All Moved In? What Next?
The day has arrived and you are at the finish line. All of the stress worry and anxiety related to buying your new home is over. You signed a mountain of documents, and were handed some brand new keys and given a brand new address. The next step is to move in and get settled. Bring in the furniture, curtains, clothes and dishes and throw out those boxes. Now you can relax!
Sort of… Once the move is complete a new set of tasks will begin; the task of homeownership. Caring for your new home is an ongoing process from the very beginning. The secret to a well maintained home starts early and saves money in the long run. That means you need to learn how to care for your home early on to avoid costly issues later on.
These Tips After Moving to Your New Home will start you off right
- Change the locks! Security first! You have absolutely no idea how many copies of that key are floating around out there. Brand new construction homes are the worst! Any worker that had access to the home during the construction phase could possibly have a key to your home, your things and enter whenever they want. Don’t put you or your home in danger. Change the locks on all outside doors. Remember to reprogram the garage door openers. If your home has a security systems that will need to be re-coded too.
- Locate all shut off values in the home. Do you know to shut off the main water, power and furnace in your new home? Do you know how to turn off the water for your toilets and sinks? Locate your electrical panel and make sure they are labeled correctly.
- Put together a list of the previous service people for the home. Know the electrician, plumber and fuel provider that has been to the home before. Make a list and check it twice that you haven’t left anyone off. Keep it somewhere that is easy to find in the middle of the night. New home? Get all the proper contact info for your builder and his providers and keep it handy.
- Smoke and CO monitors. Make sure they have battery backup. Set up a reminder to change them periodically. Smoke detectors need to be changed out every 8+ years and CO monitors every 5+ years.
- Seasonal maintenance – filters in your HVAC system (heating & cooling) system should be done to keep things clean and running efficiently. The furnace and chimney needs to be cleaned and inspected annually. Clean gutters to prevent problems with water pooling in and around the home. Disconnect your hoses from the house in the fall to prevent cracking of the faucets. Older homes need to have the faucet drained and turned off from inside. There may be more depending on your home and where you live. There are check lists available from your local insurance company that can be of help.
Relax, take a deep breath and make sure to enjoy!
Congratulations and welcome to being a homeowner!
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