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Moving into a new home can be exciting and memorable. However, it can be super stressful too. You want everything to be perfect and the home to be move-in ready before your belongings arrive — which is understandable. To make the process less stressful, follow these tips when moving into a new home.
1. Update Your Kitchen Appliances
One of the first things you should do when moving into a new home is to inspect the kitchen appliances. The last thing you want is a stove and fridge that are old and use a ton of energy. Updating your appliances to energy-efficient, more modern models can not only save you money but also help the environment.
2. Have the Attic Inspected
The attic is one of those places people tend to forget when moving into a new home. However, it’s one of the first things you should inspect. From rodent-proofing, the space to making sure there’s enough insulation, taking care of the attic can save you money and a headache later on down the road.
3. Steam Clean the Carpets
Carpets make any home feel cosier, but when you’re moving into a new home, you want to ensure they are clean. You have no way of knowing when the rugs were cleaned last or what type of germs and bacteria are lurking under the fibres. That’s why it’s important to either steam clean your carpets yourself or have a professional come in to do the job for you. This way, you know your floors are clean and your home is smelling fresh when you move in.
4. Change the Locks
Changing out the locks in your new home should be done before you move in. While it’s possible that the previous owners gave you all of the keys, it’s also possible that they didn’t. It’s better to be safe and have new locks installed than to end up being burglarized or having someone just use the key and walk into your home.
5. Check for Leaks
While checking for plumbing leaks is usually done during the home inspection, it never hurts to do it yourself once you move in. You never know what could have been missed or what might have sprung a leak between the closing and the time you take up residence in the home. Make sure to check toilets, under your sinks, and the pipes under the home as well, just to be on the safe side.
6. Locate Your Circuit Breaker
It’s extremely important to find your circuit breaker as soon as you move in, as well as your main water valve, in case something happens. It’s also a good idea to know which breakers control which parts of your home and check the fuses in the box to see if anything needs to be replaced right away.
7. Create a Master To-Do List
As a homeowner, there are a lot of things you need to take care of, including regular home maintenance and repairs. To make sure everything is always completed in a timely manner, create a master to-do list for your household as soon as you move in. When you come across something that needs to be fixed or you decide to upgrade part of the house, jot it on your to-do list until the task is complete.
Why Is Home Maintenance so Important?
As a homeowner, it’s your responsibility to make sure things run smoothly in your new dwelling. You no longer have a landlord to get things done should something break. Taking care of the above things before, or shortly after you move into your new place can save you money, time, and heartbreak on down the line.
These are just a few of the tips you should follow when moving into a new home. From rodent control to locating your circuit breaker, following these tips will ensure your home is safe and cosy for you and your family to take up residence in right away.