Moving into a new home is an exciting time, whether it’s your first home or your fifth. It’s easy to focus on the fun aspects of your new place, like stringing up lights over your back deck or creating a relaxing master bath oasis to ease away the strain of those long days at work. But before you dive headlong into making your house a home, there are a few steps you should always take to make sure your home will serve you well for years to come. Here are a few new home necessities that many don’t know to do:
Change The Locks
Whether your home is newly built or thirty years old, it’s important to change the locks or have them rekeyed. There’s no good way to know how many spare keys were made and handed out to friends, family, or even subcontractors working on the home. Rekeying or changing the locks makes all of those old keys useless, which helps prevent break-ins.
Check The Plumbing & HVAC
In theory, the home’s plumbing, heating, and cooling were all checked by a home inspector before closing on the house. However, the second set of eyes doesn’t hurt. Run the sinks, bathtub taps, and showerheads, and flush all of the toilets to make sure everything functions properly. In addition, keep an eye on your water meter for a couple of hours without using any water; if the meter changes, you may have a leak.
You’ll also want to make sure your heater and air conditioning unit turned on when prompted. Better to do so now than in the middle of a snow storm! While you’re at it, this is a perfect time to change out old air filters (including the one over the stove).
Clean Out The Dryer Vent
Lint clogging up the dryer vent is a potential fire hazard. It also reduces the efficiency of your machine, which can increase your utility bill. Your local hardware store will carry an easy-to-use drill attachment to break up any collected dust.
Replace Toilet Seats
Replacing a toilet entirely is complicated, but you can ditch those old, worn toilet seats easily and inexpensively. What’s $20 in the name of a clean bathroom?
Check For Pests
Compared to most states, Colorado is pretty bug-free. But that doesn’t mean your new home will be totally pest-free. Before you start moving furniture in, check for signs of rodents and bed bugs in particular. If you do have pests, it’ll be easier to get rid of them before you move your household goods inside.
Test For Radon
Colorado has higher than average levels of radon, a lung cancer-causing gas. Houses new and old are susceptible, so it’s important to test. You can find a radon test kit at hardware stores or from your local radon mitigation company. It’s a good idea to test before moving furniture in so you won’t have to move anything if your home needs mitigation.