5 Considerations When Moving Into Your New Home

Buying a home is a big investment. You have many factors to consider when moving: location, amenities, neighbors and schools, just to name a few. Once the 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 laundry list of things to do while moving before the property really feels like home. Here are five tasks to consider once you’ve purchased your home and are moving in, 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. 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 present 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 (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 Create A Beautiful Master Bedroom

It’s time to talk master bedrooms. The master can sometimes be a crazy place with kids diving off the bed and babies playing with jewelry boxes, but it should also be a romantic retreat. This is supposed to be your sanctuary! If your master bedroom is currently infested with tiny people and little sticky fingerprints, it’s time to clean up a bit! You probably used to have a pretty sweet space before they came along, and we’d like to help you bring it back.

Today we have a few tips to help you create a beautiful and romantic master bedroom!

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First, you should layer your bed with texture and pattern. Make it captivating and lovely by combining unusual textures and prints. Just make sure you only use a maximum of three prints. As much as we love prints, don’t get carried away!

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Next, use statement lighting! If you are going to do it, you might as well do it BIG! An interesting light fixture can set the tone for the whole room and really make it special. Make a statement! Do an awesome DIY project on a thrifted piece, build it yourself, or splurge. Just make sure it’s a piece you love.

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It’s always a good idea to add extra seating to your bedroom space. Whether you add a long bench to the foot of your bed or put a couple chairs by the window! You can use the chairs to sit and read next to the warm sunlight shining through the window. Then, you can always use the bench to put on your shoes! The bench can also be a place for the kids to sit when in the room whenever you don’t want them on the bed. The master bedroom is way too spacious not to have extra seating!

Make sure there are romantic accents and sentimental items in the room. The master is the room for love. Make sure you love it!

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