December 6th, 2011
If you’re a new homeowner, it probably feels like there are a million things that need to be done. But before you get to the rest of your to-do list, there are several things you should make sure you do ASAP.
In her blog post “5 Things to Do When You First Move In,” Erika Riggs prioritizes the essentials for new homeowners.
1. Change locks. This may seem like a no-brainer, but many homeowners actually put this off, assuming they have the only sets of keys out there. Make sure to change the locks as soon as possible to avoid any risk.
2. Re-program garage door opener. Again, better to play it safe. Plus, changing the code will allow you to choose a combination that’s easiest for you to remember.
3. Replace furnace filters. It’s recommended that furnace filters be changed once a month during the cold season for maximum efficiency. And seeing that the previous owners were busy packing up, you should assume they didn’t get around to it.
4. Change the batteries in the smoke alarms and carbon dioxide detectors. Again, changing the batteries probably wasn’t a top priority of the previous owners. Changing the batteries and testing these safety devices is well worth the time and little money.
5. Replace toilet seat covers. As Riggs says, we probably don’t need to go into specific details on this one.