Purchasing a new home, whether it’s for the first time or the 10th time, is an incredibly exciting time in the life of a homebuyer. It can also be quite scary and stressful, especially if you are unsure of any particular steps you may need to take before you haul all of your belongings to live under an all-new roof.
Here are 5 big steps that you should definitely take before moving into your new home:
Change the Locks – First and foremost, make sure that your locks are changed on all of your exterior doors, including the garage, as soon as the closing is over. Several sets of people may still have the current keys to the home, so call up a locksmith and take this necessary step to make this home yours, safe, and protected right away.
Clean It Up – There are many sellers out there who may clean their home before they hand the keys over to you, but there are also many who don’t take the time to do this. Either way, you’ll want to go ahead and clean your new home yourself. Either hire a service or get your tools ready to do it yourself. Make it easier by setting up an area with all of the supplies that you will need to get your home clean including buckets, brooms, vacuum, mops, and surface cleaners for washing counters, cabinets, and plumbing fixtures. Don’t forget to give the carpet a professional cleaning!
Install New Switch Plates – This isn’t a total necessity, but it’s quite nice to have all of the plates looking new and exactly the same. It will really make the house become all yours and gives it a new, clean look. All you need is a simple screwdriver to get the job done!
Get All Mechanical Equipment Serviced and Cleaned – As soon as you purchase your home, contact a professional to clean and service your heating and cooling systems before the change of the seasons arrives. You don’t want to be stuck in the middle of winter with a broken furnace!
Install Window Treatments – For the sake of privacy, comfort, and a bit of a finishing flourish, dress your windows with some window treatments. Whether it’s cheap blinds, simple curtains, or stunning shades, anything will work to keep the heat in (or out) and any prying eyes from staring into your new abode. Later in time, you can choose to upgrade your treatments for a more personalized, pulled-together look.
After you’re done with these 5 tasks, don’t forget to call your insurance agent at Madison Mutual Insurance Company to plug in all the new information in your current home insurance plan or to start fresh with a new one. We’re here for you when you call us at 1-800-766-MMIC, or you can learn more by visiting www.madisonmutual.com.