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Moving home is one of the most stressful things in life. It’s tempting to move in straight away once the hassle of finding a new property to call home is done. If you still have time left on your current lease, rather than moving right away, stay until the lease is up and spend the last few months getting your new home ready.
Make a clear list of the tasks you want to complete before the move-in date. If moving to a villa, prioritize those that need outside work before the summer months hit. The last thing you want to do is weed the yard in 40-degree heat.
Change locks – If you have purchased your property, the first thing you need to do is change the exterior locks. Previous owners/tenants, guests, real estate agents, maintenance men and others may have been given keys to your property over the years. For peace of mind and a fresh start, get the locksmith in and install new sets of locks.
Hire a cleaning company – While most properties are left clean for new tenants or owners, you may want to consider getting a professional cleaning company before moving in. This way, all spaces that will soon be hard to reach or covered with furniture can be thoroughly cleaned.
Apply fresh paint – Paint all the walls and ceiling (if renting, check with your landlord first) to give your house a fresh look. Painting is a cumbersome and time-consuming task that will be completed much faster if the house is still unoccupied, i.e., without furniture or inhabitants. It will also go a long way to making your new house more homely.
Organize storage areas - Plan out where items will be stored prior to moving in, especially if you need maintenance work done. Think about more than just closets. Plan where you will store everything, from sports equipment to laundry detergent. A well-placed extra shelf or hook can help make the new house a clutter-free place to live in.
Think electrical safety - If your new home is well-lived in, it would be a nice touch to replace switches, outlets and air vents as plastic can become discolored over time. A new set will give your space a sense of newness and uniformity. It would also be smart to have all your electrical, plumbing and air-conditioning systems checked and serviced.
Taking care of these matters beforehand allows you to just unpack on moving day.
* Replace all external lock sets and install window treatments for privacy
* Get the house cleaned; paint walls and ceiling to give the house a fresh look
* Have all electrical, heating and cooling systems serviced prior to moving in
Source: Nicholas Baker, Special to Properties
The writer is a freelancer