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1. Change locks
Unfortunately, you can’t assume the keys you’re holding are the only keys to your home that could exist out there. Play it safe and have all the locks changed as soon as you can.
2. Re-program garage door opener
Again, it’s better to be safe than sorry when it comes to the security of your new home. Most garage door remotes have a reset button that you can hold down to reprogram the opener. If you want more concise instructions, note the make and model of the opener and contact the company to walk you through the steps.
3. Install new batteries in smoke alarm and carbon monoxide detector
4. Replace furnace filter
Most manufacturers recommend that a furnace filter be changed once a month during the heating season to ensure the most efficient performance. While there are higher-quality filters that may not require monthly replacement, it’s still a good idea to check the filter monthly and, of course, replace it when you move into a new place.
Here in the Ogden Valley, we have many homes that are used as secondary residences. The most important thing you should do when you move into a new property here is to check with the county assessor to see if your home is assessed as a primary or non-primary home. If your home is listed as a primary residence, it will be taxed at half of what a secondary residence is taxed at which could end up saving you thousands of dollars.