7 Things Every Home Owner Should Do When Moving into a New Home

 Moving into a new home is one of the most exciting times of your life. Especially if you have bought the property. It has probably been a long time coming too. Saving for a deposit is no mean feat in this day and age. Thirty years ago, on hundred percent mortgages were available to almost anyone with a job. Nowadays it is a completely different story since the credit crunch and the actions of a government that managed to sneak in without a mandate by the way of a dodgy deal with a party that was a distant runner.

 

Anyway, I digress. So you have the keys and the day has arrived when you will move into your new home. Here are my top tips for things to do when moving in.

 

Make a Cup of Tea

This speaks for itself. The first job is always to put the kettle on.

 

Meet the Neighbours

Get on friendly terms from the outset and see if your neighbours are up to scratch. It sounds awful, but bad neighbours will be your worst nightmare.

 

Communications

Technology is at the heart of all modern homes. Until the broadband is connected, you will not be able to relax. Get straight on to your provider.

 

Security

It is important these days to keep security in mind at every step of our lives. The home needs sensible, but not over the top security arrangements. Here is a list of things you may consider doing in and around your home.

 

  • Locks. Are the locks in your doors 5 lever, as recommended by most insurers? If they are not it is often a simple job to change them out. If you aren’t handy in that way, there are hundreds of locksmiths willing to quote a price to do the job.
  • Security alarms. A burglar alarm is a good deterrent to all but the most determined intruders. There are wireless kits available these days that are simplicity itself to install. Alternatively, having a system fitted by a member of an approved body can lower your insurance premiums.
  • Windows. Are your frames in good condition? Wooden windows are easier to pry open than their UPVC cousins. All latches should be lockable, though everyone in the household should know the location of the keys in case of emergency.
  • Shed. Don’t forget your shed when considering security. Bars at the windows and a high quality padlock will hopefully make a burglar move on to an easier target.

 

Safety

When it comes to safety, think fire. Check that there are adequate smoke alarms in the building and if there is a doorway to the garage, it should be a fire door with an approved rating and seals. Solutions for fire door furniture and seals can be found at Fire Seals Direct and many other suppliers online.

 

Utilities

Discover the locations of the water stop cock, the gas meter, and the fuse box. At some point in the future, you may have to access these quickly.

 

Insulation

Unless you want high energy bills through heat escaping from your home, check the quality of insulation. Climb into the loft and measure the thickness of it there. Hopefully, there will be at least eight inches. If not, you may consider adding more. Check if there is insulation in the cavity walls by drilling a one inch hole in an inconspicuous spot and using a piece of wire to prod around. Companies can fit cavity wall insulation by drilling holes and pumping it into the cavity.

 

So there you have my top 7 most important things to check or do when moving into your new home. I hope you will be very happy there knowing that your are safe and secure. That’s it for today guys, until next time.

 

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