Your first home is exciting! But it also means you have work to do.
1. Change the Locks. You really don’t know who else has keys to your home, so change the locks. That ensures you’re the only person who has access. Install new deadbolts yourself for as little as $10 per lock, or call a locksmith – if you supply the new locks, they typically charge amount $20-$30 per lock for labor.
2. Check for Plumbing Leaks – Your home inspector should do this for you before closing, but it never hurts to double-check. Even a kitchen sink sprayer may needs replaced for a very low cost. Watch for dripping faucets and running toilets, and check the water heater for signs of a leak.
3. Steam clean carpets. Do this before you move your furniture in, and your new home life will be off to a fresh start. You can pay for professional cleaning – you’ll pay about $50.00 per room or you can rent a steam cleaner for about $30.00 per ay and to the work yourself.
4. Wipe out your cabinets. Before you move in your dishes and bathroom supplies, wipe out the cabinets. Wipe inside and out with a non-toxic cleaner, ad replace contact paper if necessary.
5. Give critters the heave-ho. This include mice, rats, termites, roaches and any other uninvited guests. There are any number of DIY ways to get rid of pests, but if you need to bring out he big guns, an initial visit from a pest removal may run more than you are willing to pay.
6. Get to know your circuit breaker box and main water value. Make sure you know which switches go to which part of the house. Make sure you know how to turn off your man water value if you have a plumbing emergency.