1. Change the locks. Do you know who else has a key to your home? Changing the locks ensures you’re the only person who has access. You can install these new deadbolts yourself for as little as $10 per deadbolt, or call a locksmith.
2. Change the garage door opener code. For the same reason as changing your locks, someone else may know your garage door access code or they may have another transmitter. Better to be safe and change the code.
3. Steam clean carpets. Much easier to do this before moving in to your new home. Just think of all the furniture you would have to move. Professional carpet cleaning service charges around $50 per room; most services charge a minimum fee before they will come out, usually around $100. Anther option is to rent a steam cleaner for about $35 per day and do the work yourself.
4. Wipe down your cabinets. So, 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 or liners if necessary.
5. Pest Control. Get rid of those uninvited guess, there are any number of DIY ways to get rid of pests, but if you need to bring out the big guns, an initial visit from a pest removal service will run you $100 to $300, followed by monthly or quarterly visits at about $20 each time.
6. Know where your circuit breaker is located. Sometimes these are inside your garage, or on the exterior wall outside your garage. It’s also 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. If you’re uncomfortable doing this, please hire a license electrical contractor.
7. Know where your main water valve is located and how to shut it off. In case you ever have an emergency and need to shut off the water, it’s always a good idea for you to familiarize yourself with where your main water shut off value is located and how to turn it off. Every home will eventually have a water issue, and it’s always best to be prepared. Here’s a great video on How to shut off the water to your home.