Moving into a new home can be a very exciting time. It is often easy to get caught up in the excitement and forget the important things that you need to do after you move in. Making a list of items that you need to take care of will keep you on track during all of the excitement.
3 things to do after you move into your new home:
- Change the Locks.You have no idea how many keys the previous homeowners may have given to family and friends. Past homeowners may also have keys to the home themselves. Changing the locks will ensure that only you and your family have keys to your new home. Call a locksmith as soon as possible and schedule an appointment to get the locks changed. If any locks are damaged or you would like to add additional locks, this would be the ideal time to do so.
- Submit Change of Address Form. Despite being busy packing and unpacking, don’t forget about submitting a change of address form with the United States Postal Service (USPS). It is also helpful to update your address directly with any recurring magazines or other subscriptions.
- Locate the Water Shutoff and Electrical Panel: This is of utmost importance. As soon as you move in, take the time to locate these two items. You do not want to wait and try to find these items during a major water leak or a power outage. It is important to also familiarize yourself with the panel box and what each switch controls. If your labels are not written in a clear fashion, now would be a good time to do so. Depending on the age of the home, these items could be located inside the home, outside or in the garage.
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