“What Are the First 16 Things I Need to Do When I Move into My New House?” | Scott Johnson

“What Are the First 16 Things I Need to Do When I Move into My New House?”

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Moving into a new home? Here’s a handy checklist of everything you’ll need to tackle first:

  1. Transfer (or start new!) utilities. Schedule your electrical, gas, and water service to start at least 3 days before you move in. Then schedule Wi-Fi, phone and cable TV installation.
  2. Babyproof. If you have children under the age of six, install protection for stairs, windows, drawers, banisters, chemicals and outlets before they set foot in the new home.
  3. Clean. Clean the kitchen, rugs, floors, cabinets, refrigerator and oven before moving your furniture and appliances in.
  4. Change all door locks. Don’t risk a theft by a past owner (or renter). Call a professional locksmith, or pick up a kit at your local hardware store.
  5. Re-program garage door opener. Just like your other doors, you’ll want to re-program the garage door opener. Who knows how many past owners (or renters) still have your garage door openers sitting in their cars?
  6. Transfer your mail. You can do this at USPS.com/move.
  7. Locate your new mailbox and key. If the previous owner did not leave a key to a community mailbox, then contact the post office (or your homeowners association office, if you have one).
  8. Make repairs. Most homes need a few minor repairs, even if they’re brand new—especially if they’ve been sitting empty for awhile.
  9. Plug in appliances. Make sure the electricity is on first!
  10. Set water heater to 120°F. This not only lowers your utility bills, but also reduces the risk of hot water burns, especially if you have young children.
  11. Replace filters in your furnace and A/C unit.
  12. Refinish wood floors. Now is a great time to buff and seal your wood floors before you move in all your new furniture.
  13. Paint walls. It’s much easier to paint an empty room before you add furniture.
  14. Replace carpet (if necessary).
  15. Find the water valve and fuse box (in case of emergency!).
  16. Test the smoke alarms. If they’re more than 10 years old, or not working properly, buy a new set from the hardware store.

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