Settling into your new home? You’ve conquered half the battle – packing and moving things from your previous place to the new one. Now it’s time to beat the other half. Real work starts here. But there’s more to accepting a new home than simply unpacking, arranging and organizing your things. Here’s a rundown of what you must do as soon as you step inside your Amaia Series Novaliches home.
1) Take photos
Some people think that taking photos are for renters only. Nope. If you bought a new condo unit or house and lot, you must document the condition of the dwelling. A fair amount of time had elapsed between your first inspection and move in date. Damage might have occurred especially if other people inspected the same unit before you even decided to buy it.
Another probable source of damage is the mover like when the staff scratchs the floor unknowingly while transferring heavy furniture. Take photos of the boxes and its content as you unpack each. Check for breakage and missing items. Document each as well. You may use these pictures in case of a complaint or claim.
2) Inspect the utilities
Once the movers leave, it is time to check the services. Make sure that the lights and taps are working. By now, you should have already collected the contact details of the condo, homeowners association or developer. It is their responsibility to ensure that everything’s in their optimal condition before you move in. Let them know of your concerns.
Do this before doing any unpacking. It’s difficult to start unpacking only to realize that the lighting fixtures are not working. Otherwise, you would have to stop what you are doing to check what went wrong. If you cannot tackle the job, there might be a need to finish unpacking and to organize your closets and fixtures the next day.
3) Change the locks
Safety and security start from home and you don’t want to worry about this all the time. Unfortunately, built in locks are not stable and secure enough. Check the locks and change them accordingly. Who knows who else has keys to your new home even if you are the first owner of the house or condo, right?
Either you Change the locks before or after you unpack. You need to ensure that this is covered. Install deadbolts or double locks too.
4) Update IDs
Since you are staying in a new permanent address, you need to update your identification cards such as postal ID, voting address, etc. Update all necessary files and documents as well. Outdated IDs can be easily detected especially since the address is one of the important information that authorities are looking at. The sooner you do this, the better.
Contact your bank, credit card company, and other companies to let them know that you’ve changed residence. This applies in particular if they are sending correspondences to your home address. The same applies for any subscriptions you have. Let them know your new address so your bills, letters, and packages will land to the right address.
5) Find new services
Although this will depend on your needs, you might have to find new service providers such as a new doctor, dentist or veterinarian. That’s unless you are open to the idea of going back to your previous residence for pre-scheduled checkups. You can put this task off for a little while. However, a list of new services will come handy should an emergency hit. If you have elderly, kids and pets living with you, make this a priority nevertheless.
Do this for the other services you are using such as the internet, cable, mobile, etc. Communicate with the providers and make them aware of your intention to transfer services if that’s possible instead of starting a new account. The majority of the local providers handle disconnection and reconnection services for a minimal fee.
6) Create a contact list
Take the time to know and create an emergency contact list as well. If you are going to live in a condo, you must be aware of which numbers to dial for a particular purpose. Place it somewhere visible where all the family members can easily find it.
What to include on the list? For one, it should include the numbers of the closest hospital or clinic and the police and fire departments. The contact details of your preferred taxi service must be on the list, too. To complete the said list, there should be your contact number, your spouse’s, nearby relatives’ and trusted neighbors.’ With this, the person in your home would be equipped to handle a situation in case of your absence.
After these, the final tip is to get connected to your new neighborhood. Embrace your new community by getting to know the place and the people. Get to know what’s happening around you. Most importantly, celebrate your new home with your old and newfound friends!