crop_sm_Bp1Moving into a new home is an exciting time, and you’re probably daydreaming about decor and paint schemes and new furniture. But before you get into the fun stuff, there are some basics you should cover first.

Call the Utility Companies

One of the most forgotten tasks prior to closing or at closing is making sure to call and have the utilities changed into your name.  Your Realtor can help you with finding out who services Electric, Gas, Water, and any other services that may be required.


Make sure you sure you do a change of address with the United States Post Office to make sure your mail gets delivered to your new home!

Change the locks

Even if you’re promised that new locks have been installed in your home, you can never be too careful. It’s worth the money to have the peace of mind that comes with knowing that no one else has the keys to your home. Changing the locks can be a DIY project, or you can call in a locksmith for a little extra money.

Steam clean the carpets

It’s good to get a fresh start with your floors before you start decorating. The previous owners may have had pets, young children, or just some plain old clumsiness. Take the time to steam clean the carpets so that your floors are free of stains and allergens. It’s pretty easy and affordable to rent a steam cleaner—your local grocery store may have them available.

Call an exterminator

Prior to move-in, you probably haven’t spent enough time in the house to get a view of any pests that may be lurking. Call an exterminator to take care of any mice, insects, and other critters that may be hiding in your home.

Information provided courtesy of John Reuter and The Reuter Team.  If you have questions or would like recommendations on any of the services above please feel free to contact us 608-834-3341


John Reuter is a licensed Realtor with Home Buyers Marketing II Inc.

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