Moving? 10 Things To Do The First Week In Your New Home
| Scott C
Spring is around the corner and that means its the common moving season. Moving into a new home can be an exciting but stressful experience, and there are a few things you should do to ensure that your new home is safe, comfortable and energy-efficient. Here are the top 10 things to do in your first few days when moving into a new home:
- Schedule a home inspection: Before you move in, it's a good idea to have a professional inspect the home for any potential issues, such as leaks, structural problems, or mold. This will give you a sense of what needs to be addressed before you move in.
- Change locks: For your safety and security, it's a good idea to change the locks on all the doors in your new home.
- Clean the HVAC system: Before you start using your HVAC system, make sure to have it cleaned and serviced by a professional. This will ensure that it's running efficiently and safely, and it will remove any potential pollutants that may have accumulated in the system.
- Replace the air filters: Replace the air filters in your HVAC system with new ones, ensuring that you choose the right MERV rating for your home's needs.
- Inspect the Attic: Check the insulation in the attic, walls and floors to ensure that it's in good condition and that it's providing enough insulation for your home. If necessary, schedule in an audit or insulation top-up.
- Seal any leaks: Check for drafts around windows and doors, and seal any leaks to prevent energy loss.
- Check for pests: Look for signs of pests, such as holes in the walls or droppings, and take steps to eliminate them.
- Update the smoke and CO detectors: Make sure the smoke and CO detectors in your new home are working properly, and replace the batteries if necessary.
- Test the appliances: Make sure all appliances in your new home are in good working order and that they're energy-efficient.
- Get to know the home's HVAC system: Learn about your new home's HVAC system and how to operate it properly, including the thermostat and different components.
By following this checklist, you'll be able to ensure that your new home is safe, comfortable and energy-efficient. Paying special attention to HVAC maintenance, will ensure that your home is comfortable, and that it's running efficiently, which will save you money in the long run. Remember to keep this list handy and complete the tasks as soon as possible after moving in, so you can start enjoying your new home right away.