New homeowners need to be aware of some important details when moving into their new home. Spending a little time on the necessary quality checks when moving into your new home can help you protect your family and make your home a very safe and happy environment to live in. Here are some easy home safety checks to perform after moving into a new home. Use this new home safety checklist to be safe and secure!
- Home Security
After the seller hands over the keys to your new home to you, it is always highly recommended that you change the locks and check up on your new home security system for the safety of your family. Investing in a good home security system can provide you peace of mind in your new home. Doing something as simple as making sure your windows are closed and locked can prevent costly property loss. Do remember that it only takes one unlocked window to allow burglars to come in unnoticed.
- Familiarize Yourself With The Electrical Systems
It is essential for you to get accustomed to the electrical system of your new home. You will need to know where your meter and breaker box is located. It would be helpful if you could also learn what breaker controls what in the house. Taking the time to label your breaker box (if it is not already done) can save you time in the future. Also, you should also know how to turn off the breaker box in case of an emergency. If you notice any problems, such as loose wires or broken breakers, it is essential that you contact a licensed electrician immediately.
- Safety Precautions
It is also recommended that you to replace the batteries in all the fire alarms in the house with new ones and test them all with your family members so that they can tell them apart. This may also be a good time to make a quick evacuation plan with your family since you may forget to do so later. Keeping several fire extinguisher at your new home can also be handy – just be sure you know where they are in case of an emergency.
- Inspect the Heating and Cooling Systems
Inspecting your heating and cooling system and pipes thoroughly may not be such a bad idea since it can be something that you may have missed during the previous inspection sessions. You should particularly look out for rust stains, corrosion, and leakage. And, if you do find something out of the ordinary, then you shouldn’t hesitate to call for professional help.
- Preparing for Children
Of course, you will need to be extra careful while performing home safety checks when you have small children. You will need to ensure that the cabinets have proper locks and latches on them. It is also advisable for you to install window guards on every window. Does the house have a cabinet where you store poisonous materials? Install a lock on the cabinet to prevent a curious child from getting hurt. Additionally, if your new home has a fenced backyard, take time to walk the perimeter of the yard to ensure that there are not any opportunities for kids (or pets) to get out of the safe area.
These are just a few new homeowner safety tips we recommend. If you are interested in purchasing a new home, or selling another, give Team Couch of Birch Realty Group a call today!