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The First 6 Things To Do When Moving Into A New Home

As a homeowner, you are charged with with safety and security of your home, the payment of your bills, along with the payment of your bills, cleanliness, tidiness, among other things. Running a house is similar to running a business. Take all the responsibilities seriously and you will be successful and happy in your home

1. Replace Every Lock In Your Home

Safety first! Change your locks. More than likely, there are other people in your area that have keys to your house, the Realtor, dog walker, possibly a painter or contractor. Regardless of you being able to change the locks yourself, it is imperative to hire a locksmith.


2. Install A Home Security System

Home security is extremely important because break-ins can happen anywhere, anytime. Security systems are a deterent to robbers and home invasions. They keep safe the 3 "Ps," people, pets, possessions.

These systems incorporate all of the following:

  • Doorbells with tiny embedded cameras
  • Phone APPS for remote home security management
  • Carbon Monoxide Sensors
  • Freezing water pipes  
  • Most new systems are now wireless. This means they can be installed, tested and working in less than 30 minutes without the help of a professional. You don't even need a landline. Today's systems operate using self-contained cellular networks.


    3. Inspect Your Heating System, A/C Unit and Water Heater

    As soon as you move into your new home have an HVAC certified company check your mechanicals, Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning. If your technician recommends maintenance, have it done. In the long run, it will be much cheaper than replacing them. Be sure to buy an annual contract.


    4. Shop For A Car Insurance Discount

    Consider that:

    • You are living in a new home
    • You are parking your car in a new area
    • You are older than the last time you applied for auto insurance
    • Your commute and usage of your car has changed

    Each of these factors affect your car insurance rates. Now that you have moved you may be paying too much.


    5. Submit A Change Of Address To USPS

    The United States Postal Service makes this very easy to accomplish. Visit their site and specify the date when mail should begin forwarding to your new address. There is a simple form to fill out.


    6. Establish Auto-Pay For Your Mortgage

    As a home owner you can opt to pay your mortgage in 2 ways: either write a check and mail it or auto-pay from your bank. When you auto-pay your mortgage, you help to protect your credit score. Remember, Auto-Pay is never late


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