So you are getting ready to move into a new rental home? It’s crucial for new residents to familiarize themselves with essential aspects of the property to ensure a smooth transition and preparedness for potential issues.
Here are the top 10 things a new resident should identify at their new home:
- Electrical Panel (Circuit Breaker Box): Locate the electrical panel in case of power outages or the need to reset a tripped circuit.
- Water Shut-Off Valve: Know the location of the main water shut-off valve to quickly address plumbing issues or emergencies.
- Gas Shut-Off Valve: Familiarize yourself with the gas shut-off valve in case of gas leaks or emergencies. This is typically near gas-powered appliances.
- Emergency Exits: Identify all emergency exits, especially if you are in an apartment building. Know the quickest way to exit the building in case of fire or other emergencies.
- Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Detectors: Confirm the locations of smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors. Test them to ensure they are working correctly.
- Appliance Manuals: Keep manuals for major appliances (oven, dishwasher, washer, dryer) in a designated place for reference.
- Trash and Recycling Pickup Schedule: Learn the schedule for trash and recycling collection in your area. Know where the bins are stored and where to place them for pickup.
- Neighborhood Services: Be aware of nearby services such as grocery stores, hospitals, pharmacies, and public transportation options.
- Mailbox Location: Find your mailbox and understand the mail delivery system in your neighborhood. If applicable, check if there’s a package delivery area.
- Local Emergency Numbers: Save local emergency numbers, including the non-emergency police line and contact information for your property management or landlord. Know when it is appropriate to call the property manager or owner.
Taking the time to identify these key elements when moving in can save you from stress and potential problems in the future. If you aren’t sure about these items it is also advisable to conduct a walk-through with your landlord or property manager to address any questions or concerns you may have about the property.