If you have purchased a new Santa Cruz house and are going to move in soon, what are the first things that you will need to do when you arrive at your new home?
Change Your Address
You will need to change your address for all magazine subscriptions, bills and other services. Visit your post office to find out what needs to be done.
Set Up the Utilities
When you move into a new home, you will need to get all of the contact information from the previous homeowner for the utility companies. Be sure to change the services into your name before you move in, such as gas, cable, electricity, internet, telephone, sewer and water.
Change the Locks
You have no way of knowing who the old homeowners gave a copy of the key to, so having the locks changed is something that you should do right away when you move into your new property.
Have the Carpets Cleaned
Get your life in the new house off to a fresh start by having your carpets steam cleaned before you move your furniture in. You could either rent a steam cleaner or pay a carpet cleaning service, but either way this will make the house really feel clean and new.
Figure Out Your Fuse Box
Another important first step to owning your new home is to figure out which fuses control each part of your home. Knowing how the breaker box works will ensure that you can flip the right switch when you need to. You might need to ask someone to help you by standing in another part of the house and letting you know which lights come on or off when you flick the switches.
Check Your Smoke Alarms
The smoke alarms and CO monitors in your home might not have been checked recently, so make sure that they are functioning properly. Depending on how old they are, you might need to change the batteries. This is an important maintenance task for your own safety.
These are just a few of the important first steps that you should take when you first move into your brand new home. For more information about buying a Santa Cruz house, feel free to contact me at any time by calling 831.662.6522 or emailing me at Lauren@LaurenSpencer.com.
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