After weeks and weeks of planning a move, packing and traveling, it's finally time to arrive at your brand new home.
Whether you just bought a new home or are living in a rental, there are a few safety checks you should perform before unpacking.
Check the electrical system
Familiarize yourself with the breaker box and what circuits control which rooms. Check for frayed wires and check for cords to make sure they aren’t under rugs or across doorways. If you have young children, it may be a good idea to place plastic safety covers over the unused outlets at this time.
If your new home comes equipped with alarms, make sure they have fresh batteries. Demonstrate the noise each alarm makes so your family members know which one is which. Make sure the fire department’s carbon monoxide-reporting emergency number is available somewhere visible. Fire extinguishers are always good to have on hand in case of an emergency. Place them strategically in the kitchen and each floor of the house. Additionally, it may be a good time to make an evacuation plan or severe weather plan for your family. Make sure everyone knows what to do in the particular situation and have the supplies on hand.
Despite the seller leaving keys with you at closing, it is wise to change the locks on your house. Check your windows to make sure they can be securely locked and are not easily opened. Consider installing a home security system or reactivating the one that may already be installed.
Check heating and cooling systems and pipes
Although this may have been reviewed during your inspection, it is still a good idea to make sure your vents aren’t blocked. Consider having a heating and cooling specialist check your equipment to make sure everything is working properly. Take a quick look at the visible pipes in your home for corrosion, rust stains and leakage. Learn how to shut off your water in case you need to do so.
Now that you have completed some simple safety checks, you can start unpacking with the peace of mind during your new beginnings. Best wishes in your new home!
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