✿ 7 Things to Do for a New House ✿

17 January 2015


My hubby just purchased our first home. It's in Tawau, Sabah, where my hubby works, & is just a few towns away from my parents home, Lahad Datu. Me & hubby plan to renovate the kitchen & the comfort room too,& also the master bedroom to make it more spacious. One of the things that really important is how to prioritize tasks, cleaning the siding, touching up the paint etc. What really needed to be done is the inside, really can't wait. huhu..

                                               The house. It's just a small house..hehe

                                                   Look at that. what a view!!..hehe

                Me with My lil bro Azmeer, Sisters Bie & Fenny, My precious Ziqry

                                       (Spent sometime to visit the house)

here's a list of tasks that needed doing. It'd be great to hear from you what your list of tasks would be.

1. Change the locks on the exterior doors. As soon as the closing is over and you've gotten the keys to your house, buy and install new lock sets. Let's face it, the previous maintenance folks & who knows who else are all likely to have keys to your place. For some peace of mind & as a necessary step in making this house yours, get new locks installed immediately.

2. Get the house cleaned up. While many folks will leave the house clean for you, some won't. Even if they do, you'll want to clean everything for yourself. If you do it yourself, set up an area with all of the supplies and tools you'll need to get the job done: buckets, brooms, mops, a vacuum, cleaners for each type of surface etc. Washing down cabinets, counters and plumbing fixtures and cleaning the carpeting etc. will make you feel good about the house. And don't forget a healthy supply of rubber gloves.

3. Paint all the walls and ceilings. This can be really time consuming, There's no point in just slapping up a coat of paint if the walls and ceilings are damaged — if they have cracks, holes and other defects. Prepping these surfaces can be a real chore. So unless you have a relative or two who can help, save yourself a lot of time & just hire someone.

Also, if you're short on time & the house is in dire straits & every surface needs painting, consider one neutral color for every room. This will just make it easier & limit the number of decisions you'll have to make now. You can always go back & repaint rooms the colors you want as time permits.

4. Get some organizers. Many older houses suffer from closets that have a simple pole & shelf (if that). Look at where you'll store what & get the closets outfitted to accommodate everything, to make moving in less stressful and your life in the new house more enjoyable. 

And don't just look at the closets. Think about where you'll put everything, will go a long way toward making the house that much easier to live in.

5. Install window treatments. Whether you have these custom made or you go for some inexpensive and temporary shades, you'll want to get some something on your windows — both for privacy and that finishing touch. 

There will be time later, as you live in the house and get to know it better, to choose a more personalized option.