Moving home can be a huge task that can often end up being very stressful!

It can end up being a very long and drawn-out process, and most homeowners look forward to simply getting into their new home and then being able to relax and put their feet up. Unfortunately, though, just because you have moved into a new house, it doesn’t mean you can relax just yet. There will still be a few jobs that you will have to turn your attention to before you can start to settle in. Here are a few things that you will now have to add to your to-do list.

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Change The Locks

First things first – you should change all of the locks on your new property. Even though it is highly unlikely that the old owners will have kept a set of keys to try to get back in, you can never be too sure. But that isn’t the biggest risk. There could be a few spare copies of the house keys out there with other people that you don’t know about. For instance, maybe the old owners gave some keys to a builder to carry out work for them when they were at work. If they never gave the keys back, then someone out there will be able to access your home without you knowing it. To be on the safe side, you better change all your locks.

Childproof The House

If you have young children but the previous homeowners didn’t, it’s worth going through each room to ensure that it is childproofed. For example, you might want to add some child locks onto all of your kitchen cupboards. Then there is no way your child will get hold of a box of cornflakes and make a huge mess! It’s also a good idea to sand down any hard wooden corners, such as on the end of your bannister. That way, there is less chance of the kids injuring themselves if they were to tumble into them.

Recycle All Your Moving Boxes

Do you have an idea what you will do with all your boxes that you used to pack all your belongings into? There are various ways you can recycle them. You might want to try to sell them. If you place an advert in the local newspaper, then you should be able to find a buyer as there are always lots of people on the lookout for moving boxes. If you don’t really need to make any money back from them, you could simply offer them for free. If no one does want to take them off your hands, you could simply crush them and take them to your local recycling depot.

Add Some Personal Touches To The Decor

Now it’s worth spending a bit of time making the house feel like a home! Take a look on to see the various things you can use to spruce up your bathroom. You can also add plenty of personal touches to your kitchen as well, such as pot plants and personalized accessories. Adding artworks to your living room and bedrooms can also help personalize them and make them feel like your own.

Hang A Few Family Photos

One other way to feel more at home in your new house is to hang a few family photos. If you take a look on, you’ll be able to find some very stylish frames that should suit your personality. If you don’t fancy hammering in any picture hooks to your walls, you could simply stand the frames on sideboards and the tops of cupboards. I’m sure that you will be able to think of some great ways to personalize your new home with cute family photos!


All of these jobs shouldn’t take too long. Is there anything you think I’ve missed off this list? If so, let me know in the comments below!


Clean The Whole Property

Even if the previous owners have cleaned the property, it’s still worth giving it a quick once over yourself. Then at least you know it has been cleaned to your standards. If any furniture items have been left in the house, you should move them so that you can clean behind them. The old owners might have forgotten to do this. It’s also worth checking the oven and, if one has been left behind, the refrigerator, as they could be quite dirty and might need a quick clean.


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