Now that the house hunt is over and you have been given the keys, it’s time to settle into your new home. But before you get too comfortable, help prevent the unexpected and tick these five tasks off your to-do list.
1. Change the Locks
As new homeowners, it can be beneficial to change the locks on exterior doors in case previous owners and members of their circle still have spare keys and can access the home. Also ensure you change the code to your garage door. Beyond security, take the opportunity to increase your curb appeal by upgrading your door hardware or replacing your front door altogether.
2. Replace Your Air Filter
Start fresh with a new air filter for your furnace or ductwork to improve the air quality in your home. Check the air filter for a build-up of grime. If you can’t see light through the filter, it is time for a replacement. Make a note of your home’s energy efficiency and consider making energy-efficient improvements to help keep you comfortable year-round and reduce your energy bills.
3. Tend to Your Siding
During your home inspection, you would have noticed any cracks, warping, or damage to the siding. These are all signs you need to replace your siding. The good news is that it’s possible to repair damaged vinyl siding and replace panels yourself. If you’re lucky and your siding is in good condition, you may just need to clean your siding to make it look brand new again.
4. Check Your Crawlspace & Gutters
It’s a good idea to check the condition of your crawlspace. Look for signs of water damage and mold so you know what you’re dealing with. Dampness, wet corners, and color changes could result in property damage. Similarly, don’t forget to check your gutters for blockages and keep them clear of debris to avoid expensive repairs.
5. Locate Your Breaker Box & Water Shut-off Valve
To be prepared for a burst pipe or power outage, ensure you know where to find your water shut-off valve and breaker box. The water shut-off valve is usually near the water meter. The breaker box is a grey panel with a series of switches (breakers) found inside newer houses or on the exterior of older homes. Find your breaker box and label each breaker if they aren’t already.