7 Great Tips When Moving Into Your New Home

Southern Adirondack REALTORS, Inc., Queensbury, NY

March 30, 2017

Great Tips When Moving into a New Home

The Southern Adirondack REALTORS, Inc, based in Queensbury has over 500 REALTOR members from area Real Estate agencies who pride themselves in professionalism and providing the ultimate outstanding customer service for home buyers and sellers.  Here are a few tips compiled with the help of HouseLogix.com to help buyers get the most enjoyment out of their new home right from the start.

  1. Change the Locks: You really don’t know who else has keys to your home, so change the locks. That ensures you’re the only person who has access. Install new deadbolts yourself for as little as $10 per lock, or call a locksmith.
  2. Check for Plumbing Leaks: Your home inspector should do this for you before closing, but it never hurts to double-check. Keep an eye out for dripping faucets and running toilets, and check your water heater for signs of a leak. Here’s a neat trick: Check your water meter at the beginning and end of a two-hour window in which no water is being used in your house. If the reading is different, you have a leak.
  3. Steam Clean Carpets Do this before you move your furniture in, and your new home life will be off to a fresh start. You can pay a professional carpet cleaning service — you’ll pay about $50 per room; most services require a minimum before they’ll come out, so check — or you can rent a steam cleaner and do the work yourself.
  4. Wipe Out Your Cabinets Before you move in your dishes and bathroom supplies, make sure to wipe inside and out, preferably with a non-toxic cleaner, and replace contact paper if necessary. Give your refrigerator and stove a good cleaning inside and out.  Run the dishwasher with dishwasher detergent to give it a once over cleaning too!
  5. Give Critters the Heave-Ho That includes mice, rats, bats, termites, roaches, and any other uninvited guests. Especially if the house has been vacant for a while, there might be more potential for uninvited guests. There are any number of DIY ways to get rid of pests, but if you need to bring out the big guns then hire a professional pest removal service.
  6. Introduce Yourself to Your Circuit Breaker Box and Main Water Valve 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?

You’ll want to know how to turn off your main water valve if you have a plumbing emergency, if a hurricane or tornado is headed your way, or if you’re going out of town.  Just locate the valve — it could be inside or outside your house — and turn the knob until it’s off. Test it by turning on any faucet in the house; no water should come out.