Helena Talbot’s blog – The First Things You Should Do When Moving Into A New Home

Moving into your new home is a very exciting time. There are so many things to do and so much to remember. Sometimes we don’t stop to think about what priorities should be put first.

Here are a few things you need to add to your what to do first list once you move into your new home.

1. The very first thing you need to do is to change your locks. All of the locks not just the doors. You need to remember to change the locks on all other areas such as an exterior storage door or shed.

2. Change the code to the garage door opener and the garage door keypad if you have one.

3. Change the alarm code to the house.

4. Check all of the plumbing for leaks. Check under the sinks, check for dripping faucets, check for running toilets and check the water heater. A good way to test your home for leaks is to do the following: turn all water sources off, then read the water meter, wait for two hours – don’t turn any water on during those two hours, then read the water meter again. If you have different numbers, then you have a leak and will need to call a plumber unless you have to skills to fix it yourself.

5. Have your carpets cleaned before you move in. Make sure you allow enough time for them to dry.

6. Clean your cabinets inside and out. You never know what has been crawling around in there.

7. Have a pest control company inspect and treat your home. You probably had your house checked for termites as part of the home inspection. But you need to have it inspected and treated for other pests as well.

8. Find the breaker box and learn what breakers go where. And if the breakers are not marked, you will need to label them appropriately. Additionally, teach your entire family how to use it and show them how to turn off the main breaker in case of a fire or any other type of emergency.

9. Locate your water meter. Show your entire family where it is and how to turn off the water, not only at the main, but throughout the individual areas of your house as well in case of a plumbing emergency. In addition, if you are going out of town or if you need to evacuate due to inclement weather, you will need to remember to turn off the water and the electricity to your home before you leave.

These are just a few things you should do as soon as you move into your home. But take a look around, there are probably some other things that are equally as important.

I hope you have found this information helpful. If you are thinking about buying or selling a home, call your realtor and ask them for a list of available homes in your area. Your realtor would be more than happy to help you in any way they can.

I specialize in helping buyers and sellers invest in real estate in Loudoun County and Northern Virginia.

I have over 25 years experience in the real estate industry.  As a Broker/Owner with Exit Realty Talbot and Company, I bring special tools and solutions that enable me to exceed the expectations of my clientele.  If you are considering listing your property in Loudoun County or the nearby areas, ask me about our latest internet marketing systems.  I would appreciate the opportunity to earn your business.  I am experienced in listing and selling short sales.  For information on the short sale process, please visit  www.LoudounShortSaleSolutions.com.

For a free market analysis on the value of your home, please visit http://www.LoudounHomeValues.com

My past awards and designations include – 2003 President of the Dulles Association of Realtors, 2003 Dulles Area Assoc Realtor of the Year, Salesperson of the year 2000 Dulles Area Assoc of Realtors,  Top Producer awards from both the Dulles Area Association and the Northern Virginia Association of Realtors.  I am a member of the Top 5 in Real Estate Network.

I have lived in Loudoun County since 1979.  I am married with two grown children and two grandchildren.  My son in law is my business partner in real estate.  I love to jog in the mornings and spend time relaxing on my Trawler during the summer months.

Loudoun County and Northern Virginia Real Estate Sales and Solutions – Helena Talbot, Broker. I specialize in helping buyers and sellers invest in real estate in the Northern Virginia area to include Loudoun County and surrounding areas including Fairfax, Clarke, Fauquier, Prince William  Counties.  Our local neighborhoods includeLeesburgAshburn, Sterling, Potomac Falls, Brambleton, Broadlands, Lansdowne, River Creek, Belmont Country Club, Beacon Hill, Shenstone, Waterford, Lovettsville, Purcellville, Hamilton, Round Hill and Bluemont.                        Cell 703.727.9885    Office 703.574.3800

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