Here at Ray White Carnegie, we try our best to make the home buying journey as stress-free as possible. When our customers are looking to purchase real estate in Carnegie or surrounds, we strive to inform them of all they should know before making that big investment.
However, buying a new home doesn't end with the sale – you still have to move in. To complete your homeowner's journey with Ray White, here are a few essentials to do before you start shifting all the furniture in.
Change the locks
We live in a very safe, friendly neighbourhood, but many of our customers still feel safer knowing that nobody else could have a key for their doors. New deadbolt locks don't cost too much, though it could also be an opportunity to upgrade to a higher-security electronic variant, if you so wish.
Check your smoke alarms
According to Consumer Affairs Victoria, houses built after August 1, 1997 should have hard-wired smoke alarms with a battery for back-up. However you still need to check each of these devices to ensure they are working correctly, as they could prove vital should a fire occur. If you have purchased a house without hard-wired variants, be sure you have spare batteries in the house to change them when needed.
Learn your fuses
The fuse box is the hub of electricity in your home, and it's important to know where this box is, how to get there quickly (and potentially in the dark) and then which area of the house each individual fuse switch affects. In the event of an emergency, this knowledge could make life a lot easier.
You could also ask about some of these points before you move in, if you're curious. Just ask your Carnegie real estate agent for any information you need.