What Changes Should I Make First In My New House?

If you recently moved into a new (to you!) house in North Carolina or South Carolina, congratulations are in order! Purchasing a home is a big deal, and it certainly isn’t something you should take lightly. Now that closing is over, the moving vans are gone, and you’re well-and-truly settling into your new space, though, you might be wondering, “What’s next?”


This is a common question for homeowners who have recently moved – the moving process can feel so draining, at times, that it can be tough to know exactly what to do with oneself once the dust settles. Fortunately, there are probably quite a few projects you can throw yourself into now that you’ve officially moved in. 


Continue reading this guide for some great ideas to get you started!


Take a look at your home inspection report


Before you officially purchased your new house, there’s no doubt that you had a home inspection. When you’re looking to make changes to your house, the inspection report is a great place to start. These are things that will not only improve your quality of life on a daily basis, but actually need to be done according to a home expert. You might, for instance, need to have electrical issues fixed, plumbing problems repaired, or your foundation checked out.


Invest in new locks.


The day you take possession of your home, it is extremely smart to change all the entry door locks and any window locks that can be removed and swapped. This way, you can rest assured that nobody else has keys to your new residence. If you aren’t a fan of the entry doors in your new house, consider changing them out for entirely new doors rather than just switching the locks. 


Change the paint.


Painting your new house before you get it fully organized and decorated is a wise idea. Furthermore, keep in mind that a fresh coat of paint is among the most affordable, yet impactful, ways to change how a space looks. Whether you go darker or lighter, paint is key to making a house feel more like your unique home. 


Have the gutters cleaned.


One of the most commonly overlooked home maintenance tasks is gutter cleaning. Therefore, since you may not know exactly when the gutters on your new house were last cleaned, it’s smart to schedule a cleaning right away when you move in. Fully functional gutters are necessary to keep your roof in good condition, among other factors. 


Organize, organize, organize.


Organizing your new home is one of the most important things you can do to start making it feel like your own. A house you’ve never lived in before can feel a bit like a blank slate – lean into this and embrace it! The more you begin putting things away and organizing your belongings, the more like “home” your new space will feel!


If you are interested in altering the exterior of your new house in any way, the team at Hatch  Homes is here for you. Give us a call to discuss an impending roof replacement, siding installation, or any number of other jobs.

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