on your home after you acquire it, even if you’re not concerned about the previous owner. You can’t be sure who else might have a key to the home, and it’s always better to be safe than sorry and knowing you know everyone with a key to your front door will give you peace of mind.

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