What to do FIRST in a New Home!

Dated: 02/25/2020

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Moving 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.

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.

Clean out the kitchen

If the previous occupants wanted to skip on some of their cleaning duties when they moved out, the kitchen is where they probably cut corners. Wipe down the inside of cabinets, clean out the refrigerator, clean the oven, and clean in the nooks and crannies underneath the appliances.

Our clients moving into new homes in Fargo, ND say the first thing they do is clean the bathrooms and kitchens.  When moving into a new home in Bismarck, ND we hear the same thing plus taking extra time on the carpet.  Our Minot, ND clients say the kitchen is first on their list!  What we hear is best, is when those selling their homes in Fargo, Bismarck, Minot or the Lakes Area, clean out the home before the new owners move in!  I guess you could say that's the North Dakota & Minnesota nice in us. 

 

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Derek Brandenburg

The founder of the Brandenburg Crew Inc., Derek, was raised with the notion that hard work was a way of life. Growing up on a farm, most days started at 6am, and ended at 11pm. This work ethic followe....

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