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Five Tips For Setting Up Your New Home

The excitement of moving house goes hand in hand with the stress of having to plan the move and set up everything from scratch. To come to your help, here are five of the most important home setup projects you should make a priority prior to your move. While most of them are not extremely time- or energy-consuming, they will ask you to make a conscious effort.

Check out our expert tips, come up with a custom plan, and get started. Every second counts for a fun and secure moving experience.

Tip #1: Assess Your Needsset up new house

Do a complete and detailed walk-through of the new apartment or house before bringing in all your boxes. Ensure that:

  • All the repairs you have asked from the previous owner or landlord have been completed as per your request.
  • You were given all the keys, including master keys and security credentials or your security alarm and monitoring systems.
  • All the items that are part of the sales or rental contract are found inside the house, including furniture, appliances, and other fixtures.
  • All outlets and switches are working well and there are no signs of malfunction.

If you notice any issues, immediately get in touch with the realtor or landlord and have them come up with fast solutions. Ideally, you should have everything taken care of prior to spending your first night at the new place. Any additional problems that you may discover after your move which are not covered by your contract will become your responsibility. Nonetheless, knowing about them early on will save you money on more extensive repairs, so completing a detailed home assessment should be a priority.

Tip #2: Set Up All The Utilities

Make sure all the utilities are set up correctly prior to your move. If this is not the case yet, arrange for this to happen before the day of the big move. Double-check all the gas, electric, heating, cooling, water, internet, and landline. See they are working under normal parameters. Get in touch with the city's waste management service and have them confirm to you that garbage pick up at your new residence is properly scheduled.

Tip #3: Find The Water Vales And Fuse Boxes

The eagerness felt before moving into a new place can easily distract you. The last thing on your mind might be to look for the water valve or the fuse box when there are still dozens of boxes filled with kitchenware ready to be unpacked. However, the sooner you will locate the fuse box and water valve, the better. In case of a home flood or power outage, you will save precious time and prevent bigger problems.

The standard location for a fuse box is the garage, basement, or storage room, while the water valve should be normally found around your home's perimeter.

Tip #4: Replace Or Upgrade The Old Locks

To avoid any security problems and lower the risk of someone using an old key from getting inside your new home without your consent, have the locks changed. Call our team of professional locksmiths who specialize in a variety of residential locksmithing issues and schedule an appointment. We can advise you if you need to replace the locks or if a simple lock re-key is good enough. This is usually a good solution for quality, commercial grade-1 locks that are sturdy and secure enough to continue to be used.

We will make sure to check the locks on doors connecting your garage to your house as well as the rest of the doors leading to the inside and outside of the property. Do not ignore window, cabinet, and gate locks either. If the previous owners or renters have used a master key system, individual locks and keys, or access control locks that require unique codes, get all the keys and access codes from them.

Tip #5: Set Up A Security Camera Systemsecurity cameras

Install monitoring technology inside and around the house to enjoy enhanced protection and more peace of mind in your new house. We specialize in installing security systems based on your individual needs, call now to have a skilled technician come by and assess your home layout and give you a detailed report on your best security options.

Smart security cameras are a good idea as they are usually sold individually or in ready-to-use pairs. Depending on the house surface you need to cover, you will need to figure out the exact number of monitoring cameras you will need to buy, where to place them, what features should they have, and other similar details. Consider installing a Ring video doorbell camera that will allow you to configure motion-tracking areas and receive a phone call every time someone will walk up the pathway or driveway.

Last Few Details

1. Hire an expert cleaner or take the time to deep clean the entire house from top to bottom. Make sure you won't be moving into a place with dirty carpets, stained upholstery, hidden germs, bacteria, viruses, mold, mildew, and allergy-causing microscopic pathogens. 

2. Child-proof your home if you will be moving in with small children to prevent unwanted accidents on the staircase or the kitchen filled with sharp and dangerous items. Make a list of all the additional repairs you will need to make prior to moving in.

3. Finally, change your address with the post office and notify your bank and subscription services about your move.

Now it's time to bake some fresh cookies and go meet your new neighbors!