There are certain things that are best done prior to moving into your new Tampa Bay home. Shortly after closing, many new home buyers are anxious to move-in, but then find out many of the things they now want to do are going to take significantly longer. When a home is vacant, it is much easier to get projects completed like painting, floors, and cleaning. Here are a few things to give yourself some extra time to knock out, before your moving truck arrives.
Replace all Locks
There could be many keys out there from the house being on the market, realtors, past tenants, former owner, maintenance, etc. Always replace all locks before you move in to give yourself some peace of mind and safety for your family. Many digital combo locks are affordable now, so adding one of these can be a convenient, keyless entry for you.
Refresh the Interior Paint
A fresh coat of paint can transform a home and it is exponentially easier to get it done when the home is vacant. You do not have to worry about moving furniture, working around furniture or getting paint on furnishings. If you are going to be replacing the floor also, you can paint first and not worry about spilling any paint on the floor. This will make the whole process of painting go much faster and you will have a home that looks 10 times better.
Get the Floors Done
Whether it is steam cleaning carpets or grouting and sealing a tile floor, it is best to get it done when the house is vacant, and also prior to move-in. This will remove all dirt and grime from previous owners/tenants and leave the house smelling fresh. If you are replacing the floor, even better. You won’t have to work around furniture and it can be done after the painting.
There may be some things you are aware of that are in need of repair. Maybe there are also some minor repairs you find as you really get a chance to look around and inspect. It is a good idea to make a checklist and knock out the minor repairs by yourself or with a handyman. If you wait, you may not ever get around to them and then be living with subpar arrangements.
When the home is vacant is the best opportunity to get a pest control expert in there and eliminate all of the bugs. Doing it before you move in will give you some time to let the home air out. There are DIY pest control as well, a simple google search can give you many ideas to get rid of your specific pests.
Walk around the house and check the corners, edges, lights, outlets, etc. Make sure all wiring is good and that the home is safe for you and your family. It is also a good idea to check out the outside of the home and make sure there are no sharp edges or plants that may be poisonous if consumed.
Taking care of these things prior to moving into your Tampa bay resale will save you time and money. You will also be able to be comfortable once you are in and not have to have a to-do list hanging over your head.