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How to Prepare Your New Home for a Lifetime of Use

By Guest Author | March 5, 2015

When you're about to move into a new home for the first time, it is one of the most exciting moments in your lifetime. With all of the excitement of moving into your new home, it is easy to overlook some of the important details you need to take care of in order to prepare your home for a lifetime of use. If you are about to move into a new home, follow these tips to prepare your home for the wear and tear that it will get as your family uses it over the course of a lifetime.


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1. Clean It Thoroughly

Whether you are moving into a brand-new home or one that was lived in previously, you need to take the time to clean it thoroughly before you move in. Even if it is a brand-new home, there will most likely be construction dust and other debris that needs to be cleaned. You will never have another chance to get your home as clean as right before you first move into it. Take advantage of having the house completely empty to clean it thoroughly.

2. Buy Homeowners Insurance

One of the most crucial things you need to do before you move into your new home is to buy a homeowners insurance policy. Buying a new home is a significant investment, and you need to do everything possible to protect your investment. When you buy your homeowners insurance, make sure you take the time to get look over the policy carefully before you buy it. Not all policies offer equal coverage, and some don’t cover certain disasters like floods and hurricanes. You need to make sure that the policy covers everything that you think is important.

3. Get a Warranty

Most homeowners take the step of covering themselves with homeowners insurance, but far fewer are wise enough to get a home warranty. A warranty for your home will cover you in case one of the major systems or appliances in your new home breaks down. A warranty gives you protection that covers many of the areas that homeowners insurance fails to protect you. This can save you thousands or even tens of thousands of dollars in repair costs if one of the major systems in your home breaks down.

4. Set up Safety Features

If your new home does not already have carbon monoxide detectors and smoke alarms installed, make sure that you install these safety devices on every floor of your home. You also should make sure to place fire extinguishers in key spots around your new home. It is especially important to have them placed in your kitchen and next to your circuit breaker.

5. Prepare a First-Aid Kit

You should make sure to place a first-aid kit in an area of your home that is easy to access. You can bet that it will come in handy over the course of a lifetime in your new home. When you use this first-aid kit, make sure that you replenish the supplies that are used.

6. Make Emergency Plans

Everyone who lives in your new home should know the plans you have in place for emergencies. This includes how to exit in case of afire, what to do in case of an intruder and where to go during severe weather.

7. Update Your Doors

Since it is a new home, the likelihood of your doors being modern is high, but the style of the door might be something to consider as well. Good old swinging doors are fine, but sliding door hardware has become quite popular, and you might consider one to cut down on wear and tear.

Your new home will be put through a lifetime of hard use. You need to do everything possible to get it ready before you move in. When you follow these six steps, your home will be well prepared to handle any situation that comes your way.

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