Congratulations on buying your new home! We know it can be stressful and tiring between packing and unpacking, and trying to find that one small essential item in your sea of boxes that are strewn about.

Here are some tips that might seem small, but will help you sleep better and make your new place feel more like your home.

1. Change the locks

Security is the #1 concern for most people in a new environment. You really don’t know who has a key to the old lock, so this will ensure you and your family are the only ones who have access. The fun part is picking out the lockset finish and style to make it your own.

2. Paint your front door 

This is a great way to let your neighbors know you’ve moved in and are making improvements. Nothing says “Hello, we are the new neighbors!” than a freshly painted door.

3. Familiarize yourself with the breaker box and main water valve

The last thing you want to do is electrocute yourself or flood your kitchen or bathroom while doing any plumbing work. It’s a good idea to figure out which fuses control what parts of your house and label them accordingly. This will take two people: One to stand in the room where the power is supposed to go off, the other to trip the fuses and yell, “Did that work? How about now?” 

4. Steam clean the carpets

This is especially important if anyone in your family has allergies, as the previous owners may have had pets. This is also a great way to get your new home life off to a clean, fresh start. You can hire a professional carpet cleaning service, or rent a steam cleaner and do it yourself.

5. Check for signs of critters

No one wants to deal with mouse droppings in their brand new home. Check cabinets for droppings, and if you find any, there are a few options you can take: the DIY way - traps, or hiring a professional pest removal service. The latter will of course be more expensive, but if you have a real infestation, it will definitely be worth it.

If you are in the market for a new home, contact us today and we will find you the perfect one! 508-808-1149 or