5 things to do when you move into your new home:

There will never be a better time to meet your new neighbors than when the moving truck is in the front yard. You have their full attention. They’re looking to see how many kids there are, how old they are, what kind of furnishings you have and all of the other curious things that have earned the nickname “nosy neighbors”. It’s ironic to call our new interactions (Texting, Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest) “social”, because we rarely ever actually see the person or people we are supposedly being social with. If you take the initiative and get to know them, you’ll miss the neighbors a lot more than the home when it’s your time to move.

When we eventually moved from our last home, we had been there for over fifteen years. Over the years we had given house keys to several neighbors, a couple of housekeepers, a pest control company, a few family members and of course our two sons. There’s really no telling how many house keys we had distributed and who had them. I’m sure that we’re no different than the family you just bought your new home from. It’s time to start over. Change the locks.

For the same security reasons it makes sense to change the code on your new garage door opener and key pad (if there is one). There are a couple of different kinds of door openers still in the market. The older ones have toggle switches on the back and you just change the switch position to change the code. The newer models have a smart switch, which is just a button that you press to clear the existing code and press again to reset. Follow the instructions for your particular opener. Of course, if you don’t have a manual there is plenty of help online.

When was the last time you changed your HVAC filter. I just did mine last month. But you don’t know when the one in your new home was replaced. My AC guy suggests that I use the cheap filters and replace them every month. Some people buy the more expensive models and change them out every 2/3 months. Whatever you plan is, start fresh with a new filter.

If you had a home inspection done when you bought your new home, your inspector probably checked “some” of the smoke/carbon monoxide detectors. Don’t expect them to beep if they have a completely dead battery or no battery at all in them. Now’s the perfect time to visit the nearest Lowes or Home Depot to buy some new batteries and make sure that your alert system is ready to go. There’s no reason to take any chances, replace the batteries in the smoke/carbon monoxide detectors.

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