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Your New Homeowner Checklist

Whether you’re building a new home or buying one that needs some remodeling like replacement home windows, your home purchase is one of the most serious investments you will make in your lifetime. It only makes sense that you do everything you can to secure your investment and get the most out of your home.

One of the simplest things you can do to make sure you will love your home for years to come is to create a list of important information, tasks, and contacts that you can refer to regularly for emergencies, repairs, or general maintenance. American Exteriors shares the following sample checklist for new homeowners.

1. Take an inventory of your new home. When you move into your new home, make a list of everything in it, organized by room. This will give you an idea of the value of your property and belongings for insurance purposes in case something happens. Once you’ve created the list, make sure it’s kept in a safe place and updated when necessary.

2. Gather important home documents. This includes any deeds, mortgage paperwork, receipts for any repairs or remodeling, and homeowner’s insurance documents. Put everything together so that it’s easily accessible.

3. Contact local utilities.Confirm that water and sewage, cable, phone, gas, and electric services will be turned on before move-in.

4. Create a first-aid kit. In addition to bandages, headache medicine, and gauze, this should include the names, addresses, and phone numbers of doctors, urgent care facilities, and hospitals in the area. Also include evacuation and emergency plans for your family and the phone numbers of close friends and relatives to contact should in the case of an emergency.

5. Look around your new home for areas of improvement.You’ll have an inspection completed before you purchase the house, but it’s a good idea to inspect your home again yourself, noting areas that may need your attention now or in the future. Learn where circuit breakers and fire extinguishers are. Inspect appliances, windows, bathroom and kitchen plumbing, irrigation, floors, and air conditioning. Also, add smoke and carbon monoxide alarms where needed.

6. Locate service providers in your area. Keep a list of nearby plumbers, home window repair companies, air conditioning maintenance companies, landscapers, and electricians that you can call whether you need a repair or just routine maintenance.

7. Keep a home tool kit handy.Whether you’re a home repair expert or novice, keeping a tool box somewhere in the home is a great idea. Include at least a hammer, nails, screws, a screwdriver with multiple bits, picture hanging materials, a tape measure, and a flashlight.

8. Organize your home.Make sure that everything you unpack has a storage location that makes sense based on the layout of your home and the frequency of use. Create your own organization system in cabinets, closets, and common rooms.

9. Handle repairs and remodels as the need arises.Identifying items that need repair immediately will ensure that you keep your home in top shape. Taking care of and keeping track of issues when they come up will also help you stay within a reasonable budget for upkeep.

10. Have a plan for inclement weather. Keep a separate kit for weather emergencies. It should include a weather radio, drinkable water, flashlights, candles, matches, batteries, non-perishables, medications, clothes and bedding, maps of the area, and emergency shelter information. Make sure everyone in your household knows where to find the kit.

As a new homeowner, knowing what tasks need your attention will help smooth the process of settling in and will go a long way toward making your new place feel like home. American Exteriors has more information and discussions for homeowners on our Facebook page.