Post # 1
I’m in the process of saving for a house and (hopefully) closing in on one couple months. I have a really aggressive savings plan and want to make sure that I save additional money for movers, professional painters (if needed), and getting the place professionally cleaned. What other services would you recommend? It’s my first house and I want to make sure that I’m taking good care of the place from the beginning. I also would like to take advantage of the fact that the place will be empty in the beginning.
Please don’t fill like your responses must be limited to DIY. What things should you do after closing in general?
Post # 2
We had our home sprayed for bugs (we have spiders, ants, pincher bugs, those sorts of things are common here).
Right now can’t think of much else to get done right after closing. If you live somewhere warm and have AC, maybe have the unit serviced?
Post # 3
I would say if you want to paint anything or redo the floors do it before you move your furniture in! It’s such a pain in the ass to move everything away from the walls, cover the floor and furniture, ugh we learned that the hard way!
also, this sounds dumb but buy all new toilet seats. The thought of using someone’s old ones just turned my stomach!
ETA, I didn’t hire a professional cleaning service but I definitely spent a day or two mopping the shit out of floors, vacumming and spraying and wiping everything down before we had our furniture put in. Also if your getting new cable service you should call ASAP to schedule installation before your furniture comes in so they can re-wire stuff without there being stuff in the way, just keep in mind where you are putting your Tvs and computers so they can put boxes in the right spots.
Post # 4
If it has central forced air I would get the ducts cleaned, the furnace serviced and all the filters changed out. Same for AC if you have it. You can clean all you want but if the heat/cooling system is dirty it will blow the old owners dirt and dust all over your house. People are notoriously bad for getting those systems cleaned when they should.
Post # 5
Make sure your insurance is in place the minute the house is in your name.
Change the locks on all exterior doors.
Post # 6
Get the dryer vents cleaned. Most people don’t do that and it’s the #1 cause of house fires. They should be cleaned out yearly.
Post # 7
yes! I knew I was forgetting something! Change the locks! Good advice, you never know what neighbors or sellers family members who have/had a key
Post # 8
I second changing the locks! I wish I would have hired a cleaning crew to deep clean the house, I ended up cleaning for a good 3 days. But I did enjoy painting my house and wouldn’t have paid someone to do that, but it’s odd that I like to paint. I also deep cleaned all the appliances that came with the house. If we had the money, I would have refinished the floors, but hopefully next year.
Post # 9
Change the locks, get the vents blown out and sanitized, dryer vent cleaned, change filters on furnace, refinish wood floors if they need it, replace carpet and pad (if needed), make sure outer doors are steel doors (a lot of homes have wooden doors but steel is better for security), make sure cable and utilities are taken care of, insurance, update your mailing address, buy a lot of cleaning supplies, magic erasers, washer cleaner, oven cleaner, etc.
professional cleaning companies are expensive, and dont always include everything. ones we talked to charged extra for some things, like appliances, blinds, baseboards, etc.
Post # 10
I second bug bombing!! I brought it up and we just never did it. After living here a month, our basement is so full of spiders… we wish we would have taken care of it before we moved all our stuff in!
Post # 11
Ditto on the painting and re-flooring before you move your furniture in. We didn’t do this and it was a HUGE mistake. Such a hassle.
Post # 12
I second changing all of the locks!
Post # 13
These are all AMAZING ideas!! Thank you, I appreciate them.
Post # 14
save some extra funds for emergencies if you haven’t
Post # 15
I bought a house a month ago and something I never thought of was changing all the locks! The cost was very minimal, but yeah. Also just TONS of odds and ends. New curtains for most rooms, a toilet paper holder because this house didn’t have one, lamps for rooms that didn’t have sufficient lighting, etc. probably spent $500 at Target on essentials. And lastly new furnishings. Does your new house have more rooms than the old ones? Is the living room bigger? Will your queen size box spring fit upstairs? (Ours didnt, the previous owners must have had a two piece box spring, which is what we had to do) That was another 5k or so for us.