When you move into your new home, you are probably concerned with unpacking and making sure your favorite collectibles survived the move. It's easy to get caught up in the fun parts of your new home, like decorating or joining the neighborhood block party. But before you get too comfortable in your new place, remember to make these changes.
1. Change the locks. You have no idea how many people have a key to your home when you move in. The last (few) people to live there, contractors, neighbors and the seller's best friend could all have a key. Changing the locks is a fairly quick and easy project to tackle before you move in.
2. Find the circuit breaker and water shutoff. When you're unpacking and doing some remodeling, it's easy to overload your electrical system. If there's a plumbing leak, you'll need to know where your water shutoff valve is.
3. Change alarm batteries. While this isn't an emergency, it's easier to change the smoke detector and carbon monoxide batteries now, before your home is filled with furniture. You can also check the detectors to make sure they're working properly.
4. Plan your emergency exits. Having a plan for an emergency is always a good idea. Go over the emergency exits from every room and have a plan for your family during an emergency.
5. Clean your gutters. You probably don't need to clean your gutters immediately, but it's definitely a chore that should be tackled sooner rather than later. You don't want to be worried about the gutters during our next rain or snow storm.
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