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10 Things a New Homeowner Must Do When Moving In

 Moving into a new home is a very exciting experience. We all want to be the best homeowners we can be and with a new home you are starting with a blank slate. You may be thinking of all the ways you want to arrange your furniture or decorate your home, but we have compiled a list of the 10 most important things that every new homeowner should do.

1. Change Your Locks

Your realtor just handed you the keys to your new home and I am here telling you to change them. Wait, what? Think about it, your realtor may have given you a set or two, but how many other copies of your keys are out there? Keys are easy to duplicate, and we often forget to get them back from everyone, therefore it is best to change your locks and get your own keys.

2. Buy a Toolkit 

Even if you are not Mr. or Ms. Fix-It there will be items you need to repair, and you are not going to want to call an expert every time you want to hang a photo. Invest in a good took set that fits your needs and level of DIY desire.

3. Get Familiar with Your Heating and Cooling Systems

Especially if you move in right before summer or right before winter. Heating and cooling will become an important part of your life. Make sure you know what type of system you have and how to properly maintain it. The vipHomeLink App can help you keep it in good working condition with our timely reminders.

4. Save Money for Repairs

You just made an extremely large purchase and you are probably super excited about figuring out ways to make your new house a home. But many new homeowners, especially first-time homebuyers, forget to put aside money for repairs. The cost of repairs can add up quickly! The rule of thumb is to budget about 1-3% of the price you paid to purchase your home.

 

5. Steam Clean Carpets and Do a Deep Clean

This is especially true if your home is not a new build. A lot of life has happened on those carpets and in that house. Steam cleaning carpets can help get rid of pet hair, smoke, and other spills and stains. Doing a deep clean, whether you tackle the challenge yourself or hire a professional allows you to start of on the cleanest and most hygienic foot.

6. Get to Know Your Circuit Breaker

 Believe me you don't want to have to find your circuit breaker that first time when the lights go out! It's good practice to find your circuit breaker and ensure that it is labeled properly.

7. Check for Plumbing Issues

Leaks and plumbing issues can cause lots of damage very quickly. Listen for any running toilets, dripping water, or visible signs of water damage. To be on the safe side you might want to hire a plumber to do an inspection and insure that your plumbing system is working properly. vipHomeLink's homeowner App has an entire section dedicated to helping you stay on top of your home's plumbing and avoid issues that can lead to water damage. From tips on auto-water shutoff valves to reminders for annual plumbing inspections, we've got you covered.

8. Put Together an Emergency Kit 

We don't like to think of worst-case scenarios, but it is important that we are prepared for them. Have a small first-aid kit, flashlights, potable water, blankets, and anything else that would help you in an emergency.

9.  Check Smoke Detectors, CO Detectors, and Fire Extinguishers

 Test all your detectors to make sure they are in proper working order. You should have at least one CO detector on each floor. Smoke detectors should be in each bedroom, outside each sleeping area, and on every level of your home including the basement. Every home should have at least one fire extinguisher. Most experts recommend having an A-B-C rated extinguisher. Remember it is also important to prepare an emergency escape plan so you and your family know exactly what to do and how to stay safe.

10. Join vipHomeLink and Download our Homeowner App

Become the best homeowner you can be and start your new home off right. It's like a fitbit for your home. Discover how fit your home is, learn how to improve it, get expert tips that save you time and money, know what to do and when to do it with scheduled maintenance alerts, build a valuable home history, store all your home documents in one place, and more.

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