Congratulations! You’ve purchased a new home and are all moved in! You feel there's nothing more to do except to unpack boxes and put everything away. Well, surprise!!! There are few things you should take care of that you might not have thought of but need to get done because now you have to take care of your home.
The secret to a well maintained home is to start your maintenance early. Now, don't get nervous, it's not all work, work, work. Doing your home maintenance bit by bit is a great way to accomplish it all, but over time so that there's plenty of room for relaxing too. Also, preventative maintenance now, will reduce the liklihood of unwlecome surprises down the road.
Here are ten great things to do when you first move in!
Change the locks, reprogram garage door opener codes, and check that all window locks operate properly. If there's a security system, learn how it operates and sign up for any maintenance or monitoring plans that that yours requires. If you don't want to change the locks, at least get them re-keyed. It's quicker and less expensive. Leave changing the door mechanics for another day.
Locate emergency shut offs. Know how to shut off the power, water, and gas in your home.
Create a "fix it" kit. If you don't have one already, buy a toolbox and stock it with all your frequently used home repair tools and supplies and first aid supplies.
Service smoke alarms and CO monitors. Smoke alarms and CO monitors need fresh batteries twice annually and full replacement regularly in order to function properly. It would be a good idea to get new ones, but make sure they work when you move in.
Perform necessary seasonal maintenance. Winter, spring, summer, or fall, there are tasks around the home that, when completed, help the whole season run more smoothly.
Change filters in your HVAC system. This will not only help clear out all the dust that’s been kicked up during the move.
Check pilot lights. Check pilot lights on stove, water heater, gas fireplace, and furnace.
Be sure that hazardous items are stowed away safely (that includes cans of paint). Flammable substances should be kept away from pilot lights, stoves, or water heaters (don’t forget gas dryers). Also, be sure that you are aware of and have identified any substances left behind by the previous owner.
Learn how to operate and properly maintain any items in the home that are new to you like appliances, fireplaces, the septic tank, garbage disposal, hot tub, etc. You may be unaware of vitally important operation or care instructions that are necessary for proper function and safety. If you don’t have manufacturer owner’s manuals, look them up. Virtually any product manual out there can be downloaded right from the Internet.
Address the items mentioned in your home inspection report. You may have already addressed big issues, but did your inspector mention any necessary maintenance or smaller repairs that would be necessary upon moving in? That's now! Remember that proactively caring for your home with maintenance and service is the primary way to prevent unwelcome surprises down the road. Reread your report and don’t hesitate to call your inspector to clarify his recommendations or to answer any questions you may have.
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