3. UPDATE HOME TECHNOLOGY
Now is a good time to update or install home technology, including your secuity system and smart home tech. You'll also want to familiarize yourself with your home's electrical system; find your meter and fuse boxes.
5. PERSONALIZE MAILBOX
Whether your mailbox is attached or detached, be sure to update your name and replace the address numbers if they're worn out.
7. HEATING AND AIR CONDITIONING
Consider checking and being prepared to change the furnace and air conditioning filters. Make sure the air ducts aren't blocked and that the water heater settings are to your liking.
8. FRESHEN INTERIOR
Your new home will need a few personal touches, including new window treatments and screens, paint, flooring, organizational systems, cabintry, and much more. Tackle these projects early on to avoid having to move furniture and personal items repeatedly.
6. TEST FIRE SAFETY
Check the expiration dates and be prepared to secure new fire extinguishers for every level of your new home if necessary. Check that your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors are properly installed, working, and clean. Keep fire prevention top of mind while unpacking.
4. PLAN A DEEP CLEANING
Plan to deep clean your home from top to bottom.
Carpets, pools, jacuzzis, ceiling fans, windows, and other places in your home have likely accumlated dust and other danders prior to your moving in.
2. COPY HOUSING DOCUMENTS
After closing, make copies of your home closing documents. Store one in a fireproof safe within your home and another with your financial institution.
9. UPDATE ADDRESS
First, you'll want to set up mail forwarding with your local post office. Then, you'll need to update your new address with your financial institutions, insurance providers, employer and on your driver's license.
11. LOCATE WEATHER SHELTER
If your home doesn't have a basement or an underground shelter, you'll want to pinpoint a spot on the lowest level of your home without windows. Also, be sure to update your severe weather alerts on your phone.
10. MAKE EVACUATION PLAN
Locate two ways to exit your home and a meeting place for family members in case of an emergency. You may want to invest in an escape ladder and other useful evauation tools.
NEW HOME CHECKLIST:
11 THINGS TO DO AFTER UNPACKING
1. CHANGE THE LOCKS
How many spare keys are there to your new home? With no way of knowing, you'll want to update the locks on all the doors. Consider installing smart locks and new deadbolts to deter unwanted "drop-in" visitors.