Buying a new house can be so exciting. Not just exciting but almost overwhelming. Depending on your personality you might be eager to decorate or dread it. You might be thrilled to have some projects to do or annoyed that you’re going to be giving up a TON of Saturdays. Before you get to work, here is a checklist of things to do before you move into your new home. 

 

Child Proofing the house

If you have little ones (or maybe even a very curious cat) it’s important to keep them safe especially when you are trying to unpack and are hyper-focused. Before any boxes or furniture enter the home just go through and do these three major things. I promise you will have a way easier time unpacking. 

  • Outlet covers
  • Door knob covers
  • Cabinet locks

 

Change the Locks- Hide a key

Better safe than sorry right? Even if the previous owner seemed great, you never know who might have a key to your home. While you’re at it, this is a good time to hide a key in the landscaping just in case you ever lock yourself out. 

 

Clean the Refridgerator Coils

It may seem like a weird thing to do, but it’s something that nobody thinks about. If the condenser coils get covered with dust for too long they can no longer properly release heat. The lack of repelling heat will cause your condenser to burn out faster. The coils are located on the back of the fridge and can easily be vacuumed or wiped off. 

Pulling the screen on the bottom off and vacuuming that area out will extend the life of your fridge as well. 

 

Change the A/C  Air Filter

Any HVAC technician will tell you that this is always the first thing they check when it’s not working right. The filter should be changed every three months or so. Not knowing when the last time it was changed, it’s a good idea to just go ahead and do it. They are inexpensive and could save you a lot of money and heartache on a new A/C.

 

Major Renovations

Whether you are painting, installing flooring, or removing texture from the ceiling. These things are a lot easier when there is no furniture in the house. The clean-up is a lot quicker too. 

 

Seal the granite

Granite is a popular choice for kitchens and for a good reason, it is beautiful. Most people don’t know, but it is also porous and those pores can be filled with bacteria if the granite hasn’t been sealed in a while. Being open those pores are also prone to staining. The best way to protect your granite is to have it cleaned and sealed by Zerorez. 

Zerorez® can make your granite surfaces more hygienic with our nano-technology sealer, applied by our trained professionals. Our proprietary product actually fills the porous areas of your granite surfaces creating a healthier area for food prep. 



Deep clean the New Home

Another thing that’s easier to do without furniture in the home is to deep clean the place. The best rule when it comes to cleaning is: Top to bottom, left to right. Start at the top and work your way down, that way all of the dust falls down onto the dirty surface. Here is a quick checklist for things to remember to clean:

  • Ceiling fans
  • Ledges
  • Tops of the doors
  • Vacuum A/C vents
  • Windows and window frames
  • Baseboards
  • Top of the fridge
  • Tops of cabinets
  • Inside cabinets
  • Backsplash
  • Inside the kitchen appliances
  • Behind the kitchen appliances
  • Closet shelving
  • Sliding door tracks
  • High touch areas: Light switches, fridge handles, railing, doorknobs
  • Bathroom cabinets and drawers 
  • Shower 
  • Mirrors
  • Sweep and mop flooring



Have the floors professionally cleaned

You never know what kind of fun surprises are lurking in your carpet fibers. You also may not know that the grout is actually supposed to be three shades lighter! 

Renting a carpet machine might just make things worse. All you’re doing is laying a bunch of detergent on the carpet. The chemical residue will attract more dirt and oils from your feet and your carpets will get dirtier faster. 

With Zerorez your carpets will dry within 4-8 hours allowing you to get right to work. We use our Zr Water® to clean with instead of soaps or harsh chemicals leaving your carpets nice and soft. All without chemical residue! 

Yeah, cleaning the tile on your hands and knees sounds fun and all… But why not leave it up to the professionals and save your back for the move? Who knows your new floor might actually be a completely different color than you thought! 

Grout is also a very porous material and can stain easily. It’s also an excellent idea to get the grout sealed after the cleaning to prevent any future staining.  

Save yourself some time and let Zerorez handle all of the floor cleanings. Allowing you to handle all of the other projects you need to focus on. 

 

Get to know the area

The last thing you want to do is get to know the neighborhood and the area. New to Phoenix? Here is a blog on a bunch of fun stuff to do in the Phoenix area! Congratulations on your new home.