Just Bought a New House? 8 Essential Things New Homeowners Should Do Before Moving in

There’s nothing more exciting than moving into your new home. Now that the stressful home searching and purchasing is over, it’s time to start your new life. However, there are still a few things you need to do in order to have a pleasant life in your new forever home.

Meet your neighbors

It’s both polite and good for your safety to go and greet your neighbors. You will want to know that there’s someone looking after your home even when you’re away—that’s what neighbors are for. However, until your neighbors know who you are, it will be very hard for them to notice a suspicious situation.

Do repairs

It’s much easier to do repairs when your house is still empty. So, take a day to examine the space, write down all the things that need touching up and handle issues before your move in. Some repairs you can do yourself (painting, replacing broken tiles, re-grouting) but some require experts, so make sure to have a good repair professional on speed dial.

Secure your home

Until you get a good wireless alarm system for your home, you can ensure safety with door and window locks. These alarms create noise and burglars hate noises. Door and window alarms are very cheap and can be found in most home centers. They are not as functional as a real home monitoring system, but they will serve you well as the first line of defense.

Get insurance

Home insurance is one of the best ways to start feeling safe and secure in your new home. Luckily, you don’t have to look too hard to find something that is suitable for you. Best companies offer practical insurance for individuals which will ensure you get coverage that completely fits your needs. Besides, you get the most flexible excess for your pocket, a dedicated claim team and 24/7 assistance. If a company doesn’t offer all that and more, keep looking.

Find your water shut-off valve

In case you have any plumbing issues, you’ll need to turn off the water in your house. In order to do that, you need to find your main shut-off valve usually placed somewhere around your water meter. Where your meter is located depends on your weather. People in colder climates like Canada usually have their meter and main valves inside while people in hotter climates like Australia can find their meter and valves attached to the exterior wall of their home or in an underground box.

Find your electrical panel

In case of an electrical emergency, you’ll need to shut off the power to your house or individual circuits, so make sure to find your electrical panel. These are usually found in a utility room, garage or basement in a gray metal box. Once you open the door, you’ll see the main breaker for your entire house (usually at the top) and other breakers below, with each individual one controlling certain circuits. Oftentimes, you can even find a guide to your circuit breaker box that indicates which circuits supply which outlets and receptacles, but if you don’t, you’ll need to experiment.

Install cooling systems

If you live in hot climates, you can’t spend even a day in your uncooled home. So, make sure to install things like smart thermostats and ceiling fans. These are great ways to control the temperature in your home in a low-energy way. While you can probably install your smart thermostat by yourself, you’ll need some help with the fans and air conditioning, so make sure to call experts before you move in.

Treat wood

If you bought a furnished house, you might find plenty of dull and murky wooden furniture that might require refinishing. So, before you move in, try restoring your furniture with some mineral spirits. These are also labeled as paint thinners and are used for dissolving grime and various residues from the wood without destroying the finish. Just soak a cloth in the spirits and rub the surface until all the grime is removed.

Make sure to handle all the things from this list before you bring your family to your new home. Your safety is always the priority, so don’t rush your move and take your time to handle everything with care.

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