12 TIPS FOR A SUCCESSFUL MOVING
It is very common when we move to a new house that, due to the excitement, time flies by, and we don’t know where to start. With this list, we include things that should be done relatively soon after moving in that you may not have thought of. The first week would be the best time to get the 12 things done and start your new life with everything under control.
1. CHANGE THE LOCKS
When you buy a new house, you are probably going to get a lot of keys; the front door, the sheds, interior doors with locks or the back doors. At some point we will downsize and change the locks, but for the time being, what we recommend is to change at least the front door. It is true that it is an extra expense, but it is worth it to know that you will now be the only person with access.
2. CHANGE THE GARAGE DOOR CODE
This point is similar to the previous one, but simpler. If your garage door has a remote control on the outside, you will simply need to look up the user manual to change the code. If your home has a smart garage door opener, download the app and configure it from your phone.
3. REPLACE THE FIRE EXTINGUISHER
Knowing you have a fire extinguisher available to use is essential, even if we don’t think about it, emergencies can happen.
4. CHANGE THE BATTERIES OF THE SMOKE DETECTORS
Take advantage of the first week to change the batteries to avoid annoying noises during the night. This way, you can schedule a reminder in your calendar every 6 months to change them. However, if the house is more than 10 years old, we would advise you to check and change the whole unit.
5. CHANGE THE OVEN FILTER
A 5-minute change that can save a lot of future headaches. An old filter can mean a broken appliance in time. We never know what the previous owners did, so a little check-up never hurts.
6. ADJUST THE THERMOSTAT SCHEDULE
Set it to suit you, although it may be that the former owners’ schedule suits your own.
7. CLEAN THE DRYER VENT
Similar to the oven filter, you don’t know when it was last cleaned. To avoid having to use a new filter, consider cleaning out the lint that has accumulated over the years in the dryer vent.
8. FIND THE SHUT-OFF TAPS
You never know in what emergency situation you might have to use them, and if the time comes, the last thing you want to do is spend your time looking for them. So, the best thing to do during the first week is to locate the water stopcock, the gas stopcock and the electrical panel for peace of mind.
9. FIND LOCAL FACEBOOK GROUPS
A good way to find out about your new community is to join Facebook groups, where you can meet your neighbours and find out about events they organize in your community.
10. CHANGE YOUR ADDRESSES
It is recommended that the first address you change is the USPS address, so you can be sure that anything you lose will be forwarded.
11. GO SHOPPING!
Surely, in order not to carry food, you have spent the last week running out of stocks. So, it’s time to go shopping and find out which shops are close to you, and which one is your favourite.
12. CELEBRATE YOUR NEW HOME!
Start exploring your new neighbourhood! The move will have been exhausting, so you deserve to enjoy a nice meal, and maybe discover your new favourite local restaurant!
Moving house can be stressful, but with good preparation, it will be more fun and exciting than you think!
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