Your Handy New Home Checklist
Moving house can be one of the most stressful things you can ever do, so it’s a good idea to have a handy new home checklist ready before you start.
There are a number of tasks you should get completed once you’ve moved in. Then you can chill out and enjoy your new home!
Check every lock
You want to feel secure in your new home, so if you can afford it, it’s a good idea to change all the locks and get new keys for you and your family.
If you can’t replace the locks, ensure that you get all of the keys from the previous owner and keep them somewhere safe. You should also check that you have a key for every lock, including windows, utility meters, and outdoor storage sheds and garages.
Test fire alarms
As soon as you are in your new home, you should check all of the fire alarms and test them. Replace the batteries with new ones just to be extra safe, and if you have a carbon monoxide tester, check that as well.
If the home has neither of these, make sure you buy some as soon as possible and get them installed, and test them regularly.
Change toilet seats
This might not be obvious to everyone but when you take a moment and think about it, you want to do it as soon as you can!
A nice clean loo seat is a must once you’ve moved in, along with any other hygienic fixtures, such as toilet brushes, soap dishes, shower curtains, bath mats, etc…
Update your address
There are a lot of things you’ll need to update once you’re in your new home so it’s a good idea to get a list together early so you can tick them off one by one.
Here is a great moving address list you can use from the BBC.
Check the utilities
You will probably have already been shown this when you viewed the house, but if not, make sure the previous owners tell you where to find the utility boxes before they leave.
You’ll need to know where the electric and gas meters are (where applicable), as well as the water stopcock in case you need to turn off the water.
Special cleaning products
Sometimes a house will come with special finishings, such as treated wood for worktops, varnished floors, specific glass or tiles, etc… so you will need to check with the previous owners to know what’s the best way to treat them.
If you can’t get information from the owners, you will need to do your own research to ensure you get the right cleaning/treatment products for the finishings. You don’t want to spend money on a home with a beautiful oak staircase if you don’t know how to keep it looking brilliant.
Last but not least, find out when your local bin collections are. Moving house can be messy so you will want to know when you can get rid of all your rubbish!
There are a few ways to do this; you can either check with your local council, ask the previous owners or simply look out for when your neighbours are putting their bins out!
Moving house doesn’t need to be any more stressful than it already is, so use these tips to make things easier for yourself! If you’re looking to buy or sell in Cleethorpes, Grimsby, or the surrounding areas, get in touch with Argyle Estate Agents today.