1. Clean everythingPersonally I don't care who the seller says cleaned the house or what they cleaned it with, I prefer to do a nice scrub down whenever I move somewhere. That way I know it's clean. Particularly when it comes to the kitchen, bathroom, floors. Ok, everything.
2. Register appliancesIf you have brand new appliances in your kitchen or laundry room register them within your first few days so you don't forget.
3. Hold on making drastic changes right awayIt may be tempting to start doing some serious decorating as soon as you move in. but in some instances it may be better to hold off for a while. By not rushing into decorating you can figure out where your furniture is best suited for the room, what colors you want to paint the walls, what you want to get rid of or replace and even what you can afford. It also gives you time to figure out what room(s) you want to start decorating first.
4. Make a list of what needs to be fixedWhen you tour the home there will be some fixes you will easily and quickly see and identify. There are others that you won't be able to find until you've lived in the house for a while and are going about your daily routine.
My house had a plumbing issue that wasn't detected until about two after I moved in and my parents were visiting me. The pipe to the sewer had a blockage that had built up over time and came to a head with the extra usage during my parents visit.
If you're in a new build a lot of these fixes could be under warranty. So take the time to make a list and send all your fixes to the builder at once.
5. Memorize the neighborhood trash scheduleThis seems like a little thing, but it's important. When you first move in you'll have more trash than normal from unpacking boxes and maybe even brand new items you bought for the house. So knowing when the trash is collected each week is key to making sure the trash doesn't pile up.
6. Meet the neighborsGetting to know your neighbors can be key to enjoying your new home and neighborhood. It can also be helpful as you can help each other by
- Watching each others house when you go on vacation or aren't home for extended periods of time
- Letting out the dogs when you're on vacation
- Sharing the latest neighborhood news (such as who's moving in or out. Which neighbors could use some help from the neighborhood)
When I lived in apartments I didn't see getting to know my neighbors as important because I knew neither one of us was planning to stay for a long time. We would likely move on when the rent got too high, we got jobs elsewhere or for some other reason. Now that I'm in a house I want to know my neighbors and realize the importance of it.