You made it! After what can seem to be a never ending process, you are finally in your new home! You’re ready to start enjoying what you have been working so hard to achieve, and trust us, you’ve earned it. After getting everything unpacked, doing a thorough cleaning, and getting the pets situated, you aren’t quite finished. We have compiled a quick list of things to “get to know your home” that we feel every homeowner should know.
- Locate main shut off valves – (Gas & Water) Locating main shut off valves are extremely important in case of emergency situations, such as if there was a gas or water leak that needed to be cut off or for simple home repairs on appliances or faucets.
- Locate Appliance Shut off Valves – (Water Heater & Furnace) Locating appliance shut off valves & switches are important in case of emergency situations as well as for performing normal routine maintenance throughout the year. This is also important if you have a leak at a particular appliance that needs to be shut off until a professional can come take a look without sacrificing utilities throughout the rest of the home.
- Locate and Label Breaker Box – Locating and Labeling your breaker box is important for numerous reasons, but mainly understanding the flow of electricity throughout your home and how to control it. Weather you tripped a breaker or installing an new outlet or fixture, this step for homeownership is a must.
- Change Locks – When moving into a new home, you don’t know who the previous owners gave access to, who may not know they have moved. Ensure that all exterior doors have new lock sets. This is a relatively simple task that can be done with just a Phillips head screwdriver.
- Test Smoke Detector & Carbon Monoxide Detectors – Checking smoke and CO detectors in your new home may be the cheapest and most effective safety precaution you can take. You should have a smoke detector in each bedroom near the door, outside each sleeping area and on every level of the home.
- Change Furnace Filter and Make note of size on STL Finest Furnace Sticker
- Use your home building inspection report to identify any items that may need attention; compile a list and prioritize.
Now that you’ve located, labeled, and checked some of the necessities, it’s time to finish getting settled in! Most Importantly, don’t ever hesitate to reach out to us for any questions! We are here to help with all things real estate!