10 Tips for Your New Home
Here are 10 tips for your new home. Buying and moving into a new home is a long process. There is tons of paperwork that needs to be signed and the possibility of selling your old place. If you need a refresher or this is a new home go through this checklist to make sure you are prepared to move into your new home.
1. Home Warranty
You never know when a dishwasher, refrigerator, or HVAC system may go out, it’s best to be prepared. Home warranties cost around $300 to $600 a year plus service fees and sometimes are included when you buy a home. Don’t pass this opportunity up to have a home warranty. It will end up saving you thousands of dollars if something goes out.
2. Home Insurance
Very similar to Home Warranties, you never know when something will happen to your house. Home insurance policies can protect you from destruction of property, loss of possessions, and liability for harm to others. This will give you peace knowing that you and your home are safe from damage and harm.
Just to note that home insurance does not cover all natural disasters like floods or earthquakes.
3. Walkthrough & Reinspection
Once you have closed on the house, it’s time to go check it out again. This is the best time to go back through the inspection before you bought this house to check and see what needs to be fixed or updated before moving in. Use this time to measure rooms, take pictures, and start planning out how you can make this house feel like home.
After the walkthrough, start bringing your plan to life. Take the pictures you took of the house to the hardware store to match the best paint color with the rooms. Go to furniture stores with the room measurements to find the best furniture, rugs, and decorations to place in the rooms.
5. Clear Out the House
Now the real work begins on the house. The previous owner may have left a mess of junk for you in the house or it’s time to pull up the carpet to lay down hardwood floors. To save time and to protect the environment it’s best to call professionals to remove junk or to bring a dumpster to dispose of junk.
6. Make Updates Before You Move In
Hiring a professional junk removal company is key to maintaining a healthier and happier space. Once you’ve got the old junk out of the house, it’s time to make it your own home. Before you move completely in, you should:
- Paint interior of the house
- Install new Flooring
- Child/Pet Proof the House
- Inspect and Exterminate Pest
7. Get Familiar with the Home
After you move you in, it’s time to familiarize yourself where everything is in the house. Make a checklist of the items below and make sure they are working properly.
- Main Circuit Breaker – check to see if all the breakers are working correctly. Make sure you have a main power shut off, in older homes the power shut off will be outside. If this is the case, call an electrician to help you find it.
- Water Main Shut Off – This is usually located in the lowest part of the house, in a wall or under a sink. Turn off the water to the house and make sure that it cuts off water to everything. You’d hate to have a leak in the house and be unable to shut it off.
- Carbon Monoxide Detectors – Check to make sure they don’t need new batteries. Most have a test button to see if it is working correctly.
- Smoke Detectors – Luckily most smoke detectors have a flashing light to indicate that they are on. To double check, take the smoke detector off the wall, remove the batteries and insert them back in. If no sound is heard when inserting the batteries, you will need to replace them.
8. Secure the Home
As a safety precaution, it’s best to change out the locks to the entrances of your home. You don’t know how many keys the previous owner had or gave out to friends and family. Changing out the locks can be done by a locksmith or by yourself if you have the time too. Once you’ve changed the locks, make extra copies just in case you lose one.
9. Check and Clean the Exterior
Once you have the interior secure, it’s time to check and secure the exterior. Start with the yard making sure that there are no signs of pests. After checking the yard move to the area around the house looking for signs of damage or entry points for pests. While looking around the house, check the AC units to make sure they are cleaned and working properly. Once you’ve checked the units and the yard, it’s time to head to the roof. On the roof you want to check for missing or damaged shingles and replace them. While on the roof, it’s a great time to clean out the gutters.
10. Meet the Neighbors and Explore the Neighborhood
Bring a treat and go knock on your neighbor’s door. This is a great opportunity for you to learn about the neighborhood, other neighbors, discuss property lines, and they may know work that was previously done to your own home that you didn’t know about. This is also a great time to build a great relationship because you will watch after their property and they will watch over yours. After meeting your neighbors, hop in your car and take a drive around the neighborhood. Neighborhoods have common areas and parks for their residents to host events at.
Moving into a new home can be stressful, but hopefully these tips above will help save you from a headache and money. All that’s left now is to throw a housewarming party for you and your friends. Remember to reach out to the experts if you need any help removing junk from your old house or new house. Hire a professional, NJ’s N. Vitale Disposal Inc. is an expert in the area of property and estate clean outs.
We hope these 10 tips for your new home have been helpful and wish you the best!