First Jobs In Your New Home

First Jobs In Your New Home

February 27, 2017

First Jobs in your New Home

Buying a home can be a long, drawn-out process, and it can take months to find and finalise the purchase of your perfect house. Once you’ve completed the transaction, you’ll want to move straight in and start making it feel like home, and once you’ve unpacked there are a few extra jobs that you should carry out. Moving into a new home is when you build the foundation of your new life; if you’re careful and conscientious, you’ll find it comfortable to live in your new home. Fail to take the necessary steps, though, and you could cause stress for yourself further down the line.

This list of the first steps to take when you move into your new home will help you make your new life as stress-free as possible, and highlight some of the potential problems which can arise for new homeowners.

Change the Locks:

You’ve been given a set of house keys by the outgoing owners, but you have no way of knowing who else has a copy, or where any spares are kept. For peace of mind, and for your own security, you should change over the locks in the first few weeks. Although you can do this yourself, with a little perseverance, it might be better to contact a professional locksmith to carry out the work for you. Once your new locks are in place you can throw out your old set of keys, safe in the knowledge that you have the only keys to your home.

Update Your Address:

There’s nothing more frustrating than missing out on vital correspondence because it’s been sent to your old address. Not only can this cause you to miss out on important information, it can be a security risk, too. Be sure to update all your service providers before the move, and let your bank know that you’re moving.

If you can, leave a forwarding address at your old home, so that the new resident can pass on messages that reach you at your old address. Bear in mind, though, that they’re not a post office, and if you don’t take the time to update anyone who’s sending mail to them they’ll probably stop forwarding it eventually.

Check Your Equipment:

Your new home will come with a set of equipment which must be kept in good working order. This includes the boiler, the central heating, the gas system and the electrics – all of these should be fully checked over by a qualified professional in the first weeks after moving in, to ensure that they meet the safety requirements for this type of equipment.

You should also test all of your fire alarms, and make sure that you have adequate precautions in place in the event of fire. There are plenty of online guides which can walk you through checking your property’s fire safety, and it’s worth doing so sooner rather than later.

Label Your Circuits and Pipes:

Your home’s main fuse box will be your first port of call if there are any electrical malfunctions in the property, but the dozen or so unmarked switches don’t make it easy to know what’s what. A quick and easy job which you can do in half an hour is to mark and label each switch with the equipment it corresponds to. This will save you time and hassle later on; you might well need to turn power off in a hurry, and you won’t want to be working out which switch is which at this point.

Likewise, attaching a marker to the pipes under your sink, to your water heater or the mains will make your life easier in the long run. It’s especially important to locate and label the main stopcock, and ensure that everyone in the house knows where it is; if something springs a leak, this will need to be turned off immediately to prevent flooding.

Moving In:

Taking on the responsibilities of owning a home can seem daunting at first, but many of the problems you’ll encounter can be surmounted by effective forward planning. Taking the time to carry out some of these basic tasks and precautions sooner rather than later will make owning your first home a less stressful and more rewarding experience.