I’m delighted to hear that you’ve found a new home. The search for a new residence may be fraught with anxiety, and that’s before you even start packing for the move. The good news is that there are certain actions to take to save costs associated with the relocation and some tried-and-true recommendations for what to do after you arrive at your new place.
It can seem like all the planning went into setting up for the relocation, but in reality, that stage of the process is not yet complete. Whether you hired an expensive moving company or opted for a less expensive service to transport your belongings, long-distance moving may be stressful, much alone when combined with moving into a new home.
Going a short distance, you won’t run into this problem too often. Make use of this advice to ensure that you are prepared not only for the process of relocating but also for moving into your new home.
1. GET NEW LOCKS INSTALLED
You do not know the exact number of persons who possess a copy of the keys. When a home is put up for sale, a large number of potential buyers can see it. In addition, there is no way to know to whom the former owners gave a spare set. If the home has an alarm system, be sure you alter the passcode. Also, keep in mind to close the garage door.
2. DETERMINE THE LOCATION OF THE SHUT-OFF VALVES
Locate the main water shut-off valve and determine whether or not you need any specialized equipment, such as a wrench or a key, to operate it. If you suddenly have a plumbing break and there’s water rushing into your home, you need to be able to go to the valve and turn off the water immediately.
And no, the locations of these valves are not standardized from house to house. Sometimes the inspector can’t even locate them.” Look inside the house, in the attic, behind the house, and around the perimeter of the fence. If you still can’t discover it, you should need the assistance of a plumber.
3. ENSURE THAT THE SMOKE DETECTORS HAVE FRESH BATTERIES INSTALLED
During a home inspection, smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors aren’t routinely tested as part of the process. And even if they are, there is still a possibility that something will occur between the time of the inspection and when you move in. But that’s a possibility.
To ensure that your smoke alarms continue to save lives, make sure all the batteries are replaced with new ones and have them inspected by a carbon monoxide testing company.
4. HAVE YOUR HEATING AND COOLING FILTERS REPLACED
The price of a brand new disposable filter is around $4. What kind of harm might be brought on by using an outdated filter? A completely new system may set you back as much as $5,000. If you don’t change the filter when it becomes dirty, it might reduce the system’s effectiveness or, even worse, cause it to overheat.
Obtain the services of a trained technician to service the apparatus and devise a routine maintenance plan to be carried out once every three months. It’s for the same reason that your car’s oil should be changed every three thousand miles. If you do not properly care for the apparatus, it will eventually break down.
You can certainly do some decorating before you move in, so don’t worry about that. Put your everything into the painting. According to Bowman, the advantages are beneficial in more than one way.
If you paint the home before you move in, it will have time to ventilate before you start living there, and you won’t have to worry about your furniture getting in the way while you work. Some recommend that you wait to paint until after you have moved in (so that you can see how the light changes throughout the day).
But, if you spend some time in the new location performing the tasks on this checklist, you should have a good understanding of the space. It would be best if you painted several sample swatches on the walls and evaluated how you feel about them after some time has passed.
The options for interior decoration in a new home may be quite exciting. The concepts for the organization! But before you start bringing in your goods and organizing your furniture, you need to ensure everything is secure and in working condition by checking off these necessary maintenance activities on the list.
Guest Contributor: Samantha Higgins