Taking Possesion of Your New Home

After taking possession of a new home, there are some maintenance and safety issues that should be addressed immediately. The following checklist should help you undertake these improvements:

  • Change the locks on all exterior entrances, for improved security.
  • Check that all windows and doors are secure. Improve window hardware as necessary. Security rods can be added to sliding windows and doors.
  • Install smoke detectors on each level of the home. Ensure that there is a smoke detector outside all sleeping areas. Replace batteries on any existing smoke detectors and test them. Make a note to replace batteries again in one year.
  • Create a plan of action in the event of a fire in your home. Ensure that there is an operable window or door in every room of the house.
  • Consult with your local fire department regarding fire safety issues and what to do in the event of fire.
  • Examine driveways and walkways for trip hazards. Undertake repairs if necessary.
  • Examine the interior for trip hazards in the home . Loose or torn carpeting and flooring should be repaired.
  • Undertake improvements to all stairways, decks, porches and landings where there is a risk of falling or stumbling.
  • Review your home inspection report for any items that require immediate improvement or further investigation. Address these areas as required.
  • Install rain caps and vermin screens on all chimney flues, as necessary.
  • Investigate the location of the main shut-offs for the plumbing, heating and electrical systems. If you attended the home inspection, these items would have been pointed out to you and are usually noted in our reports.