The day has finally arrived… you signed your name about 200 times at the closing table and got the keys to your new house! Congratulations, you’re officially a homeowner.
You’re ready to take a few pictures in front of the SOLD sign, pop open a bottle of champagne to celebrate, prepare to unload a truck full of boxes, and eventually order an extra large pizza to refuel from the wild and crazy moving day that’s on the agenda. It’s going to be an exciting time but before you get settled in for a Netflix binge, make a list and tackle a few of these things first!
1) TEST YOUR SMOKE & CARBON MONOXIDE DETECTORS.
This should be one of the very first things you do to protect your home and your family. Pick up extra batteries to keep on hand or consider updating these to smart devices for extra safety. The smart smoke detectors such as the Nest will allow you to integrate the device to an app that will alert you when smoke is detected. They’re more expensive than your typical smoke detector but well worth the extra cost. While you’re at it, purchase fire extinguishers for your home and know how to use them in case of an emergency.
2) CHANGE THE LOCKS.
Changing the locks on a new home is a standard safety measure to take but can’t be done until after closing. Swing by your local hardware store to pick up new locks before the big moving day so that you are sure to get them taken care of right away. Sometimes the simplest things can get buried to the bottom of our to-do lists when we don’t prepare in advance!
3) GET TO KNOW YOUR HOUSE.
Before you move in, you’ll have had a home inspection which is a fantastic way to learn about your new home. You’ll want to know where major things are located such as the circuit breaker box and the main water shut off valve. Keep a copy of your home inspection report so you can refer back to it if you are just learning about how all of these mechanicals work.
4) FORWARD YOUR MAIL.
We know this sounds like common sense, but the US Postal Service will actually stop forwarding mail six months after you move. In order to be sure that you are receiving everything you need, go online and get this taken care of first thing on the day of closing to get it out of the way.
5) DO A DEEP CLEAN AND TACKLE LARGER PAINTING PROJECTS.
The best time to do a deep clean is when the house is empty and free from large furniture. If you’re moving in the day you close, you could wait to unpack boxes for rooms that are harder to clean such as the kitchen and bathrooms. You could even hire a professional cleaning service to do a “move-in cleaning” so you don’t have to worry about it, and instead, can focus on unpacking!
Painting is one of the first projects new homeowners tackle when moving into a new house. Everyone has different tastes so its unlikely that you’ll love all of the paint colors that the previous owner chose. Consider picking out the colors you like and painting before moving your furniture in. It makes the process a whole lot easier and you can even invite your friends to help. It’s called a “painting party” – all you have to do is provide pizza and beverages and people always seem more than happy to help!
Time to get to start tackling this list so you are ready to go when closing day arrives. You’ll be able to sleep safe and sound knowing you took care of these things before the SOLD sign goes up!
If you’re not in the middle of a home buying purchase but want to learn more about the process, reach out to us so we can set up a time to chat!
Trang Janick & Aafke Lazar, Realtors®
Trang: (303) 956-0792
Aafke: (720) 815-6264
Co-Founders of RISE Property Collective
Keller Williams Advantage Realty
350 Indiana Street #350
Golden, CO 80401
We specialize in mountain properties and have extensive knowledge of the following areas:
Evergreen, CO real estate
Conifer, CO real estate
Bailey, CO real estate
Pine, CO real estate
Golden, CO real estate
Idaho Springs, CO real estate
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