Chesapeake Homes 10 Tips for Moving Into Your New Home

10 Tips for Moving Into Your New Home

Moving into a new construction home is an exciting and fulfilling experience. However, amidst the joy of settling into your new abode, it's important not to overlook some essential tasks that can save you time, money, and headaches in the long run. To help you make a smooth transition into your new home, we've compiled a list of 10 things you should do when moving into a new construction home. Let's dive in! 

1. Register your home warranty and sign up for all warranty items

One of the first things you should do is identify where you will submit your warranty requests and notate the dates in which your warranty items will be due. For our homes, you can submit it here. Our Warranty Manager will send you the dates in which your items are due to your email after you close on your home. This will ensure that when the time comes to submit any warrantable items, you do so on time and following the correct process. Be sure to keep a list of any items that you may want to submit so that you can easily handle that by your dates. Also, take time to complete the necessary manufacturer warranty registrations for your appliances. This information is provided on the manufacturer info cards left by your builders. 

2. Note all the paint used and in which rooms for future painting tough-ups

To keep your home looking fresh and well-maintained, make a note of the paint colors used in each room. Keep a record of the paint brand, color name, and finish. This will come in handy when you need to do touch-ups or repaint in the future. 

3. Update your address and notify important parties

Notify the necessary parties of your change of address. Update your address with the post office, your bank credit card companies, subscriptions, and any other essential institutions or services. This ensures that important mail and correspondence are forwarded to your new home. 

4. Prep shower before first use

Before you take your first shower in your new home, it's essential to seal the grout in your shower. Applying a grout sealer helps protect against water damage and staining. Follow the manufacturer's instructions for application and maintenance to ensure a long-lasting seal. To prevent water spots and soap scum buildup on your shower doors, apply Rain-X®  or a similar product before using the shower for the first time. This creates a protective barrier that makes cleaning easier and keeps your shower doors looking crystal clear.

5. Ensure vacuum beater bar is high enough for your carpet pile to avoid carpet burn

If your new home has carpeted floors, take a moment to adjust the height of your vacuum cleaner's beater bar. Setting it too low can cause excessive wear and even damage to the carpet fibers. Adjust it to a height that allows the vacuum to glide smoothly over the carpet without causing carpet burn. 

6. Water your sod

If your new construction home has a newly installed lawn, it's important to water the sod properly to establish healthy grass. Follow the recommended watering schedule provided by the builder or landscaper to ensure proper growth and avoid drying out or damaging the new turf. 

7. Transfer utilities to your name

Contact the utility company to transfer all the necessary utilities (electricity, gas, water, internet, etc.) into your name within 3 days of moving in. This ensures that you have uninterrupted service and prevents any potential issues with billing or disconnections. 

8. Start a binder of all items related to your home for future references

Creating a home binder is a great organizational tool. Include important documents, appliance manuals, paint colors, warranty information, and any other relevant information about your home. This binder will serve as a go-to resource for future reference, making it easier to locate essential details quickly. 

9. Meet your neighbors and join the community

Introduce yourself to your new neighbors and take the opportunity to build connections within your community. Attend neighborhood events or join local groups to get involved and become familiar with the area. Building relationships with your neighbors can foster a sense of belonging and make your new house feel like a home. 

10. Decorate

Last but certainly not least, have fun and start decorating your new home! Let your personal style shine through as you arrange furniture, hang artwork, and add those finishing touches that make the space truly feel like your own. Enjoy the process of turning your new construction house into a warm and inviting home. 

Moving into a new construction home offers a fresh start and an opportunity to create a space that reflects your style and preferences. By following this ten essential steps, you can ensure a smooth transition and set a solid foundation for the future maintenance and enjoyment of your new home. Take the time to complete these tasks, and you'll be well on your way to creating lasting memories in your new home. Happy Moving!

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