Buying a new home is a major accomplishment, and a very exciting new chapter in your life. To make the most of your new investment, continue reading for a list of five things that you should do when you purchase real estate.

1. Change Your Locks and Consider Adding a Security System

recycle-24543_1280The first thing you should do is ensure your security in your new home by changing all of the locks on the doors. You can do this job yourself or you can hire professional locksmiths like those at, who can also help you. If you wish to go a step further, install a security system to protect your home from intruders.

2. Clean Everything

When moving into a new home, you may find that it’s quite dirty, especially if it has been on the market for quite some time and it has been vacant.

Before you move all of your belongings and furniture into the home, make sure you give the entire property a thorough cleaning. Clean out the cabinets and closets, disinfect the bathroom and kitchen, and steam clean the floors. Also make sure you get rid of all the dust and debris that may have accumulated over time. You can do this yourself, or you can instead hire a professional cleaning service to take care of all the details.

3. Spruce Up the Walls

The walls in your new home may need to be cleaned up and refreshed a bit, and this includes the ceilings. Go through the home and repair any holes, cracks, and defects that you can find so you can have smooth, new looking walls. Then add a fresh coat of primer and paint in whatever colour you choose to match your interior design scheme. Before you know it, your home will start to feel like it’s truly your own.

4. Get to Know the Main Water Valve and Circuit Breaker Box

[;i,bomgLocate the circuit breaker box to determine which fuses control which part of your home. Label these after working with someone else to figure out what fuse supplies the power to each room.

On top of that, you also want to know where the main water valve is located so you can turn it off during any type of plumbing emergency, as well as if you’re heading out of town or there’s a natural disaster like a tornado or hurricane headed your way. All you have to do is locate the valve, shut it off, and make sure that it works.

5. Look for Plumbing Leaks

Plumbing leaks can be common in homes that are older, so you should check all of your faucets, toilets, and water heater to be sure there aren’t any plumbing issues that need to be addressed. Even if your home inspector analysed the plumbing, it’s never a bad idea to check again.

Once you take care of the five steps above and you’ve moved all of your belongings into your new home, you can relax and enjoy your new place.

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