Make a prioritized list
The Family Handyman The minute you walk in to your new home, your mind will be racing with to-dos. Keep this overwhelming task list at bay by keeping a notebook in a central location, and write down every action item you or your family thinks of throughout the day. After 24 hours cut the list off, and prioritize each item with a 1, 2, or 3. First priority should be items completed that week, such as safety concerns, cleaning, and unpacking essentials. Priority two should be tasks completed within the next two months: anything related to organization, maintenance, and remaining unpacking. Priority three tasks should be non-essential improvements and projects you’d like to complete within the year: renovations, landscaping, and large purchases. Read this first-time homebuyer’s guide to home maintenance to get started, and make sure you remember these 35 tips every homeowner should know.