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The prospect of moving conjures up a seemingly endless to-do list of chores. But the prospect of moving into a new home got me wondering – of all the moving in chores, which should you do first?

An Indiana real estate firm recently blogged about the '6 Things Everyone Should Do When Moving Into a New House,' and the number one item on that tip list is: Change the locks.

Since a new homeowner doesn't know who else has keys to their new home, they should immediately change the locks. That ensures you're the only person who has access.

Install new deadbolts yourself for as little as $10 per lock, or call a locksmith — if you supply the new locks, they typically charge about $20-$30 per lock for labor.

On that subject, MovingScam.com shared these ideas from Brittney Lee – a moving expert at U-Pack:

Create an essentials box – box full of everything you'll need first at your new home: scissors, cleaning supplies, light bulbs, paper products, and a first aid kit. Either keep this box with you as you move, or load it last so you can unload it at your new home first.

Call the utility companies – Remember to call these service providers: electric, cable, phone, gas, internet, trash pickup, sewer, water, and any other utility services you might need. We recommend having all utilities hooked up before you move in. Lee says it's just easier than having all the utility workers trying to maneuver around while you're carrying in furniture and unpacking.

The home insurer Liberty Mutual recommends homeowners implement safety processes first and foremost. That includes posting a list of emergency contact numbers in a space where everyone can see it.

Then, unpack items like your first aid kit and fire extinguisher and ensure everyone in the household knows where to locate them. And talk with your family about an emergency exit plan for your new home.

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