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Buying a home is an exciting time, and in that excitement it’s easy for some tasks to get overlooked. If you’re thinking about buying or are in the process of moving, make sure to put these things on your to-do list!
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Change the Locks

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As soon as you’ve closed on your home and have the keys, make sure to change the locks on all exterior doors. There are many people who might have keys to your place including the previous owners, realtors, maintenance workers, etc. You can either buy and install new locks yourself or call a locksmith to change them out. You’ll have peace of mind knowing that your new home is secure!
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Check for Plumbing Leaks

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Even though this is something your home inspector should do before closing, it never hurts to double-check yourself! Things as simple as a sink sprayer might need replacing, and it’s better to find out as soon as possible! Keep an eye out for any faucets that might be dripping, or toilets that don’t stop running. Here’s a trick to help you recognize leaks: Check your water meter at the beginning and end of a two-hour time period where you’re sure that no water is being used in the home. If the reading is different, you know you have a leak!
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Steam Clean the Carpets

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Cleaning your carpets before moving your furniture it will ensure that your new home life is off to a fresh start! The carpets may look clean, but a deep steam clean could reveal more dirt than you expected! You can save money by renting a steam cleaner and doing the work yourself, or save yourself the hassle and hire a professional carpet cleaning service to clean each carpeted room.
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Wipe Down All the Cabinets

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Before you move in any dishes or bathroom supplies make sure to wipe down your cabinets! It’s important to clean the outsides AND insides, and replace any contact paper that’s past its shelf life. There’s no point in putting clean dishes into a dirty cabinet! You might find nothing but dust, or there may be an unpleasant surprise indicating some unwanted visitors in your home.
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Check for – and get rid of – any critters

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There are many different critters that could be living in your home unnoticed, including mice, termites, bats, or roaches. If you find a manageable pest problem, you can usually get rid of it on your own using some DIY methods. If the problem is more severe, invest in a pest removal service and let the professionals take it from there!
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Locate Your Circuit Breaker Box & Main Water Valve

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When you first move in, it’s a great idea to figure out and understand which fuses control which parts of your home. Once you’ve got it figured out, make sure to label the fuses accordingly to save yourself a headache down the road.
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