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While you can probably live with your new home's hot pink bathroom or shag carpeting for a while, there are home maintenance and upgrade projects you should tackle right away. Let us help you prioritize your projects based on level of importance.
When you move into a new home, your top concern should be the safety and security of you and your family:
Doors: Make sure all locks and keys work. Consider upgrading exterior door locks to deadbolts and adding peep holes and privacy chains. Watch our videos onon installing a deadbolt and installing a peep hole.
Windows: Install sash locks, key locks and window stops to block intruders. Make sure windows can't be pried open from the outside.
Lighting: Ensure all entry areas are well-lit. Install additional exterior lights or upgrade to motion-sensing fixtures. Watch our video on installing motion-sensing lights.
Smoke and carbon monoxide detectors: A working smoke detector should be on every floor of your home and a carbon monoxide detector near every bedroom.
With safety and security issues addressed, you can now turn to those areas of your home in need of repair. Your home inspection may have revealed structural elements or systems that need attention. If the seller didn't make the repairs, your next priority is to fix or replace the following key elements:
With your home safe, structurally sound and operational, it's time to concentrate on projects that will make your house a home — painting, updating appliances and replacing fixtures. Conduct a project planning tour through your home to assess what you need, want and would like to do to add personality to your home: