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Get to Know Your New Home: Checklist

July 7, 2020, Author: Karen Stanley

Whether you’ve been in your new home for a week, or a few years, see how well you and your family have been able to get to know your new home, with our master checklist:

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Along with deciding on where to place the furniture, get to know your home by knowing where important spots are, like shutoff valves or your water heater


  1. Do you know where the breaker box is?
  2. Are you familiar with where the shutoff valve for the water is?
  3. Do you know where the shutoff valve for the gas is, and how to turn it off?
  4. What is your exit plan in case of an emergency?
  5. Do you know how to change garage codes to keep them current and private?
  6. Do you know how to clean out the dryer vent duct? Extra lint can become a fire hazard.
  7. Are there emergency contacts in an easy-access place if you need them?
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Getting familiar with the warranties associated with your new appliances is a great way to avoid extra expenses in the case a repair is needed


  1. What day does the trash truck come by?
  2. Is there recycling available? When does it come?
  3. Do you know how often you need to replace air filters or have them replaced in your HVAC system?
  4. Are you familiar with the warranties of your new appliances, carpet, etc.? Understanding them ahead of time will help you in the event you need to apply a warranty.
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Save yourself time and stress with a spare key, when someone accidentally gets locked out of the house

Planning Ahead:

  1. What is the plan for when you get locked out?
  2. Who is your go-to in the event you need a plumber or other maintenance professional? Having numbers to call before something happens can be a game-changer in the event you need their help.
  3. Do you know how to shut off your toilet? Seems simple, but it could save you from dealing with flooding and more damage to your home.
  4. Do you know where the water heater is, and how it works?
  5. If you have a water softener in your home, do you know how to use it?

Taking the Best Care of Your New Home:

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You’ve invested time and money into your low-maintenance new home. Get to know what works best for quick cleaning, and easy care to keep your home like new
  1. Do you know how to properly take care of your floors? Which products are the most effective and are the best for your flooring?
  2. What works best when cleaning and maintaining your type of countertops?
  3. Have you found a window cleaner you love to keep your panoramic retractable-glass walls crystal clear?

There are endless things to learn about your new home, but this is a great place to start when it comes to getting to know your new space! Don’t get overwhelmed by wanting to know everything the day you move in. Remember, many of these things are things to just make mental notes of, in case you need to know down the road.

There are many responsibilities that come with being a homeowner, but our New Village Homes are built with a low-maintenance lifestyle in mind, and high-efficiency systems to give you the most comfortable and efficient new home.


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