After researching and exploring potential options, you've finally closed on your new home. Before you sit back and enjoy your new space, our real estate agents recommend that you do a few things to lower your expenses and protect your property. Here are some tasks to add to your to-do list.
- Check Your Insulation
If your new home has an attic, give it a quick inspection to ensure that it has ample insulation. There should be at least six inches of insulation, and it should be located between your attic's beams. Low levels of insulation can increase your home's heating and cooling costs and stress your heating and cooling system.
- Deep Clean Your New Home
Before you start unpacking and setting up furniture, give your new home a thorough scrub. It's much easier (and quicker) to clean an empty home. Start at the ceiling in each room and work your way to the floors. Vacuum dust and dirt away before wiping down surfaces and walls.
- Change Your Locks and Security Codes
Keep your new home secure by changing any security codes that provide access to your home (such as gate, garage, or monitoring codes) and your locks. If your home's locks are in good shape and you like their style, a cheaper option is to rekey them. Rekeying changes the pins in the existing lock so that it requires a different key.
- Examine Your Hot Water Heater
See that your showers and baths in your new home are comfortably warm without wasting money and energy on water heating by checking that your hot water heater's temperature is set to 120 degrees F. If your hot water heater is older and lacks insulation, add a water heater blanket to lower its energy use.
- Change the Air Filter
A dirty air filter means that your home's heating and cooling system has to work harder than necessary to maintain a comfortable interior temperature. Plan on changing your air filter approximately every 2 to 3 months. How often your filter requires changing depends on the type of filter you use, the air quality near your home, the number of pets in your home, and whether you have allergies.
- Test Your Fire and Carbon Monoxide Detectors
Make sure that your family is protected by testing your fire and carbon monoxide detectors. Plan on testing your detectors once a month and changing the batteries once or twice a year. If your home is lacking detectors, now is the perfect time to install them.
- Clean Your Dryer
Not only is a dirty dryer vent a fire hazard, but it taxes your dryer and lengthens the time it takes for a load of clothes to dry. Use a shop vac or suitable vent cleaning tool to remove lint and hair from both your dryer's vent and the vent that connects to the dryer.
- Prioritize the Items on Your Home Inspection
When considering different Wichita homes for sale, you'll need to obtain a home inspection to learn more about potential properties. Once you've closed on your selected home, go over the home inspection and decide which items you want to complete as soon as possible and which tasks can wait. Prioritize any tasks that are a potential safety hazard or that impact your home expenses.
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