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6 Things Everyone Should Do When Moving Into Your New Joint Base Charleston Home

February 5th, 2016 2:18 PM by Jodie Ford

6 Things Everyone Should Do When Moving Into Your New Joint Base Charleston Home

Moving into your first home is exciting! But it also means you’ve got work to do.

 1. Change the locks. You really don’t know who else has keys to your home, so change the locks. That ensures you’re the only person who has access. Install new deadbolts yourself for as little as $10 per lock, or call a locksmith.

2. Check for plumbing leaks. Your home inspector will do this for you before closing, but it never hurts to double-check. Keep an eye out for dripping faucets and running toilets, and check your water heater for signs of a leak

3. Steam clean carpets. Do this before you move your furniture in, and your new home life will be off to a fresh start.

4. Wipe out your cabinets. Make sure to wipe inside and out, preferably with a non-toxic cleaner, and replace contact paper if necessary. 

5. Inspect for Uninvited Guests. Your home inspector will include any comments about potential rodent problems.  If there is any evidence of rodents, be sure we to take care of the problem before it turns into a major issue.

6. Introduce yourself to your circuit breaker box and main water valve.  It’s a good idea to figure out which fuses control what parts of your house and label them accordingly.  You’ll want to know how to turn off your main water valve if you have a plumbing emergency, if a 
hurricane or 
tornado is headed your way, or if you’re going out of town. Just locate the valve — it could be inside or outside your house — and turn the knob until it’s off. Test it by turning on any faucet in the house; no water should come out.


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