Step 1 – Think about all of the people who had access to your home while it was listed. The listing agent, any number of buyer’s agents, and any contractors and/or caretakers if the property was vacant may all have copies of your new home’s keys. Paying a good locksmith $20-$30 per lock is a small investment to make sure your new home is secure.
Step 2 – If you paid for a home inspection before your closing then they should have done this for you; however, it never hurts to double check and saves you from big bills due to water damage later down the road. Keep your eyes open for dripping faucets, running toilets, water heater leakage signs, all of your sinks and bathtubs. Best tip is to make sure no water is being used and to check your water meter after two hours. If the water meter shows a change without water use, you can be sure that you have a leak.
Step 3 – Make sure that any uninvited guests are given the boot, including: termites, cockroaches, rats, etc… are removed from your new home permanently. If you haven’t seen any evidence or very much in the way of evidence, there are a number of DIY options for pest removal. Try http://www.houselogic.com/maintenance-repair/pest-control/ for some good tips. After completing the DIY methods or a professional service, follow through with Steps 4 & 5.
Step 4 – Before you move your furniture or any other large items into your new home and after confirming new additional guests or completing treatment, steam clean your carpets. Steamy, squeaky clean carpets put your new home’s best foot forward and kick off your new home with a fresh start. Anyone can rent a steam cleaner for about $30-$50/day or pay a professional about $50-$75/room. If you plan on continuing with a semiannual or annual steam cleaning, you may consider buying your own steam cleaner. You may even be able to make a little money on it by renting it out to your neighbors.
Step 5 – Wiping out all of your cabinets also should be completed after removing any unwanted guests and before moving in anything else. In addition to removing any potential residue, making your cabinets fresh and clean goes right along with steamed carpets. This also gives you the opportunity to check and/or replace any contact paper or drawer lining materials as needed.