Wednesday, September 26, 2018
By Betty Kingery
5 To-Do's For New Home Owners

Five To-Do’s for New Home Owners

# 1 New Locks

Security is the number one concern of most people in a new environment.  You can easily switch out your locks and deadbolts to your new home to protect your valuables and your family.  When it comes to exterior locks, make sure you choose something that looks timeless and can be cleaned easily.  A new security system is also a good idea.  

#2 New Toilet Seats

By removing your toilet seats, you will be able to really deep clean under the bolts and hinges where the ‘yucks’ like to hide.  After a thorough scrubbing, you can reinstall your existing seat or choose to shop for a new one.

#3 Change Your Air Filter

Changing an air filter is really a three minute task but it should be done immediately after moving into a new home.  Even if the previous owners swear the chore was just done, changing out a filter can help improve the performance of your air conditioning and furnace units and help with any allergies in the home.  This inexpensive fix can also save you money!  The US Department of Energy says that replacing your dirty air filter with a new one can lower your A/C’s energy consumption by 5-10%.  It’s a good idea to write directly on the filter when you put it in so that you can be sure to know how long it’s been since the last change.  

#4 Paint Your Front Door

Painting your front door  can show your new neighbors that you have arrived on the block and are investing in your home.  After you do proper prep work, make sure you pick an exterior grade paint and use a high quality bristle brush to give it multiple thin coats for the best coverage. Everyday you walk in through your newly made over door, you will feel welcomed to your new home and inspired to keep creating a space you love.

#5 Choose Your Signature Scent

Every house has a smell.  You know what I am talking about.  It’s that ‘other people’s smell’ that is definitely not your own particular brand of aroma.  Make your dream home even more dreamy by filling it with your signature scent.  Don’t have a signature scent?  Check out a candle store or the air freshener aisle to look at the options and then use your favorite regularly in your new home. 


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