Seven Things Everyone Should Do When Moving Into a New Home
Posted: May 01, 2019 by Anna Jotham
Moving into your newly purchased home is the beginning of an exciting chapter in your life. But save the mystery and drama for the pages of your favorite novel. These seven important action steps can help make your moving-in story a happy adventure.
Change the locks. Did the previous owner give house keys to babysitters, relatives or clandestine lovers? Eliminate those nagging questions by changing exterior locks so you have the peace of mind in knowing you are the only one with access to your home.
Deep clean. Consider having carpets professionally cleaned, especially if you see signs that the previous owners had pets. Wipe out all cabinets, and watch carefully for signs of unwanted pests: creepy-crawlies, furry friends or otherwise. It’s comforting to know you’re moving into a house that’s not already occupied by something icky, and it’s much easier for an exterminator to address issues in an empty house.
Change your address. Make a list and contact all banks, creditors, and other entities with whom you have contact on a regular basis. Also, change your address with the post office. This is best done in person as the change-of-address form comes with a packet of excellent coupons that can come in handy for a new homeowner.
Investigate utilities. Familiarize yourself with the location of the electrical panel and the main water shutoff for your new house. If possible, walk through the house during the inspection to learn this important information.
Service the HVAC. Most people have their oil changed in their cars every 3,000 miles yet don't service their heater and air conditioner at least once a year—despite the fact that your furnace or fan run more (all day, every day) than your car. Our Realtors recommend the Coldwell Banker Home Protection Plan, administered by American Home Shield, especially for first-time home buyers and those in their first year of owning a new home. A home warranty helps cover the cost of repairs for certain appliances and systems (HVAC, plumbing, electrical, etc.).
Prepare for comfort. Have your heating and cooling systems cleaned and serviced. Forbes magazine recommends a regular service contract with a reputable company to eliminate the unwelcome surprise of a broken heater in the dead of winter or a defunct air conditioner in sultry August.
Have fun. Wave to your new neighbors, ponder lawn ornaments and dance in your living room before the furniture gets in the way. Take joy in your new adventure, and take whatever steps you need to give your story a happy ending.