Owning a home is one of the biggest financial investments and commitments of your lifetime. So, it isn’t any wonder that moving furniture isn’t the only thing needed to begin a fresh start in your next home. You’ll want to tackle some basic steps after moving into your home to ensure a smooth transition process.
Below, is a list of the first things you need to do after buying a house in Bloomington-Normal, Illinois.
Deep Clean Your New Home
Although it’s new to you, a good deep cleaning would not hurt. The previous owners may have done an excellent job cleaning before closing, but they may have missed a few spots. A professional deep cleaning service charges anywhere between $150-$300.
Change the Locks
If your home is not a new construction, then you’ll want to change your locks. This could cost around $50 per door. Most homes have two to four exterior doors.
Sometimes people allow their neighbors to keep an extra set of keys for them in case of an emergency or to house sit or take care of a pet while they’re away. That’s another reason it’s a good idea to rekey or change the locks on your newly bought home. The most inexpensive solution is to remove the locks from your doors and have the hardware store rekey the locks. This is less expensive than buying new locks. You could also call a locksmith to change the locks for you. This is not as expensive as you may think.
Garage doors should be reprogrammed for the remotes you have. This is because someone could have gotten their hands on an extra remote while the home was occupied.
Set up Home Security
You’ll want to have a home security system installed if there is not one already. If there is a security system in the home, it will not be active until you alert the company to activate it in your name. Simply contact the security company, and they will come out to your home and set up the system. The average cost of a security system services is $50 to $100 per month. Many people are buying alternative wireless systems such as SimpliSafe which do the same thing but for around $15 per month. Don’t forget to test your fire and carbon monoxide detectors to make sure the batteries are still good. It’s best to replace the batteries because you don’t know how old the current ones are.
Tell Others About Your New Address
Give your new address to friends and family by using Facebook or a group text message. Make sure your creditors and other billing companies are updated with your new address. You can simply call these companies or update your address online. Submit a change of address form to the U.S. Postal Service, so your mail will be forwarded from your old address to the new one.
Set up Your Utilities and Internet
Don’t forget to handle this before you move into the home. There’s nothing like sitting in a dark cold house without an internet or cable connection. Contact your utilities, cable, and internet providers to transfer these services to your new address. Call your local electric, gas, and water companies to have these services turned on.
Stock Your Toolbox
Especially if you’re a first-time homeowner, you’ll want to stock your toolbox with necessary items that help with maintaining a home. The necessary items are:
- Plumber’s Wrench
- Screwdrivers (Flathead and Phillips)
- Basin Wrench
- Nail Driver
- Tape Measure
- Small Power Drill and Drill Bits
- Staple Gun
- Electrical Tester
- Wire Nuts
- Screws and Nails
- Water Hose
- Pipe and Faucet Covers (to prevent freezing)
Get to Know Your Neighbors
Introduce yourself to your neighbors. They can be helpful by sharing information you need to know about the community. If you have children, it’s helpful to find out which families also have children your age. Central Illinois’ families are known for their mid-western hospitality and warm welcomes. Your neighbors can easily point you in the right direction when it comes to things such as finding a doctor, dentist, hairstylists, churches, schools, etc. Getting to know those who live around you is critical in making the moving process to Bloomington-Normal, IL a lot easier.
Curtains and Window Treatments
Many people ignore this item when they buy a home, but you’ll immediately notice the lack of window treatments when you arrive on day one of living in your new home. It’s unlikely that your home came with window treatments included, so you’ll want to visit your local Home Depot or another home improvement store to find curtains, blinds, drapes, toppers, scarves, Roman shades, honeycombs, sheers, and shutters. Not only will upgrading you window treatments look better, it is a quick and easy way to make your new house a home.