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4 things to do when moving into a new home

If you're a first time homeowner, or if you're about to be within the next couple of weeks, then there are a few things you will have to remember to do in the near future. 

Moving into your first home is a big step, one that comes with a number of responsibilities, and neglecting these can cause problems later on. While this is without a doubt an extremely exciting time in your life, don't forget about these tasks that you'll have to take care of just prior to or right after moving into your new house. For more information on the things you need to take care of before moving in – or at least immediately after – check out the four tips below:

1. Change the locks on your doors
There's always a chance when you move into a new home that someone, or a few people out there, have the keys to your house. Though this may sound a little creepy, it could be true, which is why it is always a good idea to change the locks, if you can, when you move into a new place. This will ensure that you and your family are the only people who have access to your home. And don't worry, installing new locks is pretty affordable, so you won't break the budget in doing so.

2. Make contact with the utilities companies
Gas, water and electric companies will all be awaiting their payments within at least a month after you move in, so it's be a good idea to make contact with these utilities suppliers as soon as you can. You're going to want to get necessary services set up as soon as possible, as well as cable, internet and telephone providers in addition to utilities. Make sure that you contact and set up payment with all of these services to make sure you're comfortable in your home as soon as possible. 

3. Kick out the critters 
If you have access to your new home before you actually begin moving in, it might be a good idea to try and get rid of any pests who may be trying to move in before you do. Try setting off a bug bomb, or have an exterminator come by to take care of any insect or rodent problems that your new home may have. It will be much easier to take care of this before you move all of your stuff in than after. 

4. Look around the circuit breaker and water valve
Knowing where the circuit breaker and water valve are located in your home is extremely important, so make sure these are two of the first things you look for upon moving into your new house. If you have to do any wiring work in your home down the line, you're going to need to turn the breaker off, or risk being executed. And if you're trying to avoid flooding during plumbing repairs, well you're going to need the water valve for that. Finding each of these is vital to your safety, and will prove extremely useful in the long run, so don't forget to look for these upon moving in. 

Moving into your first home is a big step, but don't let it distract you from taking care of the important tasks listed above. If you forget these, you may run into problems down the line, some of which may turn out to be costly. So remember the advice above when moving into any new home. 

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