Are you buying your first home in Port Moresby? If so, congratulations! Home ownership gives you security and control over your lifestyle.
Before you get settled in, however, take the time to think about what you need to do to ensure everything is in order. Here are five things you should do when moving into your new home.
1. Connect your services
When moving into a house, you will most likely need to have your various services connected. This means contacting providers for the following utilities:
- Electricity, for lights, heating water and running appliances.
- Piped natural gas, or bottled gas, if you prefer it as an alternative or additional source of energy.
- Water, as it may have been disconnected when the previous owner moved out.
- Broadband internet, if you prefer it to mobile data coverage in your home.
2. Change locks
You might assume you are given all of the keys to your home when you buy it. Sometimes, however, previous owners may hold onto old keys. These can used to enter your home unlawfully and cause damage or steal your belongings.
Talk to a locksmith about having the locks changed so you can be sure you have the only keys to your home.
3. Address any fire or flood risks
The previous owners of your home might not have taken care of fire and flood risks very well. Sometimes it may be necessary to fix problems as soon as you move in. Test the power outlets and light switches around your home to find any faulty wiring and address this immediately. You should also do the same for any leaks or damaged plumbing.
These problems can lead to fires or floods, which could seriously damage your home.
On a similar note, it might have been a while since your home was thoroughly cleaned. Before you move all of your furniture in, it is a great idea to clean the floors, walls and inside any cupboards or closets. Cleaning away dust and mould helps to keep your home healthier, as well as protecting you from harmful bacteria that could make you sick.
5. Check your insurance
Finally, make sure you have the right home insurance in place. Your policy protects your home and its contents from unfortunate events like damage or theft, so even if your best efforts to prevent these things don't work, you have the peace of mind that the costs will be covered.
Don't leave anything to chance when you buy your first Port Moresby home. Protect your home and contents with Trans Pacific Assurance today.