Check the Temperature on the Water Heater & Change the Filters.
Especially in new developments, developers sometimes turn the water heater to “vacation” mode which saves them money on utility bills but makes the water cold throughout the home. If you control your own hot water, check the water heater during your first day in the house and turn the temperature dial to the “best setting” which should be indicated on the dial. If necessary, make sure to also change the air filter in the heating and air conditioning unit and the vent filter above the stove.
Change the Locks.
During the buying process, the keys to your home probably passed through a lot of hands and someone besides you could still have copies of the old keys. Just to be safe, change your locks the first day you move in.
Meet the Neighbors.
Your new neighbors are part of your community. Especially if you have kids, you’ll want to know what type of people live near you and who may be out and about in the area when you aren’t home. Aside from that, neighbors can look out for each other and let you in on the happenings in the neighborhood so don’t be shy. You never know when the stranger next door might become a trusted family friend.