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
Change the locks/keys 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. Consideration could also be given
to a security system.
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.
Review your home inspection report for any
items that require immediate repair, improvement or further investigation. Address
these areas as required.
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 tagged by your inspector.