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4 Safety Improvements to Make When Settled Into Your Home

Preparing to move into your new place? When you move in, there are some significant home improvement things you’ll would like to look into. We completely get that home improvement is probably the last subject your thinking about while you’re settling in, but believe us. You’ll probably regret not handling these few upgrades while your home is in it’s finest state. Some of these improvements are just simpler to do before your furnishings are all set up, whereas other items are necessary for your safety.

Get New Lock Sets As Soon As Possible

Change the outside door locks. Just purchase and installing new lock sets or have a locksmith come to the property and swap them out as soon as the closing is done and you have the keys to your home. Let’s admit it, former tenants, Real estate agents, maintenance people, and who knows who else will possibly have keys to your old locks. Have new locks built instantly for some peace of mind and as a key step in calling this home yours.

Double Check All Smoke Alarms and Carbon Monoxide Detectors

Ensure all the smoke and carbon monoxide sensors in the house are in perfect working order to help ensure that your loved ones are safe and secure in their new residence. Installing new batteries or substituting whole units are essential to this safety precaution. It’s smart to put smoke detectors in halls leading to the rooms. Fires are most probable to begin in your kitchen or washroom, so putting smoke alarms there is a wise idea. If you reside in a multi-floor home, ensure that each floor has at least one smoke alarm.

Make A Schedule Of Forgettable Maintenance Task

Thinking about maintaining your new residence more as a marathon instead of a sprint is smart. Instead of constantly having to tackle all maintenance work, acknowledge the issues that need to be accomplished over time. This can include removing air filters, clearing  the gutters, cleaning the floors and power washing the outside of the home quarterly. You will also want to check with the previous owner about the current roof. If you will need to replace some or all of it, get the right type of roofing materials for protection.

Want to know: produce a list of house maintenance that is appropriate for your home. Every year, budget for these tasks and unforeseen repairs. The basic rule of thumb is to save each year for repairs at least 1 percent of the home’s purchase price. You can want to get the professionals to do some of these activities, which is also a variable in your budget.

Childproofing Is Wise

If you happen to have young children, take some time out start childproofing your new home immediately. Unexpected accidents are, indeed, the main cause of death in kids aged 14 and younger, and more than one-third of these occurrences take place at home.

With small children, the addition of security gates at the tops and bottoms of all stairs should be a must. Choose a gate design that requires to be fitted with nails or screws to a wall or banister, instead of one that fits with  just tension that children can possibly push out of place.

If you’ve just purchased a house, we’re in order to congratulate you. You may think it’s time to relax, relax and enjoy your new house once you’ve finished moving in. But don’t become too complacent. Moving into a new home requires you’ll have to take certain drastic action to make sure you’re going to be a happy homeowner now and in the coming years. When you buy that house, These are some of the first things you want to do before settling in.

Tim Esterdahl

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