Tips for Moving Into a New Home
By: Danny Lipford
Whether you’re buying a house for the first time or are a longtime homeowner, there’s a lot to consider when moving into a new home.
Kitchen and Bathroom Improvements
If the kitchen or bathroom in your new home leaves something to be desired in appearance, functionality, or storage space; the best time to tackle the project is before you move in, since these are often used rooms in the house.
Kitchen and bathroom remodels are two of the most popular home improvement projects around and can range from a new coat of paint, hardware, and accessories to full fledged renovations with new fixtures, cabinets and countertops.
When replacing the cabinets in your kitchen or bath, select quality cabinets that will last. Be sure to include features that increase convenience—like soft close door and drawer hardware—or that allow for better organization and more storage space, such as drawer dividers and roll-out trays.
Safety and Security
Before spending the first night in your new home, make sure the house is safe and secure for you and your family.
Door and Window LocksCheck all exterior doors on your new house to make sure have quality deadbolt locks. It’s also a good idea to have the existing locks rekeyed or changed, since there may be unaccounted keys floating around from the previous owner or workers.
For added security consider replacing your existing locks with ones that have a built-in alarm. Alarm locks are available in keyed or keypad versions and come with three alarms setting which can be set to go off if the door is opened, tampered with, or forced.
In addition, check to make sure there are secure locks on the windows of your new home, and keep them locked when the windows are closed.
Smoke and CO Alarms
Replace the batteries in any existing smoke alarms in your new home, and test them to make sure they work. Locate smoke detectors near or on the ceiling in hallways next to bedrooms as well as in other areas of the house.
Since carbon monoxide is invisible and odorless, CO detectors are as important as smoke alarms in keeping your family safe. Install CO detectors in or near each bedroom and on each level of your home. Since carbon monoxide doesn’t rise like smoke, you can install CO detectors at any height in the room.
Indoor Air QualityWith tighter house construction these days, removing moisture, odors, and indoor pollutants from your home is more important than ever. To remove contaminants and keep the air in your house fresh, install vent fans in each bathroom and a range hood in the kitchen.
Choose high quality fans that are quiet and energy efficient. Make sure each fan is properly sized, to provide the right amount of air flow, and vented through the roof or an exterior wall to the outside, rather than in the attic.
- First Time Homeowner (website)
- Packing and Moving Tips (article)
- Which Home Improvement Projects are Worth the Spend (article)
- Keep Your New Home Safe and Secure (article)
- Safe at Home (article/video)