So, you’ve gotten that beautiful new place, the portable storage container is in the front yard, and a digging team is working tirelessly to forge a faithful recreation of a mid-twelfth century moat that you will soon fill with Tiger Shark pups bred in Indonesia. The hectic move is behind you and in front of you, the marvelous home that is all yours (or the banks, depending on your approach). Thoroughly exhausted at this point, you may be inclined to unpack only the TV and your recliner (plus a mattress, but not the bed-frame. That’s too much work for the first night) so that you can decompress. Fair enough. You don’t have to unpack anything. The portable storage container will be at your place for a little while and you can tend to that at your leisure. What I do suggest is keeping your energy level up so that you can perform a few small tasks while you still have the motivation. Waiting until you are finished packing may mean that these tasks go uncompleted for a little while, but each one will go a long way to make your stay cheaper and healthier. Lower that drawbridge and put on your maintenance cap, because we are getting into a few subtle details that will improve the quality of your new home!
Tend to the hot water heater! There is absolutely no reason to keep the hot water heater above 120 degrees. You may be the kind of person that wants to boil water in the shower, but I would much rather keep my skin un-melted and save money doing it! If set at a higher temperature, the heater will continue using energy to maintain that temperature until the water molecules give up from exhaustion or the electric company sympathizes with your astronomical bill and sends someone out to turn it down for you (kidding; they wouldn’t do that). It may be a smart investment to get a heater blanket for insulation. There may be just a small amount of energy lost in the day-to-day operations of an uncovered water heater, but that cost adds up over months and years.
Tend to the ventilation system! Though no one really describes the smell of a new home like that of a new car or a new book, the air quality is important for your respiratory health and the health of your children. Go down to your local HVAC guy and buy an appropriately sized air filter. Switching them out and starting brand new will keep you from having to worry about this later when your living room looks like if early-twentieth century Manhattan had a baby with modern Tianying. You may also want to make sure that all the vents are cleaned thoroughly to reduce pushing those dust particles into your fresh home (this will be an important step when you see number four on this list). If you have already moved in, make sure that the vents are unobstructed as they can be frequently overlooked.
While everything is clear, clean! That is probably the last thing you want to hear after moving, but cleanliness goes a long way for both your physical health and your mental health. It could be as simple as wiping down surfaces and vacuuming, because it will be much more difficult once you get all the furniture in. Imagine how relaxing it could be to sit outside gazing at the neighbors begging for entrance across the moat while you sip a glass of sweet tea, safe (because of the tiger sharks) and at ease because you followed my advice about cleaning your home before moving in. It may also keep down any dust bunnies that hide behind everything inside. Doing this will keep them from mutating into an army of air-soiling bunnies that threaten your sovereignty.
Update the tech! First off, it may be worth your time to get a thermostat that you are comfortable with and can understand using on a regular basis. You may move into the new place and realize that there is only a plastic block with a metal wheel; in the dead of night and you are freezing or burning up, I challenge you to set one of those to the wanted temperature through a fatigued gaze. Before all the outlets get blocked by beds and couches, go through the house and replace any damaged outlet covers and switch plates. If you have any experience or If you’re mechanically savvy, you may want to check the wiring behind the covers to make sure nothing is damaged or exposed. I don’t mean to scare you, but exposed wiring here could spell disaster in the form of fires and shorts. Take a few extra moments to make sure that everything is safe for the move-in.