Moving into a new home can be an exciting and hectic time. There are some things that can be placed on the back burner during the move in process. With these four easy tips on moving into a new home, you can be sure to check a few of the important saftey ones off your list.
Change the Locks
At closing time, the seller of a house turns over the keys to the new owners. However, many times the previous owner will have given a spare key to a friend or neighbor in case of emergency. Enlist a locksmith to come to the house and change all of the locks and get new keys made. This final transition from one owner to the next will give the new homeowner peace of mind.
Reprogram Your Garage Door Remote
Along with changing the locks of your home, reprograming your garage door remote will ensure the safety of your house. Depending on the brand of remote, steps in reprograming it may differ, but the process is simple for nearly all brands. Most remotes have a “Learn” button, which you must hold until the indicator light blinks. While the indicator light blinks, press the button on your remote. This should reprogram your garage door opener remote. If this does not work, contact your remote manufacturer or local hardware store for assistance. Google is always a great resourse as well!
Change Your Home’s Air Filters
Most air filter manufacturers recommend that you change the HVAC air filters every other month. Due to the increased amount of activity of moving furniture in and out of the house, a larger concentration of dust will collect in the ventilation system. In order to improve the air quality in your home and increase heating and cooling efficiency, make sure you change your air filters right when you move in.
Install New Batteries in Smoke Alarms
When a person is selling their home, there are many different procedures they must do to ensure that it is ready for sale. Often times, during the stress of the home selling process, the smoke alarms are forgot about. Ensure the safety of your home and family by changing the batteries in the smoke detectors when you move into a new house. This cheap and quick home improvement has the potential to save your family’s life.
By doing these four easy steps, a person who has just moved into a new home can make their house more safe and cost efficient.