Moving In - 5 Things to Remember When Moving Into a New Home

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Moving homes is an exciting, and often chaotic, time. With so much commotion going on, it’s not uncommon to forget something (or several somethings), and if it’s your first house, you might not even be aware of some of the essential requirements that will help make the transition smoother.
Below is a list of things every homeowner should consider when moving into a new home. Whether it’s your first time, or you’re a seasoned mover, these tips will help ensure your new abode is safe, clean, and inviting – because after all, there’s no place like home.

1. Ensure the Security of Your Home

Before you officially move in, install a high-quality home security system. This will not only ensure the safety of your loved ones and belongings, but it will also give you peace of mind.
Your first nights in a new home can be exhausting. The new house has its own unique sounds that seem amplified at night. Enabling a good security system before going to bed can help you get a good night’s sleep, despite that eerie creaking.

2. Change the Locks on all the Doors

Key management is no joke. The thought that a stranger may have the keys to your home can be enough to make you feel unsettled in your new home. To help alleviate any fears you may have in this regard, change all the locks on all the doors, so you know you’re the only one with access.
If you are unsure about changing the locks yourself, hire a locksmith to do it for you. If you or anyone in your household are handy, you can probably buy the door hardware you need online and install it yourself. It’s usually more straightforward than you think and will save you a ton of money.

3. Clean the Carpets

Before moving your furniture in, take a couple of days to steam clean all the carpets in the house. This will give you a bright, fresh start in your new home.
You have a couple of options when it comes to cleaning your carpets. Either hire a professional to do it to the tune of about $50 a room, or you can DIY it by renting a steam cleaner for about $30 a day plus cleaning solutions.

4. Wipe Down the Cabinets

There’s something not quite right about placing your clean dishes and bathroom supplies inside dirty cabinets. You don’t know how long the place has been empty and bacteria can rapidly spread if they were not adequately cleaned before the last occupants moved out. Be sure to thoroughly disinfect the cabinets, especially those that will contain food-related items and utensils.
Something else you can do to give your cabinets a clean, fresh feel is to add or replace the shelf liner.

5. Locate Breaker Boxes and Water Valves

Unfortunately, many homeowners neglect this simple task until an emergency occurs that forces their hand. Rather than stumble in the dark or wade through inches of water to find the breaker box or main water valve in your home, do it when you move in. Breaker boxes are usually located in basements or garages, while main water valves could be inside or outside the home. Be sure your breaker boxes are correctly labeled, so you know which switch controls which part of the house.
Moving into a new home is indeed an exciting time. It can also be a hectic period in which crucial tasks can be overlooked. If you’re moving into a new home, use the list above to be sure your new house is as clean and safe as it can be.

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  1. Yeah I am a big fan of changing the locks if you rent a house because past tenants may still have keys, finding where the fuse box is also a must


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