Welcome to your new home! We know that moving can be a stressful time, but it’s also an exciting opportunity to start fresh and make your new place feel like home. To help you settle in, we’ve put together a list of the 10 things you should do after moving in.
Change the locks: You don’t want any surprise visits from the previous owner, who still has a spare key. Plus, you never know who they might have given a key to – their ex, their nosy neighbor. You get the point.
Make a list of home maintenance tasks: It’s important to keep up with home maintenance to prevent any costly repairs down the road. Make a list of tasks that need to be done regularly, such as changing air filters or cleaning gutters, and create a schedule to stay on top of them.
Update your address: The new tenants at your old place are probably unlikely to pay your bills for you! Make sure you complete an address change at your local post office so your mail gets its way to you!
Check your smoke detectors: There’s nothing like the sound of a smoke detector beeping every thirty seconds to ruin your day. And trust me, it will wait until 3 a.m. to start beeping. We’re not joking. It will!
Locate your circuit breaker: Label each switch so you know which ones control which part of your home. If you’re lucky, this will already be done for you. If not, this is easist as a two person mission.
Find the main water valve: You don’t want to be looking for this when a pipe decides to burst on a cold winter night. Find out where it is now and make sure it works. This could save you thousands of dollars in damage if you ever need to shut it off.
Install a security system: Make your new home feel even more secure by installing a security system. There are many affordable options available that can give you peace of mind and protect your home from potential break-ins. You can buy easy to install, DIY kits right off of Amazon, and they won’t break the bank.
Set up utilities: Electricity? Check. Gas? Check. Water? Check. Funny story. My oldest son went over two years without paying his wastewater bill because the previous owner was paying it and didn’t realize it. Unless you have luck like that, make sure you’ve got everything switched so your utilities stay on during your housewarming party.
Meet your neighbors: It’s always good to have someone to borrow sugar from when you’re baking a cake on a cold day. Plus, they might even have some tips or advice concerning your neighborhood, HOA meetings, and possible neighbors to avoid!
Enjoy your new home: After all the hard work of moving and settling in, take a break and enjoy your new home! Host a housewarming party, decorate your space, or simply relax and take in your new view.
Congratulations on your new home!
PS. If you decide to throw a party, don’t forget about The 2 Mortgage Guys!