Moving into a home is an exciting time, so don’t let the long “to-do” list overwhelm you! To make this transition less stressful for you, here is a list of 5 basic tips to take care of before moving into your home.
1. Contact the utility companies
Before you move into a home, make sure that the basic utilities are in your name, in particular, electricity, gas, cable, telephone, internet, garbage, sewer, and water. If there was a previous homeowner, the transition is simple- just gather the contact information of all the utility companies previously used for the home. Everything should already be in place so it should just be a matter of switching your name.
2. Check for smoke detectors and fire extinguishers
Make sure that you know the location of all of the smoke detectors and be sure to test them. If they aren’t working, get new ones. If there aren’t enough, install more as quickly as possible. Also, be sure there’s a fire extinguisher on every floor. Make sure to check your carbon monoxide detector as well.
3. Know the location of the main circuit breaker
Be sure that you know how it works. Clearly label it so that you know which breaker turns off which area of the home.
4. Know where the water shut-offs are located
This is a simple and useful question to ask the previous homeowners before moving into a home. You should know where the main water shut-off is located as well how to shut off the outside water.
5. Have the mechanical equipment cleaned and serviced.
As soon as you purchase your home, it is wise to have an inspection of the home’s heating and cooling systems to be sure they are clean and ready to run. Consider getting a protection plan to ensure that you will not be left to freeze during the winter. You never know when your system will decide to stop working! You definitely don’t want to have those hefty technician bills to pay.
Realistically, there are an endless number of tasks that need completed before moving into a new home but hopefully these 5 simple tips will help you get started on your new transition.
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