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Get to Know These Seven Things in Your New Home
You've already accomplished the big hurdles of moving out of your old place and into your new home, so give yourself a pat on the back! Now it's time to get familiar with the ins and outs of your new place so you can start making new memories. Here are seven things you should become familiar with quickly.
1. Circuit breaker. Don't wait until there's a problem to know where this is located. Find it and check out the switches to make sure each one is labeled correctly.
2. Water main. Again, don't wait until there is a problem to know where this is. Study it and make sure you know how to turn it off and on.
3. Locks. If you're not buying new, you have no idea who has access to keys that fit your locks, so change these out quickly and make copies of your new keys.
4. Alarms. Perform a test on each smoke alarm, and change out the batteries if needed. If applicable, become familiar with your burglar alarm. The servicing company should be able to help you and you can probably find a user manual online if one was not left in the home.
5. Utilities. Contact each one to make sure you are familiar with their pay schedules and to make sure they have all of your correct information. Most utility companies will allow you to set up services online and you can ask for a specific date for making your payments each month.
6. HOA. If you have moved into a neighborhood with an HOA, make sure you have a list of their bylaws and take time to become familiar with them before you make any changes to your home. If you're new to the concept of an HOA, read my two-part series about them here and here.
7. Neighbors. The people who live around you can be an excellent resource for information about your home, neighborhood, and the surrounding area. They can also direct you to the best restaurants, grocery stores, and other retail in the area.
If a Welcome Wagon services your new neighborhood, take advantage of the coupons and other great information included so you can find the services you need. Did you know that the original Welcome Wagon was founded by a Tennessean in 1928? Tennessee has always been a welcoming place, and Nashville was just named the #1 friendliest city in America by Travel + Leisure Magazine!