Moving into their new home is an exciting time, and they’re probably daydreaming about decor and paint schemes and new furniture. But before they get into the fun stuff, there are some basics you can remind them to cover first.
Change the locks
Even if they’ve been promised that new locks have been installed in their new home, you can never be too careful. It’s worth the money to have the peace of mind that comes with knowing that no one else has the keys to their home. Changing the locks can be a DIY project, or they can call in a locksmith for a little extra money.
Steam clean the carpets
It’s good to get a fresh start with your floors before they start decorating. The previous owners may have had pets, young children, or just some plain old clumsiness. Remind them to take the time to steam clean the carpets so that their floors are free of stains and allergens. It’s pretty easy and affordable to rent a steam cleaner— local grocery stores may have them available.
Call an exterminator
Prior to move-in, they probably haven’t spent enough time in the house to get a view of any pests that may be lurking. Remind them to call an exterminator to take care of any mice, insects, and other critters that may be hiding in the home.
Clean out the kitchen
If the previous occupants wanted to skip on some of their cleaning duties when they moved out, the kitchen is where they probably cut corners. Wipe down the inside of cabinets, clean out the refrigerator, clean the oven, and clean in the nooks and crannies underneath the appliances.