10 Things to Do the First Week In Your New Home

You’re finally in your new home after weeks of planning and moving. The amount of work awaiting you seems overwhelming. Here are ten things to do during the first week in your new home.

1. Change the Locks and Code

You’ll feel more secure if you are the only person with access to your new home and garage. Change the locks on your doors and the codes for your garage doors. Also, consider whether you need a security system and if so, make an appointment.

2. Make a Safety Inspection

Walk through your new home to be sure to eliminate safety hazards. Check to ensure that all the smoke alarms have fresh batteries. Inspect the furnace and appliances, and ensure your house number is clearly visible from the street in case of an emergency. Finally, childproof the home if you think any little ones will be afoot.

3. Unpack

Unpack your boxes, starting with essentials first. Bedrooms and bathrooms are a high priority. Organizing the kitchen, at least so you can prepare simple meals, is also at the top of the list.

4. Change your Address

If you still need to, change your mailing address to keep receiving mail. Be sure to notify credit card companies, utilities, and others that send you bills about your new residence.

5. Locate the Fuse Box and Water Valve

Be sure you know where your fuse box is in case you blow a fuse. Also, locate the primary water valve in case of an emergency.

6. Compile Your Paperwork

New residences come with a lot of paperwork, including leases, mortgage paperwork, and homeowners association bylaws. Find all your paperwork and file it in a safe space. You also should read your homeowner association bylaws and guidelines to know what you need to do to gain approval for any exterior changes you might make to your new home.

7. Go Shopping

New homes need a lot of items. First, you’ll need to stock the fridge. You’ll also need to buy small items such as shower curtains and cleaning products. Depending on the season, you may also need garden tools.

8. Get Acquainted

You’ll also want to take some time to get acquainted with your neighborhood and neighbors. Walk around the area at times when other neighbors are outdoors and introduce yourself. Also, observe your neighbors for opportunities when you can help them with a small task to introduce yourself.

Then do some driving. Map out your way to work, school, and the nearest gym. Next, look for banks, restaurants, and other services.

9. Collect Emergency Numbers

Collect numbers for your doctor, your child’s school, the nearest hospital, and other services and put them on your fridge and in your phone. They’ll be handy if you need them quickly.

10. Take Some Time to Relax

Moving is a lot of work and stressful. Take some time to relax and participate in activities you enjoy. For example, you might eat at a local restaurant, schedule a massage, or take some time to listen to music.

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