5 Tips For First-Time Homeowners Who Are Ready to Move In

Our journey to first-time homeownership felt like a marathon. Before getting the keys in hand, we went through a series of processes with lots of paper to sign. And when it was all over, we had a sense of relief. But there was no time to rest though. A lot of things needed to be prepped. One of our biggest goals was to save on utility bills for years to come. Here is a checklist that we used to get organized.

 

Cleaning and Painting

Painting cleaning is part of getting a new house organized for occupancy. Before moving into our first home, we hired professionals to do a thorough cleaning job and painting. The two activities were easier to complete in empty rooms. It would have probably taken longer if we had packed the house first with furniture and other stuff.

 

Another area we needed to polish is window treatments. We wanted to give our guests a great first impression. We did a thorough check on both the blinds to see that they matched our taste. Our contractor took measurements of the windows before getting the right hardware.

 

Planning for Utilities in Advance

We live in an interconnected world today meaning that a house without internet and electricity is unbearable. That’s precisely why we couldn’t wait to hook up the essential amenities before relocating. Our internet cables got connected in advance before the deadline. Since I had taken a week off, I made sure I was at the new house before the technician arrived.

 

But there was one thing we almost forgot. We realized we had not changed the utility bill names two days after moving in. Yet we knew it is extremely important for a new homeowner to have the accounts under their name. Luckily, the previous occupant did not owe utility companies any outstanding bills. As such, changing the accounts was pretty easy. Otherwise, we would have faced a hard time during our first month in a new home with hefty expenses.

Water Pipe Insulation

The house we purchased was slightly over a decade older and it was no surprise that the water pipes were exposed. So we had to wrap them with insulation to save energy. Exposed hot water pipes are prone to losing heat as water travels through them to taps and showers. Pipe insulation is especially critical in the garage and basement where temperatures tend to be lower. Moreover, insulation allows hot water to flow faster to the faucets. When checking the pipes, the first few feet from the heater are the most critical. Quality insulation pays off in the long run. This isn’t just because of the heat and efficient pipe work, good insulation actually helps to minimise the risk of pests, such as mice, arriving at your property. However, companies that offer pest control elizabethtown way, or pest control services wherever you are moving to, are there to help you if this was to occur.

 

Safeguarding the Systems

There are many ways to detect a faulty system in a new home. For instance, dead batteries in the smoke detectors translate to the risk of carbon monoxide in the house. Since the gas has neither color nor smell, it is not easy to detect it naturally. The best bet is to install a carbon monoxide detector and make sure it is working by installing new batteries.

 

Sometimes water in a new home tends to run too hot or cold. This is usually about the heat settings. They must be reset to the right levels. Then the fire extinguishers must be placed at their strategic locations- one in the kitchen and others on each floor. An emergency kit should be somewhere that is easy access and must be checked for expiry every 6 months. it should also be tailored according to household needs.

 

LED or CFL Lights

One of the best ways to save on electricity bills, in the long haul, is the use of LEDs and CFL bulbs. Compared to incandescent bulbs, they have a relatively long lifespan. So they make a worthwhile investment for a new home. They are ideal for areas that require lighting most of the time such as the kitchen and living room. CFL bulbs are cheaper but they cannot measure up to the performance of LEDs.

 

A new home is not yet ready for occupation until you customize it to your liking. As you change the address, don’t forget to change the locks and garage security code. Get ready for the responsibilities of a homeowner with the above list of what to do immediately after purchasing a house. Finally, don’t forget to be kind to others and the environment. You can give away the moving boxes after unpacking or recycle them. Take good care of the new residence and learn where everything is.

 

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The Best YouTube Channels for Lovers of Cooking

There are thousands of cooking channels and millions of videos on YouTube today. However, they are not all exciting and great, as the creators and hosts would want you to believe. But there are a few channels that really help people out there, especially beginners who want to learn how to do a primary task, such as chop onions correctly, how to bake, and how to fire up an oven, to mention a few.

 

Some of them have helped me when it comes to expanding my culinary knowledge and skills. The following are YouTube channels that I follow closely when I’m searching for a recipe or a step by step guidance on how to prepare, cook, and even present certain meals.

 

Maangchi

Her real name is Emily Kim, but I call her the queen of Korean cuisines. I have been following her for ages with her perfect recipes for Korean meals. She is absolutely glamorous, starting from her make-up and headpieces, not to mention her onscreen presence. What I love most is her uncompromised approach to her traditional Korean meals. I always learn something new from all of her videos, and her step-by-step recipes are easy to follow, even for beginners who know nothing about Korean cuisines.

 

Binging with Babish

I would recommend this channel hosted by Andrew Rea to any beginner interested in cooking. Rea offers a complete guide to simple dishes that can be cooked from scratch, such as carbonara, chili, and latkes. Rea ensures to give a vivid explanation of each ingredient he uses, and this is very helpful to a few of us who want to learn how we can improvise some of these dishes in the future and not only how to follow recipes blindly. I would recommend his channel for anyone looking for cooking tutorials and a learning experience.

 

Chef Ali Mandary

This show is hosted by a very bubbly and respected chef from Kenya who shows how exotic and delicious Kenyan meals are. He does it all from baking to grilling and frying. Chef Ali boasts diverse culinary expertise using the locally available ingredients in his home country. He offers step by step instructions on making these meals and with the precise amount of spices and ingredients. I have never grown tired of trying out any of his recipes because he ensures that his followers get every detail of the dishes he creates.

Tabitha Brown

I follow her for her amazing plant-based recipes, her positive vibes, and a great sense of humor.  She is the only person I have seen make vegan food look unique and scrumptious. Her tutorials are straightforward to follow. An example is my new favorite carrot bacon that I tried and was so amazed and impressed by the results. Apart from food for the stomach, she also serves some fantastic food for the soul and mind with her great life advice and encouragement.

 

Almazan Kitchen

I would recommend this to any nature lovers who love to go for walks in the wild and do some camping. Alex Almazan will show you how to make the best burgers and hotdogs while out in the middle of the forest. He mostly uses old school equipment, the biggest chef’s knife I have ever seen in my life, and cooks on roaring frames to deliver these fantastic foods. I recently watched a video of him cooking an aged steak on a cute tiny portable skillet, and the meat looked so juicy and delicious! I have seen him also fry some delicious-looking churros in the yard and also roasted a chicken over an open river using a homemade watermill that he made of branches and shells.

 

Steve the Bartender

After all the eating, I also need a drink to ponder over all the feasting. This is when I head to the Australian bartender Steve Roennfeldt’s channel. I discover several ideas for making the best cocktails, ranging from classic martinis to other drinks that I have never even heard of, with hilarious names such as pink panther’s milk and the missionary’s downfall. I have learned a lot about drinks starting from which ones to offer with what food and how to mix and serve them.

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