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5 Things You Should Do Before You Unpack

They say if you fail to plan then you plan to fail. Here we will be exploring 5 things you should plan to do before unpacking into your new home.

5. TAKE PICTURES OF EVERYTHING

And I do mean everything – the walls, floors, ceilings, you name it, snap it. It is important to photo document the state of the apartment or home before you move in. This will be your defence just in case your landlord wants to hold on to your security deposit when you move out (especially if it was only regular wear and tear).

4. PERSONALISE YOUR NEW SPACE

Plant it, hang it, screw it, paint it or even sew it! Of course, you should check with your landlord, the extent to which you can make the space your own. Side note – if you decide to paint, some paints may be really harmful to your family, especially small children. So air out the space before you move in.

3. CLEAN IT

Now if you are like me, mould, odours and creepy crawly stuff could freak you out.  Ugh! Check for mold near sinks, toilets or anywhere in the apartment where water pipes can be found. Also, check for water marks in the ceilings or on walls because this could be a sign of even bigger problems.

Ok, now let me tell you a little secret. If you are renting a fully furnished apartment, check for bed bugs on all cushioned surfaces because  ‘chink wi bite yuh‘. If they are present, then you might want to ask your landlord to call pest control. But if it is not that bad, then just use your insect spray.

2. CHANGE THE TOILET SEATS

Just spend the $2,000 JMD and get new toilet seats so you can feel like a king or queen sitting on your throne. Enough said.

1. MEET THE NEIGHBOURS

Don’t be shy, go meet your neighbours. They can tell you much more about the neighbourhood and it is always nice to have friendly people nearby in case of emergencies.

POWER TIP: CHANGE YOUR LOCKS

I know a lot of landlords will not want to hear me say this, but if you’re living alone it is better to be safe than sorry. You’ll first want to check your lease agreement to see if this is allowed. If it’s not, then call your landlord to see if they can make that special allowance. You can also add sleeper locks and if you can afford it, then put in a security system.

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