You’ve signed on the dotted lines and are now the proud owner of a new home. You might be wondering what comes next. What are the steps you need to take now? Here are 8 suggestions to help you get started.
Make Copies of Closing Documents and Store Them in a Safe Place
You may never know when you might need to access your closing documents in the future. Store one copy at home, preferably in a fireproof safe, and keep another stored safely off site or in a secure place online.
Change Your Locks
This should be one of the first steps you take after closing on your new home, before you ever move in. To ensure the maximum safety of your new house, it’s a smart idea to have all of the locks changed. You can never know who might have the previous owner’s spare key, and you don’t want to find that out the hard way.
Notify Important People or Institutions About Your Move
These can include the United States Postal Service, your employers, your children’s schools, financial institutions, insurance companies, utility companies such as phone and internet, your doctors offices, and any magazine, newspaper, or mail subscriptions you may have.
Schedule a Deep Clean
This is especially important for carpeted areas as well as bathrooms and any pools or hot tubs. Of course, if you want to go ahead and have the entire house deep cleaned, more power to you! It’s probably best to hire a professional cleaning company to do this initial deep clean, although you can perform it yourself.
Double Check Your Homeowners Insurance Coverage
As you are moving into your new home and unpacking your belongings, make a comprehensive list of all your valuables to show to your homeowners insurance provider. You want to make sure you have the limits you need for everything you own, so that your possessions will be covered in the event of an accident. There may also be additional coverages you should add to your policy, so be sure to discuss all your options with your insurer.
Create a Maintenance Plan
Whether you want to use a paper calendar, digital calendar, or create a spreadsheet on your computer is up to you. Simply sit down and plan out the dates to remind yourself to perform maintenance tasks like changing your air filters or to set up things like an HVAC inspection. When your life starts getting busy, it will be so helpful to have all of your maintenance tasks already mapped out for the year.
Personalize Your New Home
First on the list is decor! Make your home your own and you’ll be able to transition with ease. Perhaps you’re bringing all of the furniture from your previous home or purchasing new furnishings to fit your new space. Something simple you can do to make your new house a home is to personalize the front door or mailbox with a sign, wreath or other decor that represents you.
Meet Your Neighbors
This is the fun part! You chose a great home in a great neighborhood, now it’s time to see what all the families on the street are like. Whether you throw a housewarming party and invite the entire block or do the classic bake something and knock on doors, your new neighbors are sure to give you a warm welcome home.
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