Tips for First Time Homeowners

Buying your first home is a huge accomplishment, and likely the largest investment you’ll make.  So what should you do when you first move in?

Change the locks  How many people before you have a spare key to your new home? Better to be safe, and change out all the exterior locks on your home.

Check alarms  Make sure your smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors are in working order. If not, replace. Consider a security system for your home, this can possibly provide you a discount on your home insurance.

Home Insurance  It is important that you purchase the right home insurance. Make sure that you have enough content coverage as well. With all the planning and moving sometimes we forget to consider how much our contents cost to make our house feel like a home. Do an inventory of your contents as you unpack. Pull out your camera and take pictures while you unpack, and once you have your home set up. These photos will come in handy should you need to identify items.

Plan for Emergencies  To ensure the safety of everyone in your new home, make sure that all the doors and windows open from the inside, and with your family determine the best escape routes should an emergency occur. Work on your family fire drill, and make sure everyone knows where to go, and what to do.

Get to know your neighbours  It may be surprising how knowing your neighbours can help deter unwanted activities around your home. Knowing your neighbours are watching for out of character activities will send the message that your neighbourhood will not stand for crime. This also helps build a camaraderie with your neighbours as you watch out for each other.

Emergency Numbers  Make sure you have your trusted emergency numbers in a central location so that you do not have to hunt for phone numbers should an emergency occur.  Ensure you have Stutters Disaster Kleenup on your emergency contact as we will take care of your flooding, sewer back up, asbestos, and carpet cleaning needs.  Stutters can be reached 24 hours a day, 7 days as week 365 days a year.  Our number is 1-877-763-1540.

Related Services:

Emergency Response

Water Damage (Flood, Sewer Back-ups)

Fire & Smoke Damage

Asbestos Abatement & Removal

Carpet Cleaning

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