There’s celebration, excitement and even a case of the jitters when moving into a new home, but you should also have a checklist ready. We recommend prioritizing the important things you need to do to get your new residence in order. Let’s face it; moving in can also create an overwhelming feeling and one of frustration. You want to settle in and enjoy your new house, but where do you begin? Relax, we’ve got some great tips that you can follow.
1. One Box At A Time
Unpacking and getting your new area functional can be tiresome, but it can also be fun as you take out your personal items and start visualizing them in your new home. Moving experts recommend starting first with the three priority rooms that include the bathroom, kitchen, and bedroom.
Begin unpacking things and setting up functional systems. The focus is first on getting everything out of the box and placing items into a spot. Once your home is all set up, then you can concentrate on the ideal placement or arrangement for these pieces.
This is also an excellent time to look at your items and determine if any of them are no longer needed or useful. If you don’t love the piece, get an empty box and fill it with extra stuff you can give to charity.
2. Changing The Locks
One of the most important aspects of living in a home is the safety and security it provides to you and your loved ones. Make sure to change the locks because you can’t be certain about who may have access to your property otherwise. It will offer you peace of mind in your new residence, and changing the locks is affordable and a tiny but wise investment.
Calling on a locksmith to do the job is a great option to consider. These pros are trained in changing the locks for both old and new homes and can create a master key system, rekey older locks, etc.
3. Hot Water Heater Check
The hot water heating system plays a major role in every residence as it provides a steady supply of heated water to your taps and plumbing fixtures on demand. As you move into your new home, we recommend that you check your water heater, and make sure that the setting is right. You don’t want a scalding temperature.
For example, 120℉ (55℃) is the ideal setting, according to the U.S. Dept. of Energy. This temperature will save you both energy and money.
4. Window Treatments Up
Whether you have blinds, curtains, shutters or any special window treatments, these are also a priority when moving into a new home, so get them up as soon as you can. You want to feel secure and safe and not have folks looking into your windows as nighttime rolls in.
If you didn’t have time to order and purchase new window treatments before you moved in, then tack up some sheets to offer you comfort and security.
Window treatments not only offer a frame to a beautiful view, but they provide function in privacy and can also insulate against cold and noise.
5. Garage Door Security
Most homes have garages and those with automatic garage door openers. You want to make sure that this system and its device are working properly because like anything else, garage doors get old and wear out. An expert can inspect the garage door system of your new home and reprogram the door remotes and keypad. You do not want anyone else to have access to your garage.
It is important to keep your garage door down and only open when needed as you first move into your new residence. You may have boxes of stuff and new major purchases like a big-screen television stored inside where people can see your personal items on display as they walk or drive by.
Congratulations on moving into your new home! Take your time, have that checklist ready, and remember that “Rome wasn’t built in one day.” It’s one box at a time, feeling safe and secure and knowing you’ve made a wonderful investment in your surroundings.