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Posted by: Jaime Barb on Sunday, March 5, 2017 at 6:00:00 am

8 task that need to be added to your Move-in list

Are you moving into a new house? You may have a long task list of things you need to accomplish, like unpacking all those boxes. There’s a few more things you’re going to want to add to your list before you move in.

Change the locks
It’s smart to get new locks on your door. You don’t know if the last owner gave out multiple keys to what is now your home. Replacing the hardware will give you a nice update to your home and peace of mind.

Do an in-depth tour of the house
Do you know where the water and gas shut-off valves are? Familiarize yourself with all the ins and outs of your new house. Also, make sure that key members of the household are familiar with the house in case you are not around.

Seal off rooms you don’t use-or won’t be using right away
There are unforeseen costs when you move into your new home. Between moving costs, new furniture, turning on utilities, you will probably want to have some money saved up. Sealing off rooms you don’t use will help to lower some of your heating and cooling costs.

Meet your neighbors
Introduce yourself to your neighbors sooner than later. You never know if you’ll meet your new best friend (or find one for your kids). Being friendly from the beginning will help you to establish good well and help you acclimate to the neighborhood.

Join Nextdoor
New to the neighborhood and don’t know where the best Mexican food is or who to get to babysit Friday night? Check out Nextdoor, they will help you find out all you need to know about your new area.

Clean your carpets
Even though a thorough cleaning of your house should have been done by the sellers before you moved in, that’s not always the case. Even if the house looks clean and tidy they may have skipped the carpets. A good cleaning can extend their life, improve air quality, and remove allergies.

Wipe out drawers and cabinets
This is another task that needs to be added to your list. There may be germs or crumbs left behind and it’s better to be safe than sorry.

Change your fire alarm batteries
The U.S. Fire Administration (USFA) recommends that fire alarm batteries get changed twice a year. Since you probably won't know when the last time this was done, it's best to change them when you move in.

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