Priority Tasks For Your Move In

Moving into a new home is an exciting time. That is probably and understatement. Moving into a new home that you just purchased is a SUPER exciting time!! Understandably, before the transaction even closes you are probably daydreaming about decor and paint schemes and new furniture and all the other wonderful ways you plan on making your new home unique to you and your family. But before you get into the fun stuff, and before you move in a single box of your personal belongings, there are some basics you should consider covering first.

Change The Locks

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Even if you’re promised that new locks have been installed in your home, you can never be too careful. It’s worth the money to have the peace of mind that comes with knowing that no one else has the keys to your home. Changing the locks can be a DIY project, or you can call in a locksmith for a little extra money. I realize this item can come across as a bit paranoid, but changing the locks doesn't cost a lot of money and will give you a sense of security on day one of life in your new home. 

Steam Clean The Carpets

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Granted, not all homes even have carpet. However, if your new home does, it’s good to get a fresh start with your floors before you start decorating. The previous owners may have had pets, young children, or just some plain old clumsiness. Take the time to steam clean the carpets so that your floors are free of stains and allergens. It’s pretty easy and affordable to rent a steam cleaner—your local grocery store may have them available.

Call An Exterminator

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Prior to move-in, you probably haven’t spent enough time in the house to get a view of any pests that may be lurking. Call an exterminator to take care of any mice, insects, and other critters that may be hiding in your home. In an ideal world this step will have been taken care of during the inspection process before you sign on the dotted line making a commitment to buy a home, but just in case this wasn't part of the negotiation, it is a good idea to take care of this now. 

Clean Out The Kitchen

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If the previous occupants wanted to skip on some of their cleaning duties when they moved out, the kitchen is where they probably cut corners. Wipe down the inside of cabinets, clean out the refrigerator, clean the oven, and clean in the nooks and crannies underneath the appliances. Once all of your kitchen appliances are set up and you are cooking meals in your kitchen, doing a deep clean is much more of a chore. It never hurts to get the first deep clean out of the way while the task is much easier. 

Andrew Kaiser

My name is Andrew Kaiser, welcome to my site! I have a passion for making images wherever and whenever I can. I seek to capture humanity and the world around me with a focus on the figure. Film, digital, pinhole, and instant photography are all fair game for me.


I grew up in the California Bay Area and started taking photography seriously in High School. I was one of the lucky few who had a chance to go to a high school with a working darkroom and a teacher who understood that making images was an art form – care and patience was a necessity in the image making process from start to finish.


Later in life I attended the University of California in Santa Cruz where I received a Bachelors Degree in the History of Art and Visual Culture. After having my fill of the California sunshine I packed up my life and moved to the Pacific Northwest. I quickly found the overcast skies, lush forests, cooler temperatures, and creative communities to be a perfect match for my work.


Over the years I have exhibited my photographs in several galleries and art shows including the Seattle Erotic Arts Festival and Cascade AIDS Project. I’ve published a few books and taught workshops up and down the west coast of the United States. Through this site I’m hoping to share my work and perhaps inspire others along the way.