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- Walk-Through – First and foremost, you will complete the walk-through on the very first day of owning your home. It is during this time that you will ensure that the home has everything you were promised during negotiation and no new damage is found on the property. You can also take this time to ask your REALTOR® any last-minute questions.
- Change All Locks – Most homebuyers will change the locks as soon as they take possession of a home because there is no guarantee that more original keys are not in circulation. While you are at it, you can install a keyless entry for added convenience. Or you can call a security company to review other home security options such as alarms and video surveillance.
- Update Your Information – You should have already updated the appropriate entities for heat, water, and power by the time you take possession of the home. Swing by a local insurance company and update the address on your Driver’s License, among your other major ID suppliers. Do not forget to redirect your mail too! Canada Post offers some impromptu options for that at https://www.canadapost.ca/cpc/en/personal/receiving/manage-mail/mail-forwarding.page
- Check Electrical Outlets – Most home inspectors will check this, but if you did not get a home inspection you will want to make sure all electrical outlets are grounded. Grounded electrical outlets will prevent painful electrocution or even death if you were to somehow drop a hairdryer into your bathtub. You can either call an electrician to check this for you or you can go to your local hardware store for an Electrical Test Kit. The big box stores sell them for around $30 as shown here https://www.homedepot.ca/product/klein-tools-electrical-test-kit/1001411954.
- Verify Air Quality – Make sure you have smoke detectors on every floor of your home and that the batteries are all functioning. You will also want to verify the presence of carbon monoxide detectors throughout and test their functionality as well. Lastly, and often overlooked, take the time to pick up a radon test. It is estimated that radon kills around 3,000 Canadians a year. Radon test kits are typically user friendly and about $50 to purchase at https://radonkit.ca/.
- Furnace Health – If a major season change just took place, you will want to book a duct cleaning. The furnace can be serviced at this time as well. It typically costs a few hundred dollars but will substantially add to the lifespan of your furnace. Look at the furnace filter too and pick up a few of those as you will want to replace them every three months, give or take, depending on the amount of people and pets in your home.
- Emergency Contacts – You are now in charge of an entire house so that means you need to know who to call in case of an emergency. Local plumbers, electricians, emergency restoration services, the fire department, etc. should all be in an easy-to-find location.
- Emergency Kit – In case of natural disasters, or even just a power outage, you will want to ensure your family is safe and comfortable. Create your own emergency kit with items like the following: flashlights, fire distinguisher, portable heater, cash, water and non-perishable food. https://www.businessinsider.com/home-emergency-kit-products#:~:text=15%20items%20everyone%20should%20have%20in%20their%20at-home,roll%20of%20heavy-duty%20duct%20tape.%20More%20items...%20
- Inspect Your Homes Exterior – Especially with the extreme seasons Canada has, the inspection could potentially save money and problems in the future. Look at the condition of the shingles, the cleanliness of the gutters, the quality of the windows, and any abnormal holes in the house. A proper inspection can save you money on heating in the winter, while proper shingles and clean gutters will prevent water damage in the spring. Take care of those pesky holes too which allow for pesky pests in the house!
- Create A Tradition – Many people create “New Home Traditions” and it adds to the special experience of really making the house your own. Whether it is hosting a housewarming party or everyone in the family choosing a paint color for their room, the comfort level in the home increases. Often if the property is extremely old, the homeowners will also take the time to burn sage in the home, have a pastor visit to pray over the home, or have an energy clearing of the home. The first year in your new home can be overwhelming so your new home tradition something meaningful and ceremonial. For example: http://www.housewarmingblessing.com/celebrities-smudge-with-sage/