Whether you’re buying a new property or moving into a new rental, there’s a lot to do to set up your new home. Don’t move your furniture in just yet; there are a few things you should check off your list to help make your new home move-in ready. Be sure to set aside the time and funds to take care of these important steps when you’re moving to a new place.

Clean the Floors

Plan for a carpet shampooing and floor cleaning before you start hauling in your belongings. This can give you a clean slate before putting all of your personal items in place. Having your floors cleaned doesn’t just remove that surface dirt and dust. It can also help remove stains, allergens and embedded grime. Even new flooring may need to be cleaned, especially if work continued around the property after it was installed.

Apply a Fresh Coat of Paint

New paint can do wonders for any space. Selecting the right shade can help a room feel brighter, newer, and cleaner. Strategically painting your walls can also help a space seem larger. It’s faster and easier to paint an empty room, so pick out your colors early and get it done before moving in. You’ll be able to avoid drips and spills on your belongings by doing so. It’s also a great way to give a room a makeover without investing in a major purchase.

Wipe Out Cabinets and Drawers

You’re probably planning on wiping off counters and cleaning fixtures before you settle in at your new home. While this is an important step, it’s not complete when it comes to move-in cleaning. Many people neglect to wipe out cabinets and drawers before filling them up. Dust, debris and even insects can lurk in the back corners of these areas, so be sure to give them plenty of attention.

Measure for Window Treatments

Unlike other elements of your home, window treatments aren’t often one-size-fits-all. Take stock of the number of windows in your new place and be sure to measure them for shades, curtains, or blinds. If you can’t afford new treatments for each and every window, start with the high-priority items where privacy and shade is a must, such as your bedroom and bathroom. Then move forward with one window at a time as your budget allows.

Moving into a new place is an exciting time. Make sure you’re ready by crossing these tasks off your list first.