The process of moving into a new home has many steps, and after all the paperwork is signed and boxes unpacked, the process is over right? Not so fast! There are additional steps new homeowners should take to make sure that their home is clean and secure.
Changing the locks is the first thing a new homeowner should undertake. There is no way to know who has the keys to a house, so switching out the locks ensures that the new homeowner is the only person with access to the house. Also, before all the boxes are unpacked, the house should be deep cleaned. Steam clean the carpets, wipe down all of the doors and cabinets, and clean the toilets and sinks. This will let the owner start fresh in their new lifeand in their new home.
Check out HouseLogic’s selection of articles, Show Your New Home Who’s Boss, featuring advice for new homeowners during their first year. Speak with new homeowners about questions they have going into the process and with a veteran homeowner about what they wish they had known ahead of time. Also, speak with REALTORS® in your community about the advice they frequently give their clients who are first-time homebuyers.