You’ve followed the moving checklist you printed off to a tee, and are finally happily settled in your new home, now you’re super excited to get started on this next chapter in your life. However, it’s a little early to be breaking out a bottle of champagne, as there are a few things you need to do when you move into a new home to make it your own.
Read on below for a few of the first things you should do when moving into your new house, from increasing the home’s curb appeal to securing, weather proofing, and fixing up the garage.
Update Your Appliances
One of the first things that needs to be done when moving into a new house is updating the appliances. Go through the house and determine the state and age of your stove, fridge, and dishwasher. Update all of them to energy-efficient appliances, especially if they’re over 10 years old. The state of your home appliances can save you a lot on your electric bills and help you go green at the same time.
Once you have all new, updated appliances, you should check into a warranty plan for the appliances and your home with America’s home warranty. This club offers warranties for everything from appliances to other common household items, such as your heating and air conditioning system. Having one of their home warranties will go a long way towards giving you peace of mind in your new house.
Inspect and Replace Windows and Doors
Once you’ve been in your home for a couple of days, you’ll be able to tell if there are any drafts and chills where there shouldn’t be. Walk around the home and check out all of the windows and doors. A draft through the windows or a flimsy door can increase your electric bill quite a bit, and makes your home less secure. Fix everything you can, but if the door is in really bad shape, it’s best to check into a local door replacement company to replace it for you. Replacement doors and replacement windows can not only reduce your energy bill, they can be a reflection of your personal style also.
Contact Local Pest Control
Regular maintenance is super important for your new home, so getting in touch with a local pest control service as soon as you move in is extremely important. While you may not see any pests in your newly acquired home, that doesn’t mean they aren’t there. Pests tend to hide in the walls and come out at night, then before you know it, you’re infested and struggling to make things right. Reputable pest control every month or so can get rid of any pests you do have or prevent them from entering your home, to begin with, if you don’t have an infestation already.
If you don’t check for broken pipes, clogged toilets and the like before you move into your house, then it’s important to do so once you move in. Check everything from the pipes under your sinks to the water heater for any signs of leaking or other problems. Remember, when it comes down to the plumbing in your home, it’s best to hire a licensed plumber to ensure the work is done the right way, the first time.
These are just a few of the things that you should do first when moving into your new home. For any of the things above it’s best to hire a licensed contractor of your choice to take care of each of the issues for you, so that you gain peace of mind in knowing the job is done by a professional and the right way.