Moving into a new home can feel overwhelming in many different ways—family upheaval, unpacking, making a house into a home, and more. It can be difficult to know where to start and which items on the to-do list need prioritizing, so we’ve compiled a list of 10 projects for you to tackle in your first month!
#1. Replace the air and furnace filters. – Ideally, basic air and furnace filters should be replaced every three months, and because you don’t know the last time the filters in your new house were replaced, it’s a good rule of thumb to replace them shortly after move-in day.
#2. Hang your window coverings. – When you’re organizing and designing your new home, choosing and hanging the correct window coverings is essential to tying a room together and securing privacy.
#3. Replace your smoke detectors—not just the batteries. A full smoke detector replacement is needed every ten years, and good place to start with your home repairs is to change all the smoke detectors in your new house.
#4. Change the locks on your home. – There’s no way of knowing how many people have copies of keys to your new house, so we recommend calling some home repair services to get your locks changed ASAP.
#5. Test your circuit breakers and make sure they are labeled accordingly. – While testing the circuit breakers was probably part of the inspection before you closed on your house, you’re going to want to test them again after you’ve moved in and use some masking tape to label the function of each switch.
#6. Install closet systems. – Before you unpack everything, it’s beneficial to call in home repair services to hang shelves to ensure you can make the most of your closet space.
#7. Check the insulation in your attic and add more if necessary. – Not much insulation? Not much efficiency for your furnace and central air unit. Enough said.
#8. Install ceiling fans in every room. – The airflow provided by overhead fans can make or break an electric bill, so installing ceiling fans is a must.
#9. Replace any old faucets and shower heads. – Start fresh with sparkling new faucets and showerheads free of corrosion, soap scum, and leaks.
#10. Update your cabinet hardware. – An alternative to completely replacing your kitchen cabinets is giving them some paint and a new set of hardware to make your home feel more like your home.
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