If you’ve recently purchased a new home, get set up with these tips.
Congratulations! You’ve just bought your new house and cleared the hurdles of getting a mortgage and finding the right home for you. Now that all of your boxes are in your new home and your kid’s have claimed their own rooms, it’s time to enjoy homeownership.
Before you sit back and relax, there are a few things that you should do to get your home set up for safety. Read on for the must-dos for every new homeowner!
Change the locks – Do this straight away! You don’t know if the previous homeowner gave keys away to friends, family, and neighbors. Don’t wait until a stranger walks into your front room – get a locksmith to change the locks pronto.
Set up the utilities – The utilities will need to be in your name, so make a list and start working through it. Triple-check your billing address and get familiar with the systems around the house. In an emergency, you’ll need to know where the water shut-off valve is and the main electricity box.
Hire appliance professionals – Plan to have a service check on your HVAC, hot water heater, fireplace, and chimney, as well as any major appliances that require it. Before the cooler weather kicks in, you’ll need to be sure that your home is equipped with a safe system to heat the home and warm the water.
Refresh the alarms – The smoke and carbon dioxide alarms should be checked as soon as possible. If the batteries are running low, replace them with a fresh set so that your family and home are kept safe.
Secure the right homeowners insurance – This protects your home from many disasters!