You just bought a new home and you can’t wait to move in. It’s understandable that your thoughts are occupied with new furniture and appliance choices you have to make. However, there are seven important things you need to take care of as soon as you move into your new house.
1) Change the locks.
This is an obvious task, but very often neglected by the new homeowners. Who wants to bother with the “trivialities” such as this one? The bitter truth is that you can never be quite sure how many people have the keys to your new house. Why risk the safety of your lovely ones and property by delaying this important task? A locksmith can change the locks in a matter of minutes for the price you can certainly afford. A peace of mind for yourself and your loved ones is priceless in this situation.
2) Change all the filters in the house.
Again, an initial investment that you can afford. There’s really no excuse for putting your health at risk because you didn’t want to replace the old filters in your new home. All filters you can find in your new house should be changed as soon as possible. So, change the filters in bathroom and kitchen spigots. Don’t forget air filters in the AC and heating units. Also, the vent filter above the stove shouldn’t be left behind. Most of these filters you can DIY for tens of dollars you have to pay per filter, give it or take.
3) Steam the carpets.
The best way to claim your new home is to clean it thoroughly. Before the furniture is delivered to your new address, you can easily spot every mark and flaw that has to be cleaned. Clean the entire place the best you can. Again this is something you can DIY or hire the pros to do it for you.
4) Check the plumbing leaks.
Before you fill in your new house with your stuff, you should check if there are any potential plumbing leaks. These problems can be associated with the high costs. That’s why you need to make sure the seller fix them or compensate you accordingly.
5) Get rid of pests.
This is every new homeowner’s worst nightmare. The pests can be quite annoying and unwanted guests into your new home. So, check if there are any as soon as you move in. You can try to get rid of them by using natural herbs and aromatics. If these solutions don’t help then you should hire pros to eliminate the pests from your home for good.
6) Find the shutoff valve.
Why it’s important to know where’s the exact location of the shutoff valve in your new home? Well, in case of a major plumbing problem you can turn off the water completely and begin with the repair work.
7) Locate the breaker box.
The breaker box or the distribution board plays a similar role for the electrical power in your home as the shutoff valve does for the water. You need to know where the breaker box is located, so you can shut off the power in a case of emergency or major circuit repairs in your home.
This is a to-do-list to begin with. Every new home is a different story for its new owners. You may need to do more or less of these things as soon as you move in, so you can feel better and safer. Roll up your sleeves and get down to work as soon as possible.