Congratulations on Your New Home! What Now?

Planning your next move

You have the keys to your new home! What else do you need to do before moving in?

You finally have the keys to your new home and are ready to move in! While this is the most wonderful news, there are still things you need to work on before moving in. Although the house may look “move-in ready,” there are still a number of projects for you to do before moving into your new home. Read on to find out what your new to-do list is!

Change Your Home’s Locks

Unless you and the previous owner have an agreement for them staying over on the property, it is important for you to change the locks as soon as closing is over. Head to the hardware store for a new set of exterior locks or call a locksmith to change them for you. There are a lot of people who may have keys to your new home. From the previous owners to real estate agents to maintenance workers, your keys could be floating all around. So give yourself a peace of mind by changing out the locks immediately.

Clean Your New Home

We’re not saying the old owners were messy or left the house a disaster area, but cleaning your new home thoroughly before moving in will give you a sense that the house is truly ready for a new beginning. If you have a few weekends to clean, go through the house room by room and thoroughly clean the house. Dust every fixture, wash down all of the cabinets and counters, clean the bathrooms extremely well, polish the hardwood floors, steam clean carpets, and clean the vents, filters, and fans in every room. If you cringe at the idea of working this hard over the next few weekends, call in some professionals. A professional cleaning crew will be able to get the work done while you finalize your packing and get ready for your upcoming move. This is also the time to have your mechanical equipment cleaned and serviced before moving into the home. Make sure they are in running order before the upcoming seasons and that the filters are cleaned before you move in.


Let’s face it, no one likes to paint. Painting the walls and ceilings in your home is probably one of the worst home improvement jobs, but in order to make your new home feel like yours, it is a necessary evil. Before pouring the paint, go around the house looking for imperfections and prepare all of the surfaces for paint. Looks for cracks, holes, and other defects that could ruin your painting skills. This job can be a lot for one or two people. Invite your friends or relatives over to help you prep and paint. If they are unable to help, consider hiring a painting company to do it for you. Professional painters will do an excellent job while working quickly so you can move in sooner.

Trust Clagett Enterprises to Help Find Your New Home!

At Clagett Enterprises, we have extensive experience serving the greater Frederick area and Western Maryland, since 1987. Our team is a full-service real estate company that’s ready to help you with your real estate needs. Speak with a Clagett professional at 301-665-6009, or request a proposal for preventive maintenance here.


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