If you are in the process of buying a home, you are probably already excited about move-in day! It is easy to get a little carried away daydreaming about paint colors and decor, but some other essential tasks need to be taken care of before you get to the fun stuff! As a wholistic provider of quality real estate services in Knoxville, we support our customers through the process of buying a home, including preparing for moving day. Here are a few tips to ensure you check off all the necessary priorities to ensure your new home is stress-free!
1 - Consider Changing the Locks
One thing we recommend when moving into your new home is changing the locks. Even if the previous owner hands you a few sets of keys, you have no idea if other spare keys are floating around that have been passed to friends or family members and forgotten about. It can be disconcerting to think that a stranger has a key to your property. For peace of mind and security, it is wise to change the locks as soon as you move in.
2 - Arrange for Pest Control
It is pretty common to have a termite inspection carried out as part of your mortgage application when buying a property. However, other pests could be infesting a home. As part of our residential real estate services in Knoxville, we usually recommend that our clients book a pest control visit before moving in to treat the property. This will not only eliminate any pests that are lurking but will also protect your new home against future infestation. Signing up for regular pest control treatments is a great way to protect your home in the long run.
3 - Clean The Carpets
If your new home has carpets, it is often a good idea to steam clean them before you start moving your furniture in. It's a great way to make sure you have a fresh start and ensure the flooring is free of stains and potential allergens that could be hiding in the carpet's fibers. The previous owners may have had pets or children or have been careless regarding spills. There is no telling what might be lurking in the carpet, and you may not have noticed stains while viewing the property if it was still fully furnished. This need not be an expensive task; you can hire steam cleaners from most major grocery stores for a very affordable rate if you don't want to spend money on professional carpet cleaning.
4 - Protect Your Kids & Pets
Talking of kids and pets - one thing you will want to do as soon as you move is to ensure that the property is secured and safe for your kids and your pets. Is the yard fenced adequately? Do you need to remove potentially toxic plants? Depending on the age of your children, you may also want to look at things like baby gates on the stairs and child locks on particular cupboards.
5 - Transfer Your Services & Utilities
One of the big moving tasks requiring little planning is getting all your utilities and other services transferred to the new property. As part of our quality real estate services in Knoxville, we are happy to help you compile a list of who you need to contact and when. You will want to start moving utilities a couple of weeks before your move-in date. You will usually need to confirm a couple of days before, then again after the move to ensure everything has been handled correctly. It would help if you prepared by gathering all of the necessary documentation and account information. You will also want to arrange to swap your cable, phone, and internet packages to your new address. This is one of the first things you want to have hooked back up! Voter registration, driver's license, and vehicle registration will also need to be updated, and you might also want to look at forwarding your mail to USPS.
6 - Locate Your Water Shut Off & Fuse Box
Many new homeowners don't even consider learning where the fuse box and the water shut-off valve are located. We always discuss this as part of our real estate services in Knoxville. It may not seem important to know on your moving day, but you never know when you will experience an emergency, and the last thing you want is to be scrabbling around in search of the shut-off valve!
These are just some of the things you need to take care of when moving into your new home. As part of our commitment to holistic real estate services in Knoxville, we are happy to help guide our clients through the process of buying a home and moving into it. We can help to connect you with trusted partners in the area who can help fulfill some of these priorities. That's the difference when you do real estate the 'Wright' way!
Wright Realty is a full-service real estate concierge with a wholistic approach to buying and selling property in East Tennessee. We are your trusted advisor and keep open communication throughout your entire buying/selling process. Real Estate done "Wright" means more than just a 'transaction'.
Finding Your Property the "Wright" Way!