What every New Homeowner should know? Few Essential Facts

Purchasing a house is one of the major and significant investments you will make in your life. Getting accustomed to your new home takes time. Setting up your home takes an even longer time. Each and every area of your home needs your undivided attention. Over and above you need to change your home address that will be your new billing address, set up new accounts, etc. With the initial excitement of moving into your new home, you also have to tirelessly work to make it livable. You need to be friends with every nook and corner of your new home. There are also certain other essential facts that you have to be aware of.

The main water shut off valve

It is very important for you to know where the main water shut off valve is located. In case of any broken plumbing line, water will gust out from the leakage/broken area and it will create a mess. The time that you will take to call a plumber and the plumber’s arrival, will leave you in water-filled areas. Also, there is no guarantee that the plumber will arrive. You have to act fast and turn off the main water control valve. The water control valve can be located in different locations for your different areas such as bathroom, kitchen, etc. The main valve can be located near the main storage tank on the terrace. Hence knowing the location of your main water control valve is an essential fact that every new homeowner must know.

Make your home Burglar-Proof

After moving into your new home, you have installed many appliances, electrical and electronic, and also many state of the art gadgets. Among many other things you also need to know how to burglar-proof your home. Nowadays theft, break-in, etc. can take place at any time. Know how to secure your windows with simple window locks, install CCTVs at strategic places, secure door hinges with tamper-proof pins, put windows and door alarms, etc. You can keep burglars at bay by using these simple and yet effective security ideas.

Label your electrical panel and know the electrical supply

It’s not that one of your family members has to be an electrical engineer. But for the safety and well-being of your family, there are certain essential things that you have to learn. If at any time you are required to turn off the power, it will be easy if the panel is clearly labeled because your panel board will not have one single MCB or switch, it will have multiple. So in case of emergency, before help arrives, you can simply switch off the main power supply as you have already labeled them with neat and clear handwriting. Also along the same lines, you need to know where the main supply box or DB (Distribution Box) is located. When the situation arrives, you cannot keep finding it. You must be aware of it as soon as you move into your new abode.

Your Shopping List

You are basking in the glory of your new home. You are buying something or the other every day. New vases, new dinner set, new bedsheets, utensils, stocking up on breakfast items such as cereals, grocery items such as rice, pulses, etc.; already an exhaustive shopping list right? There are certain other things that you need to stock up on. Like cleaning supplies for your rooms, bathrooms, and other places that must include dustpan, dishwashing bars, sponges, liquid disinfectant cleaners for your floor and commode, mopping materials, broom, etc. Other necessary items include flashlights/torches and batteries. To get accustomed to your new home is not a matter of joke and will not consume your precious few minutes. What if the light goes out the first night; you need to keep a torch at your bedside table if you have one or someplace easily accessible. Same with cleaning supplies; you just finished your lunch, but you are unable to clean the dirty utensils because as a new homeowner, your shopping priority list included decorative and beautification things but not the necessary items. So now you know what your shopping list should contain.

Do not ignore maintenance

It is so exciting to being a first-time homeowner. Getting swept up in all the excitement is a wonderful feeling, but some first-time homeowners lose their heads and make mistakes that can jeopardize everything they’ve worked so hard to earn. There are so many things to learn and know about the new homeowner. Spend some time every day researching and learning how to run a home, learn about your recurring costs, monthly payments, or any other crucial things. Maintenance is a very big issue. Maintenance of your home and all things related to your home. Here, I would suggest you to go for a home inspection because in that way you will be aware of things that need repair, things that need replacement, etc. Home Inspection will provide in-depth knowledge about the current condition of your home. So you can plan your expenses accordingly. From the home inspection report, you will be able to know the things that need maintenance for long and smooth running.

When we become a new homeowner, our main focus lies on making our home beautiful. Though that is absolutely not wrong, but as a new homeowner, you need to familiarize yourself with many minor and major things. Follow the above mentioned five points to manage your home. A healthy home will protect your family. Because always remember, owning a home comes with huge responsibilities.

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