Things to Do After Moving Into a New Home
If you’re moving into a new home, there are plenty of things to do to make it feel like yours.
One thing that shouldn’t be overlooked? Changing the locks on your doors and windows. You should change the locks on all exterior doors, including garage doors (if there is one). This includes any other windows as well–including those in your mailbox. Consider smart-locks for your front door.
You can make your new home feel like home fast with these steps:
Have a security system installed.
It’s important to protect you and your new home from would-be criminals and thieves, and also from the threat of fire. Don’t overlook monitoring for fire as part of your security protection. EMC Security’s fire detectors start at just $79, with no monthly monitoring cost when integrated into the security system.
Get a carbon monoxide detector and smoke detector.
Carbon monoxide is a colorless, odorless gas that can cause serious illness or death. It’s produced when fuels such as natural gas, oil, kerosene and propane are burned. If you use these types of fuels in your home–even on occasion–you should have a carbon monoxide detector installed near every sleeping area in your house.
EMC Security offers CO detectors and a combination smoke/carbon monoxide detector – and monitors at no additional monthly cost.
Update your address.
With everything going on when you move into your home, updating your address through the post office might be the last thing on your mind. It’s a good idea to get your change of address done as soon as possible at USPS.com/move so you don’t miss out on any important mail during the process of moving.
Get a new license and car registration.
If you’re new to the state (or county), it’s important to register your car. If you’ve moved from somewhere else in state, you can update your license through your local department of motor vehicles (DMV). Before you get a new license, research the documents online that you need to bring with you in order to get one. You may need to provide specific identification and proof of residency.
If you move out of state, it’s important to update your license as soon as possible. Your new state will give you a grace period of 10 – 60 days.
Before you get a new license, research the documents online that you need to bring with you in order to get one. You may need to provide specific identification and proof of residency. Fill out the paperwork to get a new license, take any required tests and pay the required fees.
Deep clean your home.
Another great way to make your new place feel like home fast is by deep cleaning every room in the house from top to bottom. This will give you more time as well as a cleaner space when guests come over later on down the line.
Schedule home improvements.
What repairs do you need to make to your new home? Some repairs may require more attention than others, such as leaky pipes, structural issues, a roof that needs replaced, etc. Get any problems addressed sooner than later if they aren’t taken care of before move-in day.
Consider prioritizing the home improvements you need to have done based on the seriousness of each issue. Painting a room likely ranks on a lower priority than a leaky roof, for example. Consider getting a list of contractors in the area and interview them as soon as you know you’ll need to make improvements to your new home.
Connect with your new neighbors.
Your neighborhood can also help you get connected and feel a part of the community. It helps to have relationships with your neighbors when you need somebody to house-sit or in an emergency.
We know that moving can be stressful, but it doesn’t have to be! The key is to take things one step at a time and remember that everything will fall into place eventually.
To set up a security system, or activate the system already in the property, contact EMC Security at 770-963-0305. Or complete this form for a call back >>