Move in Checklist:
1. Change Locks. Don’t assume the keys you’re holding make up the only existing set. Play it safe and have all of your locks changed. Look into home automation with smart locks and keyless entry, too.
2. Reprogram the garage door opener. Again, it’s better to be safe than sorry when it comes to security. Most remotes have a reset button, but if you need more instructions, contact the manufacturer to walk you through the steps for your make and model. Shop Garage Door Openers
3. Locate the water shutoffs. Find the main water shutoff as well as all outside water spigots. Ask the previous homeowner if you cannot find them. Check out our DIY Basics video for shutting off your water supply.
4. Locate the main circuit breaker. Check it out and make sure you fully understand the labeling. If it’s a new home and unlabeled, identify the circuits and make your own labels. See some helpful breaker box tips in our DIY Basics video.
5. Test the smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors. For smoke detectors, you need one in each bedroom and on every floor. Carbon monoxide detectors are needed on each floor. Also, place a fire extinguisher on every level and learn how to use it. Shop Smart Smoke Detectors
6. Figure out a strategy to use if you get locked out of your home. Hide a key? Leave a copy with a neighbor? Or purchase a key safe to have secure, easy access to your spare key.
7. Establish a MyLowe’s account. You can store valuable information there, such as paint colors, room sizes, furnace filter sizes, and purchase history. Lowe’s can even send you a reminder to change the furnace filter. For more info on starting an account, click here.
8. Read up on your HVAC system to feel confident about using the furnace and air conditioner. No instructions? Go online to find them. Put in a new filter and keep the information in your MyLowe’s account. Adding a smart thermostat can increase energy efficiency and allow optimization from your smart phone. Shop Smart Thermostats
9. Make a list of all your light bulbs, and buy energy efficient replacements. Don’t forget the halogen lights! Check all outdoor fixtures, too. Smart lighting is an energy efficient option that can also tie into home automation. Shop Smart Lighting
10. Replace all toilet seats. Enough said.
11. Make an exit plan for emergencies. Be sure even small children know how to call 911. It's helpful to practice your emergency plan regularly. See our helpful guide to Make a Fire Escape Plan.
Adding the latest home automation technology gives you peace of mind about your new house and can add resale value going forward. The latest technology allows you to use your phone, tablet, or computer to communicate with your home. Forget to turn off the lights? Switch them off remotely. Want to water the lawn? The irrigation timer has you covered. Want to adjust the temperature before you get home? Done.
From door sensors and cameras to smart lightbulbs and thermostats, home automation reduces worry and saves money. Check out our helpful guide: What is Home Automation?