Have you recently purchased a home in the Dayton, Ohio area? Congratulations! Buying a new home is both exciting and stressful as tasks and projects tend to build up. That’s why our team at Allied Services, Inc. has put together this checklist of things to do during those first few days in your new home.
1. Get To Know Your HVAC System
Before you signed on the dotted line, you should have had a home inspection done, so your HVAC system should be in good working order. However, as it is now your responsibility, you should take the time to familiarize yourself with it. Check the manuals to find out the age of your system, and contact a professional to set up a recurring service plan. It’s also a good idea to learn what type of filter you’ll need, as well as the shut-off locations for gas and water. Finally, test out your thermostat and make sure you understand how to adjust the temperature in your new home.
2. Change Your Locks
We also recommend changing your locks when you move in, for safety purposes. Even though the previous owners should have given you their keys to the house, you never know if there are copies floating around out there. It’s always best to be in control of who has access to your home. It’s a simple project you can complete yourself, or hire a local locksmith to install new locks.
3. Test Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Detectors
Smoke and carbon monoxide detectors are crucial to the health and safety of your family. Carbon monoxide is a poisonous gas that is colorless, odorless, and deadly. In the event of a carbon monoxide leak, it is critical that you are alerted to the problem and get to fresh air right away. Additionally, in the event of a fire, your smoke detectors can save your life and get the fire put out faster to minimize damage to your home and possessions.
At Allied Services, Inc. we hope this new home checklist is beneficial to you and your family. For assistance with your new HVAC system or to set up a recurring maintenance plan, contact us today at (937) 269-5059.