Buying a home is obviously a BIG investment.  There are factors you've been considering for months: location, amenities, neighbors, schools, and more.  Once the papers have been signed, it's easy to relax and forget key chores every Home Buyer should do once they move into their new home.  But don't worry, here is a list of 8 important things you don't want to forget:  

1. Change the Locks

You really don't know who else has keys to your place...when it comes to security, it’s always a good idea to make sure you’re the only one with keys, so get new locks! This is done by either re-keying or buying an entirely new lock set.  You can replace deadbolts yourself for around ten dollars.  Another option, becoming popular these days, is digital locks.  These open with a code and work with your home automation system.  With these you can live "Key-Free" and lock & unlock your doors remotely.

2. Check for Leaks

You've probably had a home inspection done before you bought the property, however, even if this report came back clean, there's no harm in double checking.  The risk can be too great, especially here in Florida where we can get some pretty heavy storms.  One way Floridans are combatting these water issues is with a set of sensors linked to their smart home system.  These sensors give you real time information for, if and when a water leak develops.  This way you can be absolutely sure there are no leaks, and if one occurs, you can handle it right away before it does too much damage.   

*TIP: Here’s a neat trick: Check your water meter at the beginning and end of a two-hour window in which no water is being used in your house. If the reading is different, you have a leak.

3. Kick out the pests

Pests are tricky.  You may not even know you have a pest problem. The previous homeowners may not have known they even had a pest or rodent problem. There are a number of ways to get rid of these critters, some are easier than others. You can try to tackle the problem yourself by going to a DIY Home Store and buying all the necessary "tools" or you can hire someone.  The easiest way is to hire a professional, which will run you $100-$300, and there is a way to ensure these professionals don't miss anything.  Similarly to the water sensors, you can place motion sensors where suspected pests are, which will then alert your mobile device when motion is detected.  Now you know exactly where these pests have been hiding and can call a pest control company and point them right to where the problem exists.  

4. Inspect your Furnace / AC Equipment

Get familiar with your new HVAC system as soon as possible. Make sure the home inspector takes a close look at the duct work around your furnace for broken or torn ducts and excessive taping.  Also, stand near the furnace while it’s running, the air should move through the system not into the room.  Digital thermostats can also be a great investment. Especially ones you can control with your smart phone or tablet. They allow for great flexibility whether you're in your home or on the go.  They give you the ability to set your temperatures remotely... say if you're on vacation and you find out it's a super hot day back home, you're able to remotely adjust your home's temp to account for the surge in temperatures outside.

5. Update your Lighting

Everyone has their own unique light preferences.  I like being able to change the brightness of lights in a particular room, so I like the dimmable ones. Once you've lived in the house for a couple weeks, you start to get a feel for your light preferences in this particular space. Make it YOUR home.  And yes, you guessed it, you can also set these up digitally and control them from your phone! 

6. Get to know your Circuit Breaker 

It's always a good idea to figure out what fuses control what room and then label them accordingly.  It will take two people: One to flip the switch and and yell "How about now?" and the other to stand in the different rooms and yell back "yeah, that one!" All kidding aside, it's important to figure out your circuit breakers BEFORE something happens and you need to know exactly where they are, and how to use them. If you need some help after you've purchased your home, your local hardware store is always a good source of information.

7. Get to know the Main Water Valve 

Especially important for Florida residents.  You want to make sure you can turn this valve off in case of an emergency;  like a severe tropical storm or plumbing emergency.  Another smart idea is to turn this valve off when you leave town.  It could be outside or inside the home; find it and make sure you know how to turn it off/on.  Then test it by going inside and turning on the faucet.  

8. Steam Clean your Carpets

If you really want to get off to a fresh start, steam clean your carpets before you move in any furniture. You can hire a professional for around $50. a room or you can rent a steam cleaners and do it yourself.  Either way, you won't regret it...nothing feels as good as a great, clean carpet below your feet!

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