5 Essential Tips For Moving Into A New House

5 Essential Tips For Moving Into A New House
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    Moving to a new house can be an overwhelming feeling.

    If you're a first time owner, it's easy to get swept up in a wave of excitement.

    It can be confusing figuring out what you should do and when you should do it. You'll also have the distraction of family, friends, and beer and pizza parties.

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Once you’ve opened the housewarming presents, it’s time to consider a few practical details. There are 5 things you should do to ensure your comfort and convenience, as well as you health and safety. You should take care of things before you unpack your stuff. They will provide for your family’s long term well-being.

5 Essential Move-in Tips

With that in mind, here are 5 things you should do once you move in:

1. Turn on the lights

It’s easy to take utilities for granted. After all, you just need to make a phone call to get set up. But by learning a little about the energy market, can help you shop for the most effective new energy supplier. You may have more options than you thought when it comes to electricity and natural gas supplies.

How do you shop for electricity and gas? AlbertaEnergyProviders.com suggest a 3 step plan. First, find out about your current rate. Second, get a great deal of quotes. Third, look into the various rate structures. Taking these 3 steps will help you make an informed decision about your energy supplier.

2. Change all your locks

You don’t know who has the keys to your home. Perhaps, the previous owners handed out a few keys to neighbors when they were away on vacation. Perhaps, someone rented a spare bedroom and still has the keys to the house.

Since you have no idea, it’s a good idea to change the locks. That way, you know for certain that you’re the only person who has the keys are to install your own deadbolts. This is easy to do on your own, or if you’re not inclined to do it, you can always just get a locksmith to do it for you.

3. Double check for plumbing leaks

While your home inspector did this before closing, there’s no harm in double checking. Here is a quick checklist of possible trouble spots:

  • In the tub and shower, look for splash leaks, drain leaks, or tile leaks.
  • In the toilets, look for toilet flange leaks.
  • In the sinks, look for sink rim leaks, supply leaks, and drain leaks.

After your visual inspection, you can also use your water meter to figure out if there are some unseen leaks. First, check the current readings. Second, don’t use any water at all for three hours. Third, check the readings again. If there has been a change, you have a leak.

4. Deep clean your carpets

Did you know that carpets are germ hot spots? According to a blog post by Heather Barnett in SheKnows:

“Research by Philip Tierno, Jr., Ph.D., New York University Langone Medical Center microbiologist, immunologist and author of The Secret Life of Germs, shows that your carpet is a lot dirtier than you think. In fact, it probably has about 200,000 bacteria per square inch. That’s about 4,000 times grosser than your toilet, in case you were keeping track.”

You can rent the equipment and do it yourself. You can also hire a professional carpet cleaning service. You should take care of the carpets before you move your furniture into the rooms.

5. Scrub your cabinets, shelves, and closets

The reason you want to do this is to check for signs of pest infestation. If you find evidence of roaches, termites, mice, rats, call in a pest removal service. There may be more infestations than you can see. Additionally, pest control companies will do a far better job than you can.

In an article on reasons to consider pest control services, Andy Jenkins, explains why a pest control company will take care of things more efficiently:

“Pest control technicians are trained to know how their products work and where to put them inside and outside of a home. Many companies are going green and using products that are safe for the home and the environment. When technicians need to use products that can be hazardous, they have the expertise to ensure the safety of your family. There are handfuls of chemical sprays available to consumers, but just remember that, in real life, exposure to hazardous chemicals doesn’t give you super powers.”

Again, do this before you move your stuff in. It will be much easier because you have not filled up your cabinets, closets, and interior spaces.

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Settle In Slowly

It’s understandable if you’re eager to unpack and settle in fast. After all, you have a busy life and want to get back to normal as soon as possible. But it’s well worth delaying moving your furniture and belongings in and take care of a few essential things first. You want a house without leaks, germs, and pests, and it can be difficult to take care of these things once you’ve settled in completely.

Image credit: Moving Day – Checklist, on Flickr

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