When it comes to moving house, there’s so much more to it than physically moving your stuff from A to B. A brand new start also means a lot of jobs and work that need to be done in order to get your new home how you want it. With so much going on it can be difficult to know exactly where to start. But when you’ve just moved house here are some of the essential jobs that will need doing.
Even if your new home looks clean, it’s always worth going back in yourself, so you know it’s been done to a good standard. Bathrooms and kitchens particularly should ding time going through and properly cleaning is your best bet. It gives you a chance to carefully check for any areas of damage that need addressing. You can also make sure you can’t see any signs of pests and things before moving your possessions in too.
Locate The Stopcock
The stopcock in your home will turn off the water supply, and so if you ever suffer from a leak or burst pipe you know how to turn it off! Check that it can be easily turned on or off. Some can become stiff, and the handle can even break off, so it’s important to know that yours is in good working order. It can also be useful to test the isolation valves on sinks and any appliances that require plumbing too. That way you can be safe in the knowledge that if any problems do arise you can quickly and efficiently turn off the water supply.
Have The Electrics Tested
Hopefully, you’ll have had a home survey done before you purchased your home, but if not- getting the electrics tested is essential. If you’ve moved into an older property or one that hasn’t been lived in for a while, the wiring could be bad or have been gnawed by mice. If you search electricians in your local area, it won’t be difficult to find one offering this service, Captain Electric for example offer home safety inspections. As well as the electrics inside the home, ask your electrician to check any external wiring. This is for things like flood lights, as well as the electric to any outbuildings too.
Test The Alarm Systems
If your new home has a house alarm, you’ll need to get the code details from the previous owners. Change the code right away to something everyone in the family will remember, and give it a test to make sure it’s working. It can be worth having a professional come out and test it, just to make sure it’s in full working order and you won’t be getting any false alarms. Not a great way to make an impression with your new neighbors! Smoke alarms should all be tested too.
Change The Locks
When you move into a new home, you have no idea who also has a key. The people who lived in the home previously could have given their key to anyone. The last thing you want is for someone to be able to just let themselves in, and help themselves to your stuff when you’re out! From a home security point of view, it’s always worth changing the locks in a new home. You can find replacement barrels for most doors in DIY shops, otherwise call in a locksmith. Change the locks for the front and back, as well as any sheds, outbuildings or lockups which require a key. It’s always better to be on the safe side.