Do you know what all you need to do before you move into your new home? Today I have 15 things you should complete so that you can be comfortable in your new place.
It’s moving season and there is a lot going on. There are many things that you should remember to do before you move into your new house, though. So today, I made a list of the top 15 things that you should do before you move to help you out.
1. Turn on the utilities. Although people think it automatically happens, you have to call the utility company a couple of days or even weeks in advance. They will get you put into their computer and you should be good to go.
2. Set up and turn on all internet and cable services. It can take a few weeks for these services to be set up, so you definitely want to have it done in advance. You do not want to have a rainy day with no television to watch.
3. Change the locks. You do not know who may have a key to your home, so be safe and change the locks. It is super easy, but if you still want help, you can go online to HomeAdvisor or Thumbtack and find a handyman that can help you.
4. Test your smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors. If your alarms are older than five years old, many home inspectors suggest that you just purchase new ones for your own safety. At a minimum, you should replace the batteries.
5. Deep clean the home. Don’t focus solely on aesthetics. Clean your HVAC system, ductwork, dryer vent, etc. A clogged dryer vent is actually the No. 1 reason for house fires. Personally, I use either BGE HOME or Groupon to find a good deal. They then come out and clean everything for you, so you do not have to worry.
6. Forward your mail. You can do this online at USPS.gov for a small fee to verify your identity. Along with that, you will also want to update your billing information.
7. Set up an alarm system. There are many different options based on what you feel you need. There are even brokers who can find you the best deal for products, installations, etc.
8. Get fire extinguishers. We do not often think about this because we hope that we will never have to use them. If they are still usable from your previous home, you can take them with you. Or, you can purchase new ones.
“You do not know who may have a key to your home, so be safe and change the locks.”
9. Order an energy audit. Have an energy audit completed so you know where you can make your home more energy efficient. They can cost $215 to $600 but can even be free from some utility companies. Once you have one completed, you can do the necessary repairs.
10. Make the necessary repairs. You can do these on your own, or you can hire a handyman to complete your repairs. This is when you can do your energy repairs as well.
11. Do major home renovations. Nobody wants to live in a construction zone, so go ahead and complete these tasks before you move in to your newly bought home. Tasks such as repainting and sanding are much easier when the home is empty.
12. Purchase a home warranty. A home warranty can cover the cost of sudden repairs to home appliances.
13. Get to know your own home. Find your water shut-off valve and breaker box before moving in so you will know how to shut off the water and electricity if necessary.
14. Update your billing address. I know that I already mentioned this, but it is worth repeating. Tell your credit card companies, banks, and websites you purchase from frequently your new address. It will save a lot of future headaches.
15. Childproof your home. This will obviously not apply to every homebuyer, but if you do have children, make sure that you childproof your home. Millions of children are injured and hospitalized each year, so protect your babies and childproof your home earlier rather than later.
If you have any additional questions or are interested in buying or selling, please feel free to contact me. I look forward to speaking with you soon.