Today’s post is brought to you by guest blogger Cait, over at Cait’s Cozy Corner!
After purchasing your first home there may be a lot of uncertainty and anxiety on what you need to make it a home. When my husband and I first bought our home, we had no idea the amount of work we’d need to do to start making it ours. Moving in boxes was one thing but making sure everything was up to date was another. I thought I would share a few things on checklist that
we created to help other first time homeowners like yourself!
• Cleaning Top To Bottom •
When looking at your home, view it from the roof to the basement. Everything should be cleaned before you move in your furniture and boxes. Here are a few ideas on what to get cleaning before everything gets brought into your home.
- Wash cabinets, counters and plumbing fixtures – One of the first things I do is gather a few close friends to help me clean. Cabinets and counters need a good wipe down before putting your kitchen appliances on them or dishes inside the cabinets.
- Mop and steam hard surface floors – Another great tool is using a mop and/or steamer to get rid of dirt and grime that may have accumulated. I love the way my surfaces look after a good clean.
- Have carpets professionally cleaned – This is a must for me, whose house always has a lot of carpet. You can either call someone to clean it or rent a carpet cleaner and do it yourself. Our carpet always looks amazing after it’s cleaned.
- Wipe down crown molding and baseboards – You never realize how much dust and dirt are on the baseboards and crown molding. Giving it a good wipe down will help those dust bunnies
- Dust vents fans and light fixtures – Get an old rag and get in those dust vents to cleaner air. I tend to always dust the light fixtures as spider webs or dust can stick to them.
• Make Your Home Safe •
I never thought of this but now that you own your home, you need to make it personal to you. That means thinking outside the box of what safety items you need to install, replace or check right away. You should get some ideas when you have your home inspection but here are my top 5 items to make your home as safe as can be.
- Change the locks and install deadbolts on all entry doors – Calling a locksmith should be first on your list. If you live in the Atlanta area, STL Locksmith if the company you need! They offer 24/7 emergency surfaces and can help unlock your doors if you get locked out, as well as installing new locks and bolts for your new space. Don’t forget to view their competitive prices for your office, home or car needs. They offer extremely friendly customer service and have extremely experienced technicians to help your every need.
- Install motion-activated lights near entrances – These are a lifesaver when coming home late.
- Develop a fire escape plan with your family – Think of if a fire were to happen in your home and talk to your family about the proper way to exit. Will you meet at a certain location? Do your children have a small ladder in their room to get out? Whatever your plan, talk about it when you first move in so everyone knows what to do
- Check/replace batteries in smoke/carbon monoxide detectors – Likewise, with having a plan, make sure your batteries are in prime condition in your smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors. These are essential to your home so make sure you write down when you last replaced them to keep your family safe.
- Buy a fireproof safe for important personal documents and valuables – This was one of the first things I purchased when we had our home. I hid it somewhere where I didn’t think burglars would look and put all my treasures and valuables inside. If something were to happen, I know these items would be safe and slept better at night.
• Maximize Energy Efficiency •
- Replace filters in HVAC system – This was something I didn’t know much about when we moved into our home but replacing your filters helps to reduce energy costs in the long run. A system that has a dirty filter can suffer from pressure drop, which can lead to reduced air flow, or “blow-out,” resulting in no air infiltration at all and can be extremely harmful to you and your family. They are easy to install so check your manual for which ones are right for you.
- Install LED bulbs – LED bulbs are the only light bulbs we purchase now! They last longer and are great energy saving essentials.
- Install ceiling fans – If you live in the South like I do, it does get extremely warm in the
summer or even year round. Having ceiling fans will help cut costs and keep your family
feeling cool and happy when it’s too warm to go outside.
What are some things you would add to your home checklist?