After months of house hunting, paperwork and packing, you’ve unloaded the moving van, carried your belongings inside, and are finally at your new home. But that doesn’t mean the work is done. There are lots of things that you still need to do before settling down in your new place. Check out our list for tips on what to do in your new home.
Start Unpacking Your Belongings
Don’t be that person who is still living out of boxes and suitcases months after moving. Start unpacking your belongings and recruit your friends and family to help you unpack. You can set deadlines for yourself and tackle the space one room at a time (“I want the kitchen finished by Friday”), or start with the essentials (like bedding and toiletries) and save the decorative pieces for last.
Change Out The Locks
The previous owners may have handed over their keys, but how many spares are floating out there in the world? You can never be sure, and it’s always better to be safe than sorry. You can find your local locksmith by searching for “locksmith Vancouver” and get a professional to change all the locks in your home while you settle in. You can also use this opportunity to get spare keys made for family members or to hide out front in case you accidentally lock yourself out one day.
Locate The Essentials In Your Home
If you plan on doing repairs or renovations or simply spring a leak, you’re going to want to know where your emergency shut-off valve is located. You might also want to find where your circuit breaker is in case of power outages. It’s better to locate these essential pieces of your home before you’re in an emergency situation and need to find them in a panic.
Get A Security System
If you don’t have a home security system in place, now is the time to do so! There are lots of ways to protect your, from doorbell cameras to alarm systems, smart home options, and outdoor security lights. Find the best solution for you and your family by assessing what you’ll need at your new home, as well as the cost, installation process, and ease of use for your new devices. If you already had a provider or contract from your old home, make sure to update them and change your information.
Test Your Smoke Detectors
Your smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors need to be tested regularly to make sure they will function properly to save you and your family when the worst happens. Once you’ve moved into your new place, test your smoke detectors by lighting a match or using a smoke test aerosol to ensure the sensor is reacting properly. You can also add fresh batteries to your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors once you’ve moved in, so you know they are functional.
The most important thing to do once you’ve moved into a new home is throwing a housewarming party! Pick a date a few weeks after you’ve moved in so that you’ve finished your unpacking deadline, and have your friends and families over to check out the new space. Don’t worry if your home isn’t perfect yet; you’ll have plenty of time to rearrange furniture or start repairs. Now is the time to celebrate your big move.
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