Congratulations! You found your dream house, made an offer, had your inspection, packed up your belongings and you are settling into your new home! After taking possession of a new home, there are some maintenance and safety issues that should be addressed immediately. We compiled a list of the 10 most important below for you:
1. Change the locks
This may seem like an obvious one, but one that for sure you don’t want to miss. Make sure to get new locks on all exterior entrances, for improved security.
2. Plan additional security
In addition to locks there are many other important features of a home that need to be made secure. Check that all windows and doors are secure. Improve window hardware as necessary. Security rods can be added to sliding windows and doors. You may want to consider a security system also depending on your neighborhood.
3. Install Smoke Detectors
This is a new home, so start off right. There should be a smoke detector on each level of the home, these are easy to install, so if they aren’t there already, go buy a few and put them in. Ensure that there is also a smoke detector outside all sleeping areas.
4. Make sure Smoke Detectors work
Replace batteries on any existing smoke detectors and test them when you first move in. Then, make a note to replace the batteries again every year to ensure your home is always protected.
5. Create a Safety Plan
Create a plan of action in the event of a fire in your home. Ensure that there is an operable window or door in every room of the house. Consult with your local fire department regarding fire safety issues and what to do in the event of fire.
6. Fix any trip hazards
Examine driveways and walkways for trip hazards. Undertake repairs where necessary. Examine the interior of the home for trip hazards. Loose or torn carpeting and flooring should be repaired.
7. Fix any fall hazards
Undertake improvements to all stairways, decks, porches and landings where there is a risk of falling or stumbling.
8. Study your home inspection report
You paid for it, so make good use of it! Review your home inspection report for any items that require immediate improvement or further investigation. Address these areas as required.
9. Keep the critters out!
When you make such a hospitable home, sometimes other creatures want to move in along with you. To keep your home to yourself and your family, install rain caps and vermin screens on all chimney flues as necessary.
10. Know your shut offs
Investigate the location of the main shut-offs for the plumbing, heating and electrical systems and know how to shut them off safely in the case of a leak or other emergency. If you attended the home inspection, these items would have been pointed out to you.