Just Moved Into A New Home? Here’s What To Do Now
Buying a new home can be so exciting! It also gives you the chance to stamp your very own style and personality on a new property. However, some homes may need some work doing to them before you can start on the fun, creative stuff. There could be a lot of maintenance that needs to be carried out and other DIY tasks. So before you start with the decorating, it is best to tackle these jobs first.
Buy New Appliances
This step mainly applies to your new kitchen. If you need to buy new electrical appliances like a dishwasher or washing machine, then buy them sooner rather than later. Most appliances will need to be fixed into your kitchen. Once they are there, you won’t have to worry about moving them for decorating. As many are often big and bulky, getting them in place and through doorways could be tricky. It may cause damage to the current decor. So do this now to prevent damaging any new wallpaper or paintwork!
Pest Proof The Property
You don’t want any unwanted housemates in your new home. Pests like rats, bats, and cockroaches can easily creep into homes, and they could take advantage if the house is empty just before you move in. So once you arrive, check you aren’t sheltering any creepy crawlies or rodents. If not, you should still pest-proof your property. Make sure there are no gaps in doors or windows that pests can crawl through. Also, check for leaks, as these are the main water source for them in your home.
Check All Electrics
Make sure you know where your fuse box is located. It is also a good idea to account for all plug sockets and light fixtures. Then you know where they all are and can check them if you have any electrical problems in the future. Lighting that the previous homeowners left behind should be checked too. It is important to be comfortable with your new home’s electrics. This ensures you won’t be caught out by it and put your family at risk of electrocution or seriously injure yourself.
Check Plumbing System
If the house was empty when you moved in, go around and run water through the sinks and flush all the toilets. This will remove any stagnant water that has been sitting around in the system for too long. It will also give you a good idea of whether there are any issues with your plumbing system. Also, make yourself aware of the location of the stopcock. If there is ever any reason to turn off the water to your home, you will need to use the stopcock. If you new home has a water tank, quickly check it over to make sure it is in good working order.
Once you have done all these boring maintenance bits, you can begin to move onto the fun stuff! Take some time to think of your ideal interiors and turn the new house into your perfect dream home!