You have already signed a contract to purchase your new home. Now it is time to prepare yourself for the move. This includes firming up final decisions how the physical move is to be accomplished. In addition, plan on things that need to be accomplished before or immediately after you have closed on your new home. Following list are things you may want to consider doing:
Door locks – Smart homeowners will change the locks on their new home, because there is no way know how many people may have keys to your new home. If the door hardware is either old or tarnish it probably advisable to replace the hardware instead of having it rekeyed. Finally, do not forget to change the code on the garage door opener.
Detail tour of house – Familiarize all members of household where the water and gas shut-off values are located and how to turn valves off if necessary. Determine where the electrical boxes, air condition, furnace and water heater are located. Finally, review the operating instructions for all. Doing this may help you avoid a future problems.
Rooms Not Used – Due to financial reasons, and/or work load may be advisable to identify room(s) that are not needed immediately. Close off these room(s) to save on utility bills and wait until ready to use these areas.
Meet neighbors – Normally, your new neighbors will wait to you move-in before meeting you. Suggestion and good idea, would be to beat them to it. This way it indicates you are outgoing, and might be the start of good friend relationship. Finally, this is good way to find out some of the neighborhood gossip, and where things are located.
Nextdoor.com – Become a member of nextdoor.com in your new neighborhood. By becoming a member offers many benefits such as: answering questions about the neighborhood, and finding a handyman, etc.
Carpets – Sometimes buyers specified in the contract the home is to be cleaned prior to closing. Otherwise, if the home carpets have not been cleaned, there may be dirty spots, and it would a good idea to clean the carpet. Always easier to clean prior to moving-in the furniture.
Cabinets – Clean cabinets prior to moving-in or storing items into cabinets. This will help to eliminate crumbs and germs.
Alarms – Probably do not know the age of the batteries that are currently in existing house alarms. Best thing to do is: change the batteries so you will not be awaken at night with a chirping sound.