Whether this is your first home or your 10th, there are several steps that come after buying a home. We know your to-do lists are long; it can be easy to let certain tasks slip your mind. Use this checklist of to-do’s to ensure you’re set as you continue to move forward as a home owner.
To-do: Store settlement papers
Immediately after buying your new home, you’ll want to make sure all settlement papers are stored in a safe place while you are in the process of moving. There are a variety of containers available for storing important information and documents.
Call your insurance provider(s) to make certain that all of the types of insurance you wanted and needed with your new home purchase (such as fire, theft, and liability insurance) are up and running as soon as you have possession.
To-do: Change the locks
Whether you are using a DIY approach or hiring someone to do this for you, a basic rule of thumb is to change the locks when you move into your new home. Since you can’t know who has keys to the house, it’s smart to be on the safe side by changing all locks that lead into your home.
If there was ever a time to deep clean your home, it would be now, before you fill the rooms with furniture. You can never be sure how well it was cleaned prior to your arrival. There are many resourceful ways to clean quickly and efficiently. Here are 21 simple tricks to make the process easier from cleaning the dishwasher to removing oil stains from the garage.
To-do: Pest proof
While you’re already cleaning, it’s not a bad idea to also pest proof your new home before painting and moving in your furniture. It doesn’t need to be a long and daunting process; here are 7 ways to pest proof your home in less than 15 minutes! Main takeaways include vacuuming, sealing up potential entry points and fixing leaky faucets.
This last step is one of the most fun—painting! This is where you get to choose your brand-new backdrop for each room and make this house your home. Head to your local hardware store where you can find exciting and personal color combinations as well as everything you will need to get the job done.
To-do: Enjoy your home
Most importantly, enjoy your home. There are a lot of tasks on your list, but take a moment to enjoy the new setting. It marks the beginning of a new chapter in your life, so make this home your own by adding personal touches. There are never-ending lists of DIY projects to personalize your space, as well as a variety of places to find the perfect accessories.
These tips might be a refresher for some and news to others. Either way, we wanted to help you along after you bought your new home. Take a look at our blog for more homeowner tips.