In the Twin Cities, new houses and apartments are built on the daily. You can hardly walk a block without running into a new development, and here at College Muscle Movers, we’ve seen a wide array of new houses, as well as new homeowners. Below you’ll find 5 tips to help you get started in your new house.
Get New Locks
This is a no-brainer. When you first step into a new house, there’s no way to tell who else might have keys to your home. Getting your own locks installed will ensure that only you have access to your home. If you’re handy, you can put the locks in yourself. Alternatively, you can contact a locksmith to do it. You’re better off hiring a specialist in most cases, since you’ll know it’s getting done right.
Clean Out Drawers and Cabinets
While the previous owners or managers ought to have given the house a good scrub, it’s easy to miss cleaning in some spots. Cabinets and drawers are common offenders: they’ll often have bits of grime or dust leftover in the corners, especially if they’re up high and hard to reach. Wipe them down, and put in new mats if necessary. Especially in kitchens, keep an eye out for rodent droppings.
Which brings us to our next point—
Keep An Eye Open for Pests
House pests come in a lot of different flavors. Most common are rodents (rats, mice, and bats), followed by termites and roaches. Termites and roaches are usually less common in colder climates, although they can always pop up. If you find signs of any pests, you have a number of different options. Ideally, you can find a humane trap that will capture your pest without hurting it, and then you can release it far away in the wild. If you aren’t having success with any humane traps, you can resort to poisons, but be careful, especially if you have any pets or children in the house.
If all of your attempts fail to remove the pests, you can find a local pest removal service and have them do it. Usually a pest removal service is far more costly and invasive, so consider using these as a last resort.
Memorize Your Circuits and Fuses
Even if you move into a new house without any pre-existing electrical or plumbing issues, you should immediately memorize the location of your circuit box. Any time an issue does arrive (intense thunderstorms, power goes out in the bathroom, etc.), you’ll want to know how to turn off and subsequently restore power so that no one gets electrocuted.
For the fuses and circuit breakers, you’ll want to make sure you have a diagram so you know how the switches correspond to the different areas of the house. It’s a lot harder to figure it out AFTER you have a problem and the power goes out. Keep the diagram somewhere safe and easy to reach in an emergency, and store it with a flashlight.
Familiarize Yourself With The Plumbing
Find the main water valve as soon as you get to your new house. Turning off the water is something you’ll likely need to do when you first move into a house. If you need to install any new appliances (refrigerator, freezer, washer, etc.), turning off the water is the first step in getting everything set up. No one wants to get water damage on their brand-new wood floors.