February 5th, 2016 2:18 PM by Jodie Ford
6 Things Everyone Should Do When Moving Into Your New Joint Base Charleston Home
Moving into your first home is exciting! But it also means you’ve got work to do. 1. Change the locks. You really don’t know who else has keys to your home, so change the locks. That ensures you’re the only person who has access. Install new deadbolts yourself for as little as $10 per lock, or call a locksmith.
2. Check for plumbing leaks. Your home inspector will do this for you before closing, but it never hurts to double-check. Keep an eye out for dripping faucets and running toilets, and check your water heater for signs of a leak.
3. Steam clean carpets. Do this before you move your furniture in, and your new home life will be off to a fresh start.
4. Wipe out your cabinets. Make sure to wipe inside and out, preferably with a non-toxic cleaner, and replace contact paper if necessary.
5. Inspect for Uninvited Guests. Your home inspector will include any comments about potential rodent problems. If there is any evidence of rodents, be sure we to take care of the problem before it turns into a major issue.