So you’ve moved to a new house, and you’re experiencing a wide range of emotions—everything from excitement to dread. Your new home is a place for you and your family to make new memories. Now that you’re in your new place, you want to settle in, but you have no idea where to begin.
After getting a good night’s sleep, there are several things you should do in your new house in addition to unpacking all your boxes.
Keep reading for a list of six things you should do after you’ve moved to a new house.
1. Change the Locks
Upon moving into your new house, you really have no idea who has keys to your new home. The previous owners may have shared duplicate keys with various people. There is no way to know how many spare keys to your home might be floating around out there.
Schedule an appointment with a locksmith right away to get all of the locks to your new home changed.
2. Install or Turn On the Appliances
One of the first things to do in your new home is to prepare your large appliances and have them turned on. Before you move, make arrangements with a professional installer to get your large appliances like your refrigerator, washer, dryer, and stove up and running.
Also on your first day, unpack your other small appliances like your toaster, kettle, or coffee pot and plug them in.
3. Locate Fuse Box and Main Water Valve
Find your new home’s circuit breaker box and main water valve. In case of emergencies, it’s good to know the location of these essential items in your new home.
4. Clean Up
Whether your new home is a house that had previous owners or it’s brand-new, the ideal way to make it feel truly yours is to give it a thorough cleaning. If you didn’t have a chance to conduct a thorough cleaning before moving, now is your opportunity—before you start unpacking.
Carefully clean everything in your new home. Pay special attention to the kitchen and bathrooms. Start up high at the ceiling level with ceiling fans and work your way down low to the baseboards. A clean house will feel cozier.
5. Recycle Your Boxes
Once you‘ve unpacked, instead of junking all those boxes, give them new life! Find a local recycling program or give them away through social media. Sites like Nextdoor provide neighbors with a way to connect so that they can sell or give away a variety of items—including moving boxes.
6. Meet Your New Neighbors
The day after you’ve moved into your house is a great day to meet some new neighbors.
Take a walk around the neighborhood and strike up a conversation with those you pass. A friendly “hello” goes a long way with meeting new neighbors.
Now that you’ve moved to a new house, there are lots of things you need to do. Make sure to take the day after you’ve moved in to get a lot of the important things done and out of the way so you can have peace of mind.
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