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Top Things to Do First in Your New Home

Buying a new home is a more complex process than buying a car or a major appliance. You might think that once you get the keys to your house, you’re good to go. All you need to do is just move your belongings in and you’re set, right? Not so fast there. Whether you’re moving into new construction or a resale, there are some things you need to do right away for your benefit. Get started on this new phase the right way by following these tips.

Change The Locks

If you’re moving into a new build, you’ll need to change the locks as many people had access to your home during construction. From real estate agents to contractors and even other potential buyers, other people have come and gone freely to your house. If you’re moving into a home with previous owners, you can’t be sure who also might have keys to your place. It is strongly recommended that you switch out the old locks for security and peace of mind. A professional locksmith can install deadbolts and extra locks on all your doors, internal and external. They can also rekey existing locks. Another alternative is a DIY lock that you can install yourself.

Clean Thoroughly

Both resales and new construction can use a deep, thorough clean once you move in. Former owners may have left behind dirty floors or carpets which can seriously affect the air quality of your new home. A service that provides carpet steam cleaning Melbourne can provide a deep clean. If you’re moving into a brand new place or one that experienced significant upgrades, the contractors may have left behind dirt and debris from demolitions and drilling. The good news is that a new residence is easier to clean when you’ve first moved in. You can do most cleaning yourself or consider hiring a service that offers deep cleaning.

Get Familiar With Your Home’s Inner Workings

Now that you’ve moved in, you should familiarize yourself with your home’s inner workings. Find out where your breaker box is and which switches control which rooms and/or appliances. If the switches aren’t labeled, this is a good time to do so. Learn where your water and gas shut-off valves are, so you’re not having to discover this during an emergency situation. This is also a great time to check your smoke alarms, security system and carbon monoxide detectors.
Start this new phase on the right foot. Taking these important steps gets your homeownership off to a better start and avoid certain pitfalls in the future. Your house is your castle and it deserves this level of care.

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