New Home Checklist - 10 Things To Do After Unpacking

1.  Change The Locks - Do you know how many spare keys there are to your new home?  Probably not.  Replace all locks on your doors and consider adding smart locks and deadbolts.

2.  Get Copied Of Your Housing Docs - Keep a copy of your documents in a fireproof safe and file a copy with your financial institution.

3.  Update Home Technology - Now is the perfect time to install things like security systems and familiarize yourself with your electrical system and fuse boxes.

4.  Deep Clean - Carpets, pools, jacuzzis, ceiling fans and windows have most likely accumulated dust and other dirt prior to your move.

5.  Update Your Mailbox - Be sure to update your name and replace worn out address numbers.

6.  Test Fire Safety - Check fire extinguisher expiration dates.  Also make sure your carbon monoxide and smoke detectors are clean and working.

7. Heating & Air Conditioning - Make sure to change the air conditioning and furnace filters and ensure the air ducts aren't blocked.

8.  Update Interior - Change out window treatments, flooring, paint, cabinets and other items needing replacing early on.

9.  Change Your Address - Set up mail forwarding with your local post office.  Then change the address with the DMV, financial institutions and insurance.

10.  Have An Evacuation Plan - Find two ways to exit your home and set up a meeting place for your family in case of an emergency.  Invest in an escape ladder as well.

10 Tips to Improve The Curb Appeal Of Your Home

  • Your entryway deserves a facelift!  A new front door or a simple coat of pain will do wonders!
  • Always make sure your yard is landscaped.  Show buyers that the home was taken care of by having a well groomed lawn.
  • Lighting is important!  Be sure all outdoor light bulbs have been replaced and are in working order.
  • Wash inside and outside of all windows.  You don't want to block a great view with grime.
  • Clean out the garage.  Reserve a storage unit to store any items that aren't of immediate use.
  • Add a pop of color!  Plant flowers in front or on the sides of the house.
  • Don't forget your decorations.  Remove any lawn ornaments you will be taking with you to your new house.
  • Replace an old welcome mat with a new one before your showings start.
  • Make your address numbers more visible.  Replace old numbers with new ones or simply put on a new coat of paint.
  • Power washing sidewalks, driveways and siding will make them look brand new!

10 Tips to Make Sure Buyers Feel At Home In Your House

  • Clean!  A clean home will have buyers picturing themselves in the space with no distractions.
  • Every room needs a purpose.  Give each room an identity, even if it was just used as a bonus room.
  • Bring in the light!  Darkness makes rooms feel gloomy and small.  Keeping rooms bright makes them feel inviting and warm.
  • If it's broken, fix it!  If repairs are needed, buyers may offer less for the house.
  • De-clutter.  Show how much room is available by purging closet and pantry items.
  • Replace old carpet and throw on a fresh coat of paint.  These are the top 2 things you can do to help your home sell faster and for more money!
  • Make sure the kitchen is organized.  Clean all surfaces and store any small appliances.
  • Before showing, hide all dirty laundry and empty all trash cans.
  • Silence the noise.  Make sure no doors squeak and open and close smoothly.
  • Check the lighting.  Verify all switched work and replace old light bulbs .
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