Congratulations! You just moved into a new home! New beginnings–especially when they might involve first-time home purchases–are exciting ventures. It’s easy to get caught up in the moment and bask in warmth found in your new home–and you deserve it.
After the boxes are unpacked and things are put away, there are still a few things to do to make sure that your new home stays in pristine condition. Doing a few simple things can go a long way in making you and your family feel safe and sound.
Get to Know Your Neighbors
Getting to know your neighbors is very important. Meeting the people who live around you will remove some of the fear of the unknown about your new neighborhood and will open up doors–literally and figuratively–for you. Few people know your home better than the people who might have been living next door for years. Ask the people in your community for any insight you might have missed.
Find Your Panel And Shutoff Valve
Your neighbors might even be able to help you find the water main on the exterior of your home! You’ll need to know how to access the valve in case a leak springs somewhere in your home. Make sure that you have the tools you need handy to be able to shut off the water in case of an emergency. While you’re at it, find your electrical panel and be sure your breakers are labeled.
Replace Furnace And Air Filters
Who knows how long it’s been since your air filters have been replaced? Find the intakes on the interior of your house and go ahead and replace those. Get in a routine of replacing filters every so often to make sure that the air quality in your house is where it needs to be. Clean filters will also help your unit run more efficiently and cut down on wear and tear.
The appliances in your kitchen and laundry room might look new, but if they’ve been sitting around for a few years it’s probably best to give them a deep cleaning. Sweep and dust beneath your appliances. Remove any lint from your dryer vent or from the coils on your refrigerator. An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of medicine. Maintenance now will help prevent a breakdown later.
Make A Sanctuary
Every home needs to feel homey. Sometimes a new house can become a list of endless projects and to-dos. Before you break ground on monumental tasks around the house, make a one-room sanctuary. The bedroom is a great place to start! Make an oasis for you to escape any renovation work and find some peace of mind.