You're Moved Into Your New Home! Now Make A List!

Real Estate Agent with Re/Max Realty Specialists Inc., Brokerage

Congratulations! You’ve purchased a new home and are all moved in! There’s been a lot to take care of, like emptying boxes, loading up cabinets and drawers, and maybe even painting and decorating, but here are a few around-the-house tasks you may not have thought of that need to get done.

The secret to a well maintained home is to start early. Now, don't get nervous, it's not all work, work, work. Doing your home maintenance bit by bit is a great way to accomplish it all, but over time so that there's plenty of room for relaxing too. Also, preventative maintenance now, will reduce the liklihood of unwlecome (many times costly) surprises down the road.

What to do when you first move in!

Change the locks, reprogram garage door opener codes, and check that all window locks operate properly. If there's a security system, learn how it operates and sign up for any maintenance or monitoring plans that that yours requires. At least re-key the locks for the all outside doors if changing the locks is not on your agenda. This should be planned prior to the day you get your keys so that you can feel truly safe in your new home!

Locate emergency shut offs. Know how to shut off the power, water, and gas in your home. If the cold weather is settling in, make sure your outside water taps are shut off and drained.

Have a "fix it" kit. Get a toolbox and stock it with all your frequently used home repair tools and supplies and a first aid kit.

Change the batteries in smoke alarms and CO monitors.

Check pilot lights - in your fireplace and/or gas stove.

A Few Days/Weeks Later:

Perform necessary seasonal maintenance. Do this when you have time.

Change filters in you furnace.

Address items that need attention that were mentioned in your home inpsection report. If something on this list can wait and do in time, then do so. Like I said earlier, it's not all 'work, work, work'.

Well, welcome to Home Ownership. Remember, keep up with little repairs and it won't be so daunting. Enjoy your home! Getting yourself settled will take a few months and don't be surprised if a year from now, you are still changing things around. There will come a day when you want to paint and put your finishing touches on your new home. ABSOLUTELY!!! If you need some help, I can arrange for a home stager to come in and talk to you about decorating and give you some ideas.
It's these little things that I will help you with that makes me stand out! I will keep in touch!

If you're a First Time Home Buyer, or a seasoned home owner, feel free to give me a call and let's chat. Call be directly at 416 427 1875. I have enough patience and passion in working with Clients in Real Estate to go around. I truly love what I do!

Betty Bartusevicius, Sales Representative
RE/MAX Realty Specialists Inc., Brokerage
905 828 3434
416 427 1875





Comments (13)

Ridhi Raheja
Movement Mortgage (Illinois) - Naperville, IL
FHA, 203k, VA, Jumbo, PreApproval, Jumbo Home Loan

This is a good list Betty! Whats on your list are among the very first things to be done when moving into a new house..


Dec 20, 2012 12:07 AM
Rosalind Nicholas
RE/MAX Condos Plus Corporation, Brokerage - Toronto, ON
Toronto Condo Real Estate Agent, Toronto ON

Lists are always useful in making sure, that the things that need to be done, get done …….

Dec 20, 2012 12:33 AM
Betty Bartusevicius
Re/Max Realty Specialists Inc., Brokerage - Mississauga, ON
Fine Homes In 905

Thank you, Ridhi.  Without a list things don't get done or put off from being done.  This is just a reminder list.

Dec 20, 2012 01:02 AM
Betty Bartusevicius
Re/Max Realty Specialists Inc., Brokerage - Mississauga, ON
Fine Homes In 905

Thank you, Rosalind.  You are so right!


Dec 20, 2012 01:03 AM
Joel Weihe
Realty World Alliance - Wichita, KS
Helping you to use your VA home loan benefits

No need to make a list now, you took care of it! Thanks!

Dec 20, 2012 04:55 AM

Thanks, Joel!  I'm sure you could add to it :)  What did I miss?


Dec 20, 2012 06:08 AM
Wayne Zuhl
Remax First Realty II - Cranford, NJ
The Last Name You'll Ever Need in Real Estate

Hi Betty  - this is a fantastic list for new homeowners to begin to learn to care for their homes!

Dec 20, 2012 06:41 AM
Evelyn Kennedy
Alain Pinel Realtors - Alameda, CA
Alameda, Real Estate, Alameda, CA


This is a good list for new home owners and people who have owned their homes for years.  All of the items on your list are necessary to maintain a home.

Dec 20, 2012 07:46 AM

Hi, Wayne and Jean marie...thank you for your response. Moving is stressful enough and for first-time homeowners they need guidance and that's why I do what I do :)

Dec 20, 2012 09:28 AM

Hi, Evelyn...thank you for your comment. :)

Dec 20, 2012 09:29 AM
Christine Donovan
Donovan Blatt Realty - Costa Mesa, CA
Broker/Attorney 714-319-9751 DRE01267479 - Costa M

Betty - A good list and recommendation.  Like Erica said above, why not upload a picture?  We'd love to get  to know your face.

Dec 20, 2012 02:30 PM
Jill Sackler
Charles Rutenberg Realty Inc. 516-575-7500 - Long Beach, NY
LI South Shore Real Estate - Broker Associate

This is a great list. Those first couple of weeks are a blur. I couldn't even find the dishes.

Dec 21, 2012 03:48 AM