Whether it’s your first home or your fourth, buying a new house is exciting and brings all sorts of new adventures, along with a few stresses. It can get frustrating when there are boxes everywhere and you are trying to sort out which ones you’ll need first. Here are few things that should be high on your to-do list after a move.

Secure the Home’s
Windows and Doors

If you bought the home from someone else, one of your first actions should be to have a locksmith service replace all of the exterior locks. This ensures no former owners, or people they might have given key copies to, have access to the house. Remember to also check that all windows have properly working locks on them. There are various locking devices available to secure sliding glass doors.

Contact the local
utility companies

You will need to contact the local utility companies to connect the gas and electric. If you aren’t sure whom to call, ask your neighbors or contact your city hall. You'll probably want a telephone, an internet connection, and cable tv. Some companies provide all three of these services as a bundle. If you don’t have a payment history with utility companies, expect to pay a deposit, usually refundable after one year.

Inspect and Hook Up
Major Appliances

If your home purchase included installing new major appliances, such as a refrigerator, stove, dishwasher, and a washer and dryer, you’ll want to inspect them carefully and make sure they are hooked up properly and ready to use. Of course you’ll want to make sure your air conditioner and heater is up and running. Call a professional contractor to inspect them if you need assistance.

Once these crucial steps are complete, you can finish unpacking your boxes, start decorating to your liking, fully settle in, and get to know your neighborhood. You might still need to research where the best schools are and which roads give you the fastest commute to work, but the trickiest part about moving to a new home should hopefully be behind you now.