Getting the keys to your new place is bound to be an exciting time. All of the hard work and determination has paid off, now you’re ready to move in. Not so fast, because there are five essential things that every new homeowner must do when purchasing a home. In this article, we’ll cover these safety and preparation tips you should complete before moving in. Even more importantly, address your insurance needs with an Indianapolis Homeowners Insurance policy.
#1: Change the locks.
First thing is first- change the locks. You never know how many people have the keys to your old locks, so play it safe and replace each one before moving in. You can do it yourself or enlist the help of a professional locksmith for about $20-30 per lock.
#2: Clean the carpets.
Do this before you move your furniture in, and your new home life will be off to a fresh start. You can pay a professional carpet cleaning service — you’ll pay about $50 per room; most services require a minimum of about $100 before they’ll come out — or you can rent a steam cleaner for about $30 per day and do the work yourself, says House Logic.
#3: Clean out the cabinets.
This goes without saying, but giving your cabinets a wipe down before putting in your clean dishes can make all the difference. Use a multipurpose cleaner to wipe away dirt and grime that’s built up over the years from previous residents.
#4: Get rid of pests.
Mice, termites, roaches, bats, and more can be lurking within your walls. This is the time to call a professional exterminator to get rid of the critters before you move in. This will cost you around $100-$300, depending on how big of an area they have to clear.
#5: Check appliances.
This is a great time to make sure everything works. While plumbing and all of the major features should have been completed during the home inspection, it never hurts to double check. Get familiar with the circuit breaker, the water valves, major plumbing issues, etc.
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