If you need assistance, please call 858-345-9040

First Things To Do When Moving Into a New Home

Monday, January 29, 2018   /   by Sean Zanganeh

First Things To Do When Moving Into a New Home

First Things To Do When Moving Into a New Home

If you’re a first time homeowner – or it’s been years since you bought a home – it’s good to know what those crucial first tasks should be. In the excitement of closing, packing up and moving, you may easily forget to check important items off your to-do list when you first arrive. To help you, we’ve composed this list of all the tasks you should do when moving into your new home.


Do a final check


Did you have an agreement with the seller to include some items with the purchase of the home? The first thing you should do when you get the keys is to double check that all those items remain. This could include the washer/dryer, kitchen appliances or even curtains.


Change the locks


Now that you’ve got the final check squared away, your top priority should be to change the locks. Think about all the people who have been coming and going while your new house was on the market. Do you want any of them to still have unlimited access? Probably not. So be sure get those locks changed, and make spare sets of keys while you’re at it.


Clean


Even if the seller cleaned before packing up and moving out, you’ll want to do another pass before moving in all your belongings. Now is the best time to do a deep clean, since your house will never be this empty again. Steam clean the carpets and replace filters in the heating and air conditioning units, above the stove and in the kitchen and bathroom faucets. Wash the windows and buff and seal hardwood floors. Yes, it’s a lot of work. But think of how nice it will be to get settled into a home that is sparkling!


Test the alarms


If you home came with an alarm system already installed, have the account transferred to you and test all the alarms. Since you’re just getting to know your new neighborhood, it’s comforting to have that extra layer of protection in place. You should also go through the entire home and test the smoke alarms. Replace the batteries and any units that aren’t functioning properly.


Figure out your electrical panel


Locate the breaker box in your house, and when you have someone to help you, figure out what each breaker goes to. It’s easier as a team so that one person can go from room to room while the other stands by the box and flips each switch. Write in marker next to each switch what area it corresponds to. And don’t forget to turn off the electricity when you’re changing out any broken lighting fixtures.


Find the main water valve


The last thing you want to think about when moving in is what you’ll do if you have a plumbing emergency. But wouldn’t you rather be prepared before it happens? Know where the main water valve is located and how to shut it off, should the need arise.


Say hi to the neighbors


Lastly, take your first step toward becoming a member of the community by introducing yourself to your new neighbors. It will help make you feel settled sooner, and it’s always nice to see a familiar face or two around town.


Compliments of Virtual Results

My San Diego Dream Home
Sean Zanganeh
12780 High Bluff Dr
San Diego, CA 92130
858-345-9040
CA DRE# #01851910

This information is deemed reliable but not guaranteed. You should rely on this information only to decide whether or not to further investigate a particular property. BEFORE MAKING ANY OTHER DECISION, YOU SHOULD PERSONALLY INVESTIGATE THE FACTS (e.g. square footage and lot size) with the assistance of an appropriate professional. You may use this information only to identify properties you may be interested in investigating further. All uses except for personal, non-commercial use in accordance with the foregoing purpose are prohibited. Redistribution or copying of this information, any photographs or video tours is strictly prohibited. This information is derived from the Internet Data Exchange (IDX) service provided by San Diego MLS®. Displayed property listings may be held by a brokerage firm other than the broker and/or agent responsible for this display. The information and any photographs and video tours and the compilation from which they are derived is protected by copyright. Compilation © 2020 San Diego MLS®, Inc.
This site powered by CINC: www.cincpro.com