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7 Things To Do When You Move Into A New House

October 22nd, 2013

From Houzz.com:

7 Things to Do Before You Move Into a New House

Get life in a new house off to a great start with fresh paint and switch plates, new locks, a deep cleaning — and something on those windows

Our son and daughter-in-law just purchased their first home. It's in a location that allows an easy commute into Boston, where our son works, and is just a few towns away from where his wife works. The house is in a older suburb adjacent to Boston, and is itself older and in need of some TLC. So rather than move in right away, the new homeowners will stay in their apartment until the lease is up. They'll spend just about every free moment of the few months getting their house ready to live in.

Of course, we didn't let them do all of this alone. Uncle Ralph and I traveled to Boston to spend a week helping them clean, paint and otherwise get the house ready. One of the things that we really helped with is how to prioritize tasks. Since it's getting close to winter, we stressed the importance of getting only the most basic outside things done. Fixing up the yard, cleaning the siding, touching up the paint etc. can all wait for the spring. What really needed to be done is the inside, not only so they can move in but so they can live there comfortably through the approaching winter.

With that in mind, here's a list of tasks that needed doing. It'd be great to hear from you what your list of tasks would be.

7. Install window treatments. Whether you have these custom made or you go for some inexpensive and temporary shades, you'll want to get some something on your windows — both for privacy and that finishing touch.

There will be time later, as you live in the house and get to know it better, to choose a more personalized option.