New Homeowner Checklist
December 27, 2016
First of all, congratulations on buying a new home! This is definitely an exciting time in your life, especially if this is your first home and you are no longer paying rent. Now that you have taken this step, there are some things you need to remember to do just before and right after you move in.
Change Your Locks
When you can, be sure to change the locks on your home. You have no way of knowing exactly who may have keys for the current ones. Thus, the safest thing to do is change the locks and only give copies of the key to people you trust.
Clean the Carpets
One of the best ways to bring your new house to life is perk up the carpets. Cleaning the rugs in a re-sale home will also help eliminate bacteria, fungus, chemicals, and other irritants. It is especially helpful to do when you buy a home if the previous owners were smokers or had pets. In order to clean your carpets effectively, we recommend doing so before you move your belongings in so that the workers may access the whole carpet and there is time for it to dry.
Replace Batteries in Alarms
Every home should have at least one smoke alarm and carbon monoxide detector on each floor. Because there’s no way of knowing when they were previously changed, we recommend replacing the batteries as soon as possible. This way, you can sleep soundly knowing these devices will work in the event of an emergency.
Check the Breaker Box and Water Valve
Be sure you know where the breaker box is in your home. When you locate it, check that all of the switches have clear labelling. If something goes wrong, you can fix it faster and avoid other issues.
You should also make sure you know where the water shut-off valve is so you can turn it off for future home improvement projects.
Paint in Advance
Do you plan to paint anything shortly after you move into your new home? If possible, do it in advance instead. This eliminates the need for a lot of protective coverings and gives the paint time to dry, reducing the potential for smudges and other unpleasant consequences.
Develop a Maintenance Checklist
Will there be regular maintenance required in and around your new home? Make a list of these items as soon as you can. Try to note how often you want to check certain things and perform tasks (or have someone do them for you). This will make the overall maintenance of your home more efficient.
Get a Tune-Up
Make sure your maintenance checklist includes a tune up for your fireplace, furnace, and AC system from Hogg. There is no way to know if the previous owners performed regular preventative maintenance on these essentials. Scheduling a tune up when you move in means you will know the state of things and can plan for future checks and avoid costly repairs.
These are just a few of the things you need to do as a new homeowner. You likely received a lot of information during the process of buying your home, but it never hurts to have extra knowledge and security. That way, you will rarely have to deal with unpleasant surprises!
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