What To Do After you Buy a House

First of all, congratulations on your new home! It’s an exciting and stressful time and it’s a great feeling to sign those documents and complete the process. 

You’re not quite done yet though, there are a few things you should do to ensure a smooth transition into your new home. Here are some of the most important things to keep in mind:

  1. Change the locks and update any smart security systems (For example Ring doorbells, pool software, cameras, smart sprinkler system)

  2. Clean the house and consider painting

  3. Set up utilities: (electricity, gas, water, and internet/cable.)

  4. Familiarize yourself with the home: (Locate the main water shut-off valve, the electrical panel, and the HVAC system.)

  5. Check the safety (windows are locked, replace batteries in smoke and carbon monoxide detectors, fire extinguishers and consider an emergency kit)

  6. Change your address: Notify the post office, your bank, credit card companies, and any other important parties of your new address.

  7. Get new keys for mailbox and community amenities 

  8. Update your insurance: If you didn’t move in right away or had a leaseback, update as needed.

  9. Set up a maintenance schedule: (changing the air filters, cleaning gutters, and servicing the HVAC system, septic maintenance) We discussed in the podcast that there could be a good app for home maintenance. Here is a blog on some different ones to look into. https://www.newhomesource.com/learn/10-best-apps-managing-new-home/

10. Meet your neighbors

11. Store documents in a safe place 

Buying a house can be a stressful process, but these steps can help ensure a smooth transition. Good luck and enjoy your new home!

Reach out to Jenny and Alisa if you are considering a move. [email protected]


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