New Home? 6 Things You Should Do When In A New Home
You thought there was nothing to be done on move-in day? That’s not how things work fella. You should start doing these the second your things are in the door.
1. Change The Locks On The Exterior Doors
After buying your new home, security should be your topmost priority. It’s okay, anyway, if the packing, decorating and cleaning that come with a new home take center stage. People coming into your home will have to get past the door, and all doors have locks placed on them to keep you safe.
Does it make any sense to change them, or should you just let them be?
What You Can Do About Your Locks
You Can Rekey Them
The previous owner of the home you purchased may have made spares and given them to people you neither know nor trust. If you’re looking for a cheaper method that still keeps you safe, you can rekey the lock.
When a lock is rekeyed, the old keys won’t be able to operate it, so you have new sets of keys and can feel completely safe.
You Can Have The Locks Changed
Buying new sets of locks will definitely bite more into your budget, but hey! Anything for security! You can have your locks changed yourself, or you can hire a reliable locksmith to do it all for you.
Why You Should Change Your Locks
You’ll Have A Sense Of Security
Changing your locks guarantees that you “own” your home. Just thinking about the children, teens and even psychos who may have access to your home will make you understand it’s all in your interest to change those locks.
You’ll Have The Most Effective Protection
Let’s agree that you have all the keys to your home and no spare is with a potential intruder. Does it make any sense to still be keeping locks that were all the rage during world war II?
With the increase in crime rate and evolution of door security around the world, modern doors have the best and most effective checks to ensure that only residents of a home are allowed through.
There’ll Be Order At Home
It’s possible that you were given only half the total number of keys for the locks in your house. If you have family staying with you, it means each member will wait for the “privileged” few who have the keys before they can enter the house.
No worries, anyway, as you can instill order by changing the locks and handing over a key to each family member, so everyone can do their thing anytime they want.
2. Install New Switch Plates
Electrical fires are on the increase globally, so why don’t you take a step by catering for the switch plates that regulate the flow of electric current? Apart from keeping your home safe, if you have an eye for esthetics, new switches may come in handy.
Why You Should Get New Switch Plates
It Gets Mice Off Your Walls
Switches can get cracky over time, especially if the house is a tad old, and mice will establish territories in your walls without your knowledge. You wanted a new place, a new space, and not some place where you’ll be down with fever or flu from pests for months, right? Then get new switch plates so you’re safe from their problems.
It Keeps Dust Off
Overtime, dust will accumulate in your new home, but it’s best to forget about dust blowers for now and attack the precursors. Dust has been known to cause fires and explosions, so if you’ll rather save than buy those new switches, get prepared to spend after your home is burnt down.
It Imposes Value On Your Home
So you want to sell your house and move elsewhere. If you need those offers, and quickly too, then you must work to keep prospects’ eyes well fed. Buyers are moved by what they see, so if you couldn’t care less about working on the beauty of your home, why should they care about buying at your price?
3. Get The New Place Thoroughly And Professionally Cleaned
Many home sellers will usually clean the house before move out day, but on the day you move in, you’ll find out that either dust had accumulated for the few days no one was in-house, or a shoddy and unprofessional job was done.
It’s usually boring having to deal with all the unpacking, decorating and cleaning, so it’s best you hire the services of professional cleaners to get the job done.
Why You Should Hire A Professional Cleaning Service
You Save Time
Professional cleaners take some hours off your schedule and make you focus on other things like unpacking, decorating, painting and getting ready for your first sleep.
You Are Sure A Thorough Job Will Be Done
Before hiring any maid cleaning service, you might want to check out past reviews on blogs and forums.
Services with many positive reviews mean that they’re worth their salt. Services with one or two negative reviews may not always mean “unreliable” as competitors and plainly difficult customers may want to score a point.
They Will Save You Some Medical Expenses
If you decide to go all out and do the cleaning yourself, you may use toxic products that are harmful to you and your family’s health.
Professional cleaning services are well versed in this subject because they are kitted with tons of non-toxic cleaning products for your family’s safety.
4. Install Smoke Detectors And Check For Plumbing Leaks
Smokes are usually warning signs of looming fire in your home. They cause panic, reduce visibility and are extremely poisonous when inhaled. Installing smoke detectors in your home will ensure you’re alerted if a fire incident is imminent, giving you time to escape unhurt.
Places You Can Install Smoke Detectors
Smoke usually rises as fire burns so it’s important you install smoke detectors on the stairway ceilings. Bedrooms, kitchens and basements are other locations you could install these detectors.
Plumbing Leaks And What You Can Do
If you failed to check the water bills of the previous occupants of your house, then you’ll be setting yourself up for a failure if you refuse to check for faults in the pipes immediately you move in.
How To Know You’re Having Leaks
>If you turn off water supply inside your home and your water meter keeps reading, then you have a leak.
>If you’re having molds at areas where water doesn’t normally flow to, then you have a leak, as molds need dark, moist areas to survive.
>If you’re having drips from walls or surfaces that actually have no contact with water, you have a leak.
5. Update Your Contact Info
First things first. Once you’ve made that move, you’ll want to let the police and other governmental agencies know about it. Be careful not to keep this waiting as most states consider it criminal to be in possession of an ID that doesn’t have your current address. If you’re subscribed to other newspaper, magazine and mail services, you should inform those companies that you’ve moved.
If you’re finding it difficult getting the correct address for your district, contact the house sellers to get all these sorted out.
6. Get Sleep
Seriously, you’ve done a lot! There’s not much to be said at this point. After moving in, getting to know the neighbors and just looking around, you’ll be stressed out and empty. You just need to unwind! And there’s only one natural killer that helps with this, SLEEP!
The chickens have come home to roost. No, the home owner has come home to work, so go do your thing!