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3 Steps to Take before Getting Settled into Your New Home

Written by Posted On Wednesday, 21 August 2019 12:29

You’ve finally found your dream home and now it’s time to get settled in. But wait, before you start, there are some crucial steps you must take to ensure the safety and security of you and your family. Below are three important things you should do promptly after moving into your new home.

Get All of the Utilities up and Running

You need gas, electricity, and water to run properly in order for you to perform even the most basic tasks around the house. If they aren’t already on, call the utility companies to open up a new account and get them turned on immediately. You’ll also want to set up garbage collection, internet service, and find a cable provider.

Secure the Home

Unless you built your new home from scratch, someone else has probably lived there before you. Even if you think you’ve received all the keys to the property, there’s always a chance the former owners kept one for themselves. To eliminate the possibility of unwanted guests in your home, have the locks changed on all the doors. Locksmiths are specially trained to secure your home by adding new locks and deadbolts to all of the doors. It’s an important step towards ensuring the safety of you and your loved ones.

Inspect the Home from Top to Bottom

Even if you had a home inspection performed prior to moving in, it’s still a good idea to do another thorough check of the inside and outside of the home to look for any issues. Go into the attic or crawlspace and check that everything is properly insulated and that there isn’t any water damage or critters present. Check all of the walls and windows in the home to make sure they are all structurally sound. Inspect all of the appliances, including the hot water tank and furnace, to makes sure they are working correctly. Lastly, walk around the exterior of the home and check the gutters, siding, driveway, and any fencing for any problems. Address any issues found as quickly as possible to avoid more costly repairs in the future.

Owning a home is a wonderful thing, but it comes with its fair share of challenges. Getting things in order and tackling any issues that arise in a timely manner will make home ownership much easier. Once you’ve completed these three steps, you can start unpacking and get settled into your new home.

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