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New Homeowner’s Checklist

September 12, 2019

Purchasing a new home is a large accomplishment for anyone. However, the hard part isn’t over yet. Dealing with real estate agents, biddings, and contracts were only the beginning. Now there is an entire home to be managed. Once you move in, here are the first things to place to work on.

DIY Before- 

Moving in can be a stressful time. Your home is about to be filled with boxes and you’re on a mission to find the right place for every last item. Don’t make this process any harder by trying to conduct DIY projects while moving in. Before the big day, see what projects you can complete before the movers arrive. This includes any painting, refinishing hardwood floors, or more complex items like replacing the wiring. While this may not be possible depending on schedules, take any amount of time that you have to try completing a few small projects before moving in. Trust us!

Get Kitted Up- 

Safety first! The first thing that should be on your checklist is purchasing a first aid kit and fire extinguisher. If your home comes with a fire extinguisher then check that it’s not past the expiration date. Another important kit for all homeowners is a toolkit. Do you have a hammer, nails, screwdriver, and other toolbox essentials? You’ll never know when you’ll have to become a handyman so make sure the toolbox is ready.

Make Your Home Secure- 

Everyone deserves to feel safe in their own home. To help make that transition easier there are some simple steps that could be taken. This includes getting a home security system, investing in a safe, and creating an emergency plan that everyone in your family knows. For little ones, moving to a new place can be an exciting and scary time so you don’t want to have anything happen that wouldn’t make them feel as safe as possible.

Inspect- 

When first looking into purchasing a house, many things are inspected. It starts to feel as though you have looked at every nook and cranny of the household. Now that the keys to the household are yours, its time to sit back and really think about everything you’ve inspected. Have you checked the plumbing for leaks? Is the insulation still good? How about the windows, do they look like they might need to be replaced. By inspecting everything in your home, you’ll have a good idea of the status of everything and won’t be surprised when suddenly something needs to be replaced. 

While we talked about the larger projects, an inspection can also mean the little things. Check your smoke detectors to ensure that the batteries aren’t dead and test that they are fully working. This is the best time to replace them if needed.

Bonus Tip: Change your locks. This is something that should be done especially if you’re moving into an old home. Ensure that your house is safe by getting new locks for the front door and any other locks in the house. 

Congrats again on buying a new home! Sorry about all of the headaches this might cause in the future. But remember for any projects or questions you may have about home improvement, you have a friend in Clondalkin Builders Providers. Don’t hesitate to call the shop at (01) 459 2133. We’ll be happy to answer any questions that you may have.