Preparing Your New House For Move In Day

So, you have purchased your new home and can't wait to move in. Everyone in the household is probably figuring out how they want to do their rooms and other areas of the house. However, it's best to take a few days to tend to some important issues before you start the process of bringing things in the house. Once you start moving furniture, boxes, and bags in then it will get cluttered and the things you should take care of will be more difficult.

Make repairs to the fences: If you have pets that will have outside access or children, then the first thing you want to make sure of is that the fence is in good shape. If you spot any broken fence posts, holes in chain link, bent fence bars or other issues, then have them fixed right away. You may be able to temporarily block them off with wood or chicken wire until they can be fixed properly, but these things cannot be ignored.

Fix all smoke and other detectors: The first thing to do is to replace all smoke detectors with brand new, out of the package batteries. Then, test each one of the detectors by pressing the little red button until you hear the alarm. If any of the detectors are faulty, make sure you replace them with new ones right away. If anything in your home runs on gas or you have a fireplace or wood burning stove then you will also want to make sure you have carbon monoxide detectors put in, if there aren't already any. If there are, replace their batteries and test them as well.  Make sure all detectors are installed properly, they should be a certain amount of space from the ceiling or floor; follow the instructions precisely.

Childproof the house: If you have children under a certain age, then you want to make sure the home is a very safe space for them. It's going to be so much easier to childproof the house while it's empty, so you don't have to move things around and so you don't accidentally overlook a random plug here and there. A few ways to childproof the house include:

  • Putting plastic covers in what will be all unused electric outlets.
  • Putting drawer locks on all kitchen and bathroom doors that you'll want to keep the child out of.
  • Putting cabinet locks on all cabinets in rooms such as the kitchen, laundry room, and bathroom.
  • Putting childproofing toilet locks on all toilets.
  • Make sure the water heater isn't turned up too high so a child (or anyone) could get scolded.

Deep clean the house: have a professional cleaner come out and give the house a good deep cleaning from top to bottom so you know you are moving into a very clean house. 

Contact a realtor that can help you look at homes for sale for more information and assistance.