You are finally buying a home, congratulations! After a long journey of house hunting you found a place you can call home.
So what next? Many people don’t know that after buying a home moving in can be just as important and a little bit crazy as well. Here are six need-to-know tips for moving in so you can be organized and have peace of mind.
Make copies of your closing documents
After you’ve bought your home, the documents you received at closing can be the most important and expensive copies you have. It’s important that you take copies of them to make sure you have multiple copies just in case one gets lost. Several important pieces of information are in those documents including the deed, the bill of sale, and transfer tax regulations among other things. Once you make a copy get a folder or binder to put all these forms in and label them so you know where they are.
Change the locks
When buying a home, many people don’t think of this but changing your locks can be very important because unless the house has just been built, you never know who has a key. You can always buy new locks at any hardware store or you call a locksmith
Inspect the home
Your home inspector should have done this before the closing but it’s good to inspect yourself. Look around your home to check for dripping faucets or running toilets because those are major signs of leakage. Check that each light works around the house, and that all appliances function properly.
Even if you moved into a new home, after buying a home it’s important to clean the house thoroughly. If you moved into a used house with carpet, steam clean the carpets to make sure everything from the previous homeowner is out, including stains, or past smells. Wipe down the cabinets inside out before you start placing kitchen supplies inside. Deep clean the bathrooms so it is clean for you once you take a shower in your new home. Most places may look clean when you move in but you don’t know how long the place has been empty and if any critters have walked along your cabinets and bathrooms.
Call pest control
This is something you might want to do on move-in day, just so the first night you don’t have any surprise uninvited guests in your home. Your best bet is to call pest control and get it handled immediately anything such as mice, termites, roaches, ants all need to be terminated.
Check the water heater
To save on their utility bill, a few developers might turn off the water heater and forget to change it before closing. Locate the water heater and make sure its on and working for you.
Moving in can be so exciting but these few details can fall through the cracks. Make sure to follow up on these tips to ensure that your first day at home will be a little less stressful.