Ask Away...: The First 3 Things You Should Do After Moving Into A New Property

Monday, July 31, 2017

The First 3 Things You Should Do After Moving Into A New Property

There used to be a time when families would purchase a home and stay put for their entire lives. However, that situation has changed, and now most people like to move every couple of years. With that in mind, the information on this page should help all homeowners to ensure they leave no stone unturned. The three actions listed below are essential for people who are just moving into a new property. All parents and couples should ensure they complete these jobs first. Failure to do that could mean they encounter issues further down the line.

1 - Test the furnace/boiler

Many people choose to move house during the summertime. That means the weather is pleasant, and there isn’t much need to use the heating system. However, it’s sensible to test the furnace or boiler the moment couples move into a new property. That is because parts and repair costs will increase during the winter. So, it’s sensible to get everything working properly ahead of time. The last thing any homeowners want is to discover there is a problem when they need the heating system to work. Conventional furnace and boiler issues include:

  • Thermostat not working correctly
  • Boiler loses pressure
  • Clogged filters in the furnace
  • Pilot light problems

2 - Change the locks

There is no way of knowing who might have copies of the keys to the new property. The previous owners could have reproduced them many times for different family members. As most homeowners want to live without stress, it’s sensible to change the locks as soon as they move in. Regardless of the location, there is going to be a locksmith in the local area who can perform the job. People with some basic DIY skills could undertake the task without specialist assistance. They just need to buy the right products and then use online guides to work out the best process. With a bit of luck, that should help to ensure only the current owners can get inside the home.  


We all know how children are often sensitive to germs and bacteria. They can cause infections or worsen the symptoms of allergies. As homeowners won’t know much about the previous occupants, it’s sensible to clean everything. That includes areas like:

  • Walls
  • Floors
  • Skirting boards
  • Stair rails

Just use antibacterial products on every surface people might place their hands. Hopefully, that should reduce the chances of anyone becoming ill. It’s important to follow that step, regardless of how clean the property might appear. Germs aren’t visible to the human eye, and so there is no way of knowing if there is anything dangerous around.

If homeowners manage to complete those three simple tasks, they can begin to focus on settling into the property. Don’t make the mistake of unpacking anything until those issues are resolved. It’s sensible to call a locksmith ahead of time so they can turn up on moving day. If nothing else, new locks will make the family feel safer in their beds at night. So will cleaning the entire home from top to bottom. Good luck!

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