6 Things To Think About When Moving Into Your New Home

Buying a home is a big investment, and moving is a painful process. You have lots of factors to consider: location, amenities, neighbors and schools, to name a few. Once the mortgage papers are signed and the keys are in hand, it’s easy to lose sight of the fact that even immaculate resale houses may come with a long list of things to do before the property really feels like home. Here are six tasks to consider once you’ve purchased your home, along with ways that smart home technology can help make them even easier to complete.

Change the Door Locks.

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When it comes to securing your new property, it’s always a good idea to get new hardware and make sure you’re the only one holding the keys. You could rekey the locks or get a new lock set. Or, you could opt for digital locks, which open with a unique code and are tied directly to your home automation system. You get the ease of lock codes over keys, plus the ability to remotely lock or unlock your doors.

Install a Water leak detector.

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As a responsible homeowner, you likely had a home inspection done before you bought your property. Even if everything came back clean, the risk that water leaks pose to your home is still a concern. With a set of water sensors linked to your smart home system, you’ll get real-time information if a water leak develops. Maybe it’s a pipe that bursts while you’re away from home or a hard to detect leak under your sink. With water sensors installed, you’ll be notified if any problems arise.

Pick out the Pests!

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If you have a pest problem, sometimes the trickiest part of getting it under control is discovering it in the first place. The previous homeowners may not have known about the issue, or maybe they simply forgot about the “friendly” raccoon or other pest that likes to share your space. To address a potential outdoor pest problem, start with night-vision-equipped video cameras that are wired to detect motion. With home automation, you can check in day or night to see if any creatures are stirring. If you suspect mice are getting in to certain areas, place smart home sensors near those spaces, and set up an alert to be sent to your mobile device when motion is detected. Armed with the knowledge of where the vermin are lurking, you can call a pest control company and lead the staff right to the source of the problem. Not to mention, this solution is far more pleasant than waking up to a mouse caught in a mousetrap.

Inspect your Furnace and A/C.

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New homeowners should become familiar with their new HVAC system as soon as possible. A home inspector should take a close look at the duct work around your furnace for broken or torn ducts and excessive taping or patching. Also, spend some time near the furnace while it’s running — air should be moving through the system, not out into the room. You can also tie your furnace and AC unit into a digital thermostat that you can control with your smartphone or tablet. This lets you set the temperature when you’re away and also check in (like on extremely hot or cold days) to make sure these units are keeping your home at the temperature you’ve set.

Update your Lighting.

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Some homeowners prefer bright lights in every room, while others opt for minimal lighting and low-watt bulbs. Once you’ve lived in the house for a few weeks, you’ll get a sense of any areas where you want more or less light. To make lighting your home even easier, automate your lights using smart plugs, which will allow you to turn your lights on and off directly from your phone.

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How To Redecorate Without Breaking the Bank

New Year, New Home! Today, we’re letting you know the best ways to redecorate your home on a low budget. People tend to think it costs so much to make a big impact, but little changes can make a large impact too! Let us show you how…

Paint

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It’s commonly know that paint is the cheapest way to make a big impact. We could write this post without at least mentioning it! Make sure when you’re picking a new color it still has the same cool or warm tones to make sure it still flows and complements your existing furniture and decor.

Lighting

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Redecorate with different lighting! If you choose a lighting option with a different interior design style, it can completely change the vibe of the room. Remember to aim for the same sizing though. If the existing furniture works well with a small chandelier, it will probably look too crowded with a large one. If the furniture goes well with a large light fixture, there will probably be too much room between the top of the furniture and the bottom of the light if it’s too small. A medium-sized lighting option is typically a pretty solid bet when it comes to working well with the rest of the room.

Ceiling Design

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Don’t forget about your “fifth wall” above you! Use your ceiling to get really creative and give your room a whole new look. You can paint it, add a pattern, add some paneling, or add wooden beams. It’s all up to you! To help you with deciding, we have a whole post about ceiling options here.

Thrifting

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Go thrift shopping! You’d be shocked at the items you can find at thrift stores, it’s shocking! You might have to spend some time sifting through everything, but it’s well worth it. You can redecorate so easily with a bunch of new decor that all cost just a couple dollars.

If you need anymore ideas, feel free to ask in the comments below! Have fun forming each room into a new and refreshed space!

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