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 deadbolt yourself or call a locksmith.
2. Check for plumbing leaks. Your home inspector should 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. Here’s a neat trick: Check your water meter at the beginning and end of a two-hour window in which no water is being used in your house. If the reading is different, you have a leak.
3.Steam clean the carpet. Unless your home is brand new some one else lived in your home before you and only heaven knows what they did in it! Clean and sanitize your carpet before you move your furniture in. It’s recommended that you hire a professional service to clean your carpets instead of renting a machine and doing it yourself . Professionals have much stronger equipment, hotter water and better cleaning solutions, which will give it a deeper cleaning in a fraction of the time! http://www.mightycleancarpetandupholstery.com/carpet-cleaning/
4. Clean the tile and grout. The best way to clean tile and grout effectively is with steam cleaning. Tile steam cleaning machines can be rented, but the job is more thoroughly accomplished by a tile and grout cleaning professional who not only has experience but most likely possesses industrial strength equipment. Although it may be cheaper to do it yourself, it will actually not be as cheap as you may think. Once you rent the equipment, pick it up, learn how to use it, buy the correct cleaning solutions and chemicals and return the equipment, you may have spent not only a lot of money, but your entire day on the process! A professional may seem like more money upfront, but with their experience and equipment could be in and out of your home in a few hours.http://www.mightycleancarpetandupholstery.com/tile-and-grout-cleaning/
5. Wipe out your cabinets. Another no-brainer before you move in your dishes and bathroom supplies. Make sure to wipe inside and out, preferably with a non-toxic cleaner, and replace contact paper if necessary.
6. Introduce yourself to your circuit breaker box and main water valve. It’s a good idea to figure out which fuses control what parts of your house and label them accordingly. This will take two people: One to stand in the room where the power is supposed to go off, the other to trip the fuses and yell, “Did that work? How about now?” You’ll want to know how to turn off your main water valve if you have a plumbing emergency, if a hurricane or tornado is headed your way, or if you’re going out of town. Just locate the valve — it could be inside or outside your house — and turn the knob until it’s off. Test it by turning on any faucet in the house; no water should come out.