Moving into a new home is an exciting time, and you’re probably daydreaming about decor and paint schemes and new furniture. But before you get into the fun stuff, there are some basics you should cover first.
Change the Locks
Even if you’re promised that new locks have been installed in your 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 your home. Changing the locks can be a DIY project, or you 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 you start decorating. The previous owners may have had pets, young children, or just some plain old clumsiness. Take the time to steam clean the carpets so that your floors are free of stains and allergens. It’s pretty easy and affordable to rent a steam cleaner—your local grocery store may have them available.
Call an Exterminator
Prior to move-in, you probably haven’t spent enough time in the house to get a view of any pests that may be lurking. Call an exterminator to take care of any mice, insects, and other critters that may be hiding in your 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.
Author:Tahirah Stephens Phone: 602-638-7086 Dated: January 16th 2018 Views: 11 About Tahirah: ...
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Andrea Ortega has been a licensed Realtor in Arizona since 1996, and has been with American Allstar Realty since October of 2008. She originally started her career in new home sales after getting her license from Arizona School of Real Estate and Business. Andrea understands that the home buying and selling process can be exciting, but also intimidating. The experience, knowledge, and personal skills that Andrea brings to the Real-Estate profession have been the largest contributing factors to her client's loyalty. Andrea is always on top of the process, ensuring that all is running smoothly, from the first meeting through the close of escrow and beyond. Andrea values integrity, dedication, and timely communications to deliver superior service to her clients. Andrea has a personable and professional character which has allowed her to build and maintain strong relationships with her clients, many who return as repeat clients. Her ability to listen and understand the needs of her clients has translated into a successful career in real estate. Her fair, yet aggressive negotiating style, and protectiveness of her clients' best interests, and ultimately their assets, has gained her respect with her clients. Andrea is warm and caring, yet has an efficient business style which will turn you too into a client for life. Andrea is a native of Gilbert, AZ. and currently lives in Queen Creek, AZ. with her wonderful husband of twenty years, Richard. She has two beautiful daughters, Kayla who is seventeen, Kassy, who is twenty-five and a handsome son-in-law Derek. In her spare time, Andrea enjoys camping, riding quads/rzr, going to the beach, and just being with her family.
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