To help ensure that you have an easier transition from your old home to your new home, we’ve compiled a general To-Do List of things that should be done as soon as you move into your new home.

  1. Clean the house. This may seem silly—I mean, you’re moving into a brand-new home, of course it’s clean! Isn’t it? Not necessarily. If it’s a new construction home, dust may have gathered in the vents and is just waiting to be blown all over the place. If it’s an older home, there may be grime or pests in unwanted places, such as cabinets where dishes are to be placed. Best to be safe rather than sorry!
    1. Vacuum the vents.
    2. Replace the air filters.
    3. Steam the carpets.
    4. Wipe down all doorknobs, light switches, and toilet handles with disinfectant (maybe a former resident had pink eye, you never know!).
    5. Wipe out the inside of cabinets and cupboards.

  2. Check that all appliances function properly. For example, make sure the fridge is running properly and the freezer is actually cold, ensure all kitchen appliances have been plugged in, that the washer and dryer have been set-up properly, etc.
  3. Check the plumbing. Flush the toilets. A proper home inspection should have caught any potential leaks, but it’s always good to double-check the pipes under the sink and make sure the faucets don’t leak.
  4. Switch out the lightbulbs for ones you prefer. If you’re not a fan of the soft-yellow light that most lightbulbs emit, or have a particular energy-efficient brand of lightbulbs you like to use, set those up as soon as possible so you can work happily in the type of lighting you enjoy.
  5. Update your driver’s license and voter registration. If you’ve moved to a new state, also get your car registered in the new state.
  6. Change the locks on all exterior-facing doors. This includes your front door, your garage door, and your back door. You never know who may still have a key to the house, or if a spare key was accidentally left somewhere in the yard, and you certainly don’t want unwanted visitors in the middle of the night.
  7. Make spare keys to go with the new locks and test those keys. Even professional key-cutting machines can make a minor mistake; it’s better to know your key doesn’t work when you’re able to go get it fixed immediately, than to be stuck outside of your house at midnight waiting for a relative with a working key to get home.

An experienced local real estate agent, like Carlos G, can be your best option to achieve a desirable outcome. San Diego agents are familiar with local market conditions and can provide guidance on pricing your home and making repairs without spending more than you need to.