Moving into a new home can be a stressful experience. People often get bogged down in the process of unpacking to settle into their new house, and forget other important things that need to be done. Feeling at home in a new place will require you to get acquainted with the property and decide on any DIY projects you may want to tackle. These are all key parts of becoming a homeowner, so don’t assume you can just sort them out later.
There is a lot to remember when it comes to maintaining your new home, which is why having a to-do list will be of great assistance. To get you started, here are a few important things you’ll want to attend to as soon as you move into your new place:
Have a Comprehensive Safety Check Carried Out
Your safety and that of your family members should always come first. Before moving in, you should schedule a home inspection. This provides you an insight into any serious structural issues that your property may have. It is particularly important since not all flaws are plain to see.
If you are moving into an older property, you should be aware that there could be asbestos within the building’s infrastructure, and if this substance is disturbed during renovations, it could have serious health repercussions. Mesothelioma lawsuits are fairly common, so if you do find yourself the victim of a condition related to asbestos exposure, be sure to seek support for experts like those at Bergman Legal.
Child/Pet Proof It
On a related note, for those moving into a property with kids or furry friends, one of the first things you’ll want to do is keep these precious little people safe. Make sure all windows are securely shut and there are no overhanging cords coming off the blinds. Be mindful of any sharp corners as well.
Locate the Fuse Box and Water Valve
These are two components of your new home that you don’t want to be frantically searching for in an emergency. Instead, identify their locations when moving in. This way, if your power suddenly cuts out or your need to turn off your water supply in the event of a leak, you can do so without too much fuss.
Change the Locks
While it may not seem overly important, it is good practice to change the locks in your new home. Doing so will offer you peace of mind and it’s always better to be safe rather than sorry. Organize a locksmith to pop in or change the locks yourself. It won’t be a major expense but it will certainly improve security.
Understandably, moving can be overwhelming, but by incorporating these tips, you’ll make the transition a little smoother. While there is a lot to do, remember that you don’t necessarily need to tackle it all yourself. Talk to family and friends or hire the services of professionals.
Remember that the sooner you deal with these things, the sooner you’ll start to feel safe and at home in your new property.
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