You just purchased your new home and are excited to embark on the thrilling (and somewhat stressful) journey of being in a new place. You’ve found the house, signed the papers and moved in. So, the toughest part is over. But, that doesn’t mean you’re totally ready to kick off your shoes and relax in your new backyard. Here are a few things you should remember to do as a new homeowner!
1. Re-Key the Locks
You own the house now, so it’s your job to ensure that it’s safe and secure. Make sure to change or re-key the locks on all of your exterior doors to keep unwanted guests out. Keep in mind that the old owners may have given key copies to friends or family members who needed them. So, changing the locks right away will prevent any surprise encounters with acquaintances of the former owners.
2. Change Your Address
If you didn’t change your address with all of the necessary institutions before your move, take the time to do it now. This means updating everybody from the DMV and post office to your employer and friends on your new location, so that their records stay current. There’s no doubt that switching your address can be a bit of a hassle and require some pesky administrative work. But, it’s something that you can’t avoid doing.
3. Test the Smoke Alarms
Again, once you got the keys, the house became your responsibility. So, confirming the safety of the home, as well as the safety of all the people living in it, is your responsibility now too. Take a tour around your house and quickly test all of the smoke alarms to ensure that they’re working properly. Make sure you also have some batteries on hand in case any of the units need new ones. Taking the time to test your smoke alarms right away will give you some peace of mind, and ensure that you’re prepared in case of emergency.
4. Meet Your Neighbors
Of course, buying a new home is fun! You get to expose yourself to a whole new environment, and you get a great opportunity to meet tons of new people So, don’t forget to take a break and head out into the neighborhood to introduce yourself to some of your new neighbors. Forming relationships with your neighbors not only allows you to meet some new friends, but you’ll also have a great resource if you ever need someone to check your mail or water your plants while you’re on vacation!
Moving can be fun, exciting and refreshing. But, that doesn’t mean you should neglect the smaller tasks that accompany moving into a new place. Keep this list handy so that you remember to check these items off of your to-do list.
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