People think that if you had that extra amount of money, you could move in and do nothing when you buy a house. This is not the case in 99% percent of the homes that are bought. No matter what, you will have to do something. No house is walk in ready. There are houses that are almost walk in ready. Here is a list of thing you will most likely have to do when buying your new house.
1. Change the locks: If you haven’t changed the locks the day after you move your stuff in, you are naive to think you will probably not get robbed. There are thousands of cases where people sold a home, and cousin Johnny had a key, and two weeks later cleaned out the new buyers. You should go to Home Depot, and change all of the locks on all of the door right away. You should also change the code for the remote start on the garage door opener while your at it.
2. Filters on Furnace: Hopefully when the furnace was checked during the inspection, the furnace was in good shape, but typically, because the owners don’t care anymore, they won’t care about changing, or leaving you filters for the furnace. Make sure you buy some new filters and change the filter the day you move in, unless it looks ok.
3. Paint: In some cases you might be ok with the paint on the wall, painting is usually a thing which must be done to all houses. Even if the paint looks ok, the walls may be dirty, and you might want to put a fresh coat on the walls to give your new house that extra sheen. Its a good idea to do that before you move in, because doing it after is more of a challenge.
4. Lawn: The minute sellers realize they sold the house, most of the time, they stop water and tending to the lawn and garden. You might have to re-sod the ground, and you might have to get fertilizer or get a professional landscaper to come in and update the grounds.
5. Clean the Vents: There is no way, anybody ever thinks about cleaning the vents before they move. You should get the vents cleaned right away, there is probably a lot of crap in there from either a renovation that was done to sell the house, or just from moving all the junk that has been sitting around, and now is moved through this process.