There’s so much to do when you buy a new home. Whether you’re a first-time home buyer or a seasoned homeowner moving into your dream home, settling into a new place can be a stressful experience. Unpacking your things is an important part of moving in, but there are a few crucial steps you’ll not want to overlook.
In celebration of New Homeowner’s Day, observed annually on May 1st, BBB’s new home checklist walks you through everything you need and the steps you should take upon moving into your new home.
New Home Checklist:
Contact Utility Companies
It’s best to contact your new utility companies – electric, gas, water, telephone, cable and Internet – as soon as you know your move-in date. Have all services put in your name and turned on the day before you move in.
New Locks and Keys
Ensure your new home is safe and secure. Start by changing all the locks on your home so all previous keys are invalid. Have a spare set of keys made and establish safe hiding places for them in case of emergencies.
Update your Address
Submit your address change to the post office, banks, credit card companies, insurance company as well as any subscription services so they’re aware of your move and you don’t miss a bill.
Keep up-to-date fire extinguishers in places with a higher likelihood of fire, such as the kitchen, laundry room and garage.
Carbon Monoxide Detectors
Carbon monoxide is the most common cause of poisoning deaths in the United States. Experts recommend putting a detector outside each bedroom as well as the kitchen and basement.
Home Security System
To keep your home safe and secure you may consider installing security cameras that monitor the inside and outside of your home. Motion-sensing lights can also help improve visibility and safety around your home.
First Aid Kit
A first aid kit can help you manage any accidents that may happen around house. It’s a good idea to have items such as bandages, scissors, tape, gloves, and aspirin on hand and kept in a central location.