The Berger Bungalow: 5 Things You Might Forget To Do When Buying A New Home

5 Things You Might Forget To Do When Buying A New Home
Posted on:4.14.2017

When you dream about the house that you will start your family in, you think about all of the fun activities and milestones that will happen in that home. From birthday parties, home improvement projects and everything in between, your dreams slowly come alive once you move in. 

When Ian and I moved into this house in the suburbs of Atlanta, we had no idea what we were doing. Thankfully, we had an awesome support system that helped us out along the way and we slowly learned how to get things done and I wanted to share the knowledge that we learned with you all!

5 Things You Might Forget To Do When Buying A New Home

1. Do a deep cleaning yourself
I know what you’re thinking. Deep clean yourself? Wouldn’t a house cleaner do a better job? Honestly, I think deep cleaning my house ourselves was one of our best decisions. We learned so much about our house by cleaning it ourselves. For example, our kitchen island lifts up from the ground and we have a weird piece of cardboard pinned under and in between our cabinets. We would have never known some of the stuff that we now know without really “getting to know” our house. 

2. Have your air ducts cleaned
You see the dirt on your floors, but you do not see the air that fills your home, or the dust and dirt filled in your air ducts. Out of sight out of mind, right? Not for me, at least. I know that the air we breathe in has a huge effect on our lives and I wanted to make sure it was 100% clean. 

When we moved in to our home, we had the popcorn ceilings removed and all of that dust ended up in our air ducts. Sears Carpet and Air Duct Cleaning came to our house the other day and before I even told them that we had our popcorn ceilings removed, they brought it up to me! Apparently, all of the debris was throughout our entire system and our furnace filters were completely clogged. 

Getting an air duct cleaning is so important and it has honestly been the best decision we have made since moving in our home - I highly recommend getting a cleaning before you move in, after you do any construction and every few years, as needed. I have noticed a huge difference in our air quality and the best perk of all is that there is less dust sitting on our furniture compared to how it was before we had the cleaning done. If you are in the Atlanta area, make sure you check out Sears Carpet and Air Duct Cleaning. They were amazing to work with - they had so much information that was helpful, they were kind and personable and you could tell that they are hard workers. They also offer carpet cleaning, upholstery cleaning and tile + grout cleaning, as well. You better believe that I will be using them for my tile cleaning soon! 

3. Schedule a pest control appointment
When you move into a new house, you have no idea what kind of bugs come with it and I don’t know about you, but I’m not a fan of creepy crawly things that can crawl on me while I’m sleeping. No thank you! Hiring pest control was the first thing on my to do list when we bought our house and I do not regret it for one second! Get rid of those bugs before you move in and you will be so much happier! 

4. Check your privacy fence
This is probably something that your home inspector will do, but if they don’t, make sure you do it! When Dakota was a puppy, she somehow fit through a tiny hole in our fence and escaped. Luckily, she was so small that she couldn’t get far and we found her in the front yard playing, but we learned an extremely valuable lesson - always get your fence checked before you move in, especially if you have animals that can escape.

5. Take it slow
This might be the biggest and best thing that you are forgetting - take it slow! Sometimes it is so easy just to wish that everything was finished and that you house looked picture perfect, but it is fine to take your time! I have finally realized that the joy in owning a home is the PROCESS of making it your own. It takes time and it is stressful, but it is always worth it in the end, and now that I look back on some of the most stressful times, the times that I’ve wanted more, I also realize that they are some of my best memories. One of my best memory in this house, so far is when we first bought the house. Ian and I did not have anything moved in, so we would work on the house all day and then eat our lunches and dinners in the back of his pick up truck bed. Take it slow and soak in all the amazing memories - you will get there in time!

There are hundreds of things that you need to do when you buy a home, but if you start with these five things, you are right on track!! 

This Post was sponsored by Sears Carpet and Air Duct Cleaning, but of course, all opinions are my own (and they really were amazing!).

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