You’ve finally found your Charleston dream home and the time has come for you to start the moving process. While your home is a free from furniture, there’s no better time to do a complete walkthrough and evaluate what still needs to be done. Now that all requested and agreed upon repairs have been made by the previous owner, this is a great time to think about additional updates you would like to complete to get your home move-in ready. Follow our guide to recommended simple updates that are worth making before moving into your new home.
Start with a fresh coat of paint. Adding a fresh coat of paint is a simple project that can personalize your new home quickly and it can also help defend your new walls from future wear and tear. Whether you decide to complete the paint job yourself or hire a professional, it is much easier to paint an empty home. It’s also a convenient time to paint since you won’t have to live with the smell of drying paint in your new house.
Change the locks. Prior to moving yourself and any belongings into your new home, consider changing the locks to every entry door. The previous owner may have given spare keys to family members and friends and it’s likely that those keys weren’t returned before the sale of the home. To ensure you’re safe and secure in your new place, it’s smart to change the locks and the alarm system codes before you move in.
Upgrade closet shelving. The first places to get cluttered in a home are typically storage areas such as closets and pantries. Before filling up these spaces, consider installing extra shelving or fixtures to make the space more efficient. Adding shelves in closet areas gives you more space to organize your clothes, foods and other belongings. When your storage areas are organized it helps keep the rest of your home clutter free by having more hidden space to store things.
Call pest control. Even if you don’t see pests in your home, that doesn’t mean they aren’t there or that they won’t decide to move in. Prevent insects from living in your home by bringing in a professional pest control company. If your neighbors have pest barriers and you don’t, the insects may relocate to your house simply because it’s more readily accessible. It’s also recommended to have quarterly inspections for larger pests like mice or squirrels. These animals can be very destructive to your house by creating holes in the wall or destroying insulation.
Now that you’ve made these small, yet effective, tweaks to your new home, it’s time to begin unpacking and organizing so you can finally settle in. If you need expert advice on the home buying process, a William Means agent can guide you throughout the process from start to finish.