If you caught the news at the end of last week, you likely heard about the Twin Cities housing trend. There are fewer houses on the market and are selling around an average of $225,000. That is significantly higher than normal. If you just purchased a home, read about our move-in checklist!
First thing’s first, change the locks! Duplicate keys could be anywhere – plus installing new locks will give you an instant sense of security knowing that you are the only person who has the key. In addition to this, if you are looking to install a home security system, schedule an appointment now.
Another safety item to check off the list is smoke and carbon monoxide detectors. Are the right amount installed? In Minnesota, it is required to have a smoke detector in each sleeping room, and in the hallway outside those rooms. One smoke detector must be on each floor. A carbon monoxide is required on each floor and within 10 feet of sleeping areas.
Depending on who the previous homeowners were, the colors of the wall might not be your favorite. Paint the walls now so when you move all furniture in, you don’t need to move and cover furniture. Don’t forget to check the closets and ceilings! Since you’ll be removing outlet covers while painting, if they look old, replace them! Remember to bring lighting during this project.
Thoroughly clean each room. Replace toilet seats and shower curtains.
If floors need to be replaced, work on that project before furniture is moved in.
There are many projects that can be tackled prior to move in, in additional to these ideas. What you’re able to accomplish depends on how much time you have and budget. Everyone’s move-in checklist is different, and it also depends on the house. This information is brought to you by Snap Construction of Bloomington, MN. Snap is an exterior and interior remodeling company specializing in roofing, siding, windows, insulation and decks.