The title of this blog should really be, “The 2nd Thing You Should Do After You’ve Purchased A Home,” as the first thing to do after finding a house to make into a home is celebrate. With all of life’s challenges, and the hectic nature of home purchases, it shouldn’t come as a surprise that the work doesn’t stop after the home purchase is complete. In fact, this is when the work really begins.
There are a few things that you can do to set your house up for success. Everyone is different, so the very first action item after purchasing your home might vary from buyer to buyer. Here, we’ll explore all of those tasks that will make a great choice for your first steps as a homeowner.
And for the sake of being productive, we can save the celebration for afterwards.
Set Up New Keys and Locks
One of the proudest moments for any new homeowner is when you get to pick up the keys to your new property. But unless your home is brand new, it’s likely that previous owners still have their keys somewhere in their new place of residence. It’s also common for family friends, neighbors, or other trusted individuals to have been given copies of those keys as a security measure. It’s best to change the locks and get a new set of keys.
Check Your List of Belongings
Many people make inventory lists of their belongings to help keep them organized during a move. Even if you haven’t made a list of every single belonging, you can take pictures of items to keep track of them. Once you’ve made the move, be sure to check your list to confirm that all necessary items made it there safely. This is an easy time for belongings to get lost or left behind – don’t let it happen to you!
Prepare A Service Team List
When you own a home, you’re the landlord. This means you’re responsible for fixing anything that breaks. If you’re moving into a new neighborhood, you may be working with an outdated list of contacts for plumbers, handymen, and emergency service personnel. Take time to get recommendations from local officials and residents, or even do a quick online search, to build a new team of service professionals to help you maintain your home. You’ll be happy you have that list handy early on.
Safeguard Your Documents
While housing your home-purchase documents seems like a no-brainer, it’s not uncommon to become a bit disorganized during the move-in process. Remember, this isn’t just a new home, it’s also a big investment. Make space to keep all of your important documents, making copies and keeping them in a safe-deposit box at your financial institution as well as in a safe place at home.
And now the fun begins! Congratulations on your new home. With these steps accounted for, you’ll have a much easier transition period, giving you more time to bask in the celebration.
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