Buying a new home is an exciting experience whether you’re a first-time homeowner or a seasoned home buyer. We often focus on the process of buying a home and all the details leading up to the purchase, when what we have to do once we move in is equally as important.
Regardless of whether you bought a newly constructed home or a previously owned house, there are basic services you need to do to make sure your new living space is ready for your family. Here are the top six home improvement services to book after buying a new home.
1- Deep Cleaning
Scheduling a full deep cleaning is necessary regardless of if the house already came in good condition. Since there was foot traffic through the home selling process, as well as the previous family that lived there, a deep cleaning ensures that your new home is sanitized and ready for your family to enjoy.
2- Air Duct Cleaning
Getting yourair ducts professionally cleaned is often an overlooked service after buying a new home, but the air quality and what you breathe in on a daily basis matters for your family’s health. Air ducts that have not been cleaned (especially when you’ve just bought a new home) can lead to problems such as mold, allergies, itchiness, and airborne bacteria and viruses.
3- Change House Locks
It’s not safe to assume that only the previous family has keys to your new house. The previous owners could have given keys to friends, family, and neighbors, so make sure to book a locksmith service to change all of the house locks and provide brand-new keys. You never know who has a key to your new house and they can walk right through the front door.
4- Home Security
You can never have too many home security upgrades to keep your family as safe as possible, especially if you’ve just moved into a brand-new neighborhood. Book a professional security installer to evaluate the current home security system, and then they will make recommendations on what you can add to improve it such as extra security cameras, a video doorbell, floodlights, glass break sensors in the windows, motion sensors, or panic buttons in the case of a medical emergency or a home robbery.
5- Connectivity Installation
Internet, phone, and TV are important connectivity services to book after buying a new home. Schedule a technician to come out and set up all of your connectivity needs as soon as you move in because some providers can take a few days to get to you. This is especially important if you work remotely at home.
6- Priority House Repairs
Even if you’ve had a home inspection done before purchasing your new home, there may be hidden issues that need to be addressed. Schedule priority house repairs to be done before you start working on aesthetics and appearance changes which are preference and not high priority. Book a plumber, an electrician, or a general handyman as soon as possible to get the priority repairs out of the way and give you peace of mind that you’ve taken care of the most important issues first.
Moving into a new home is one of the landmark experiences in anyone’s life. Even if you buy a turnkey home, make sure to budget and plan for home improvement services and upgrades that are needed. You never know what’s truly in your new home until you move in, so being prepared to tackle any issues or immediate needs is crucial to make sure you have a smooth transition into your new home.