Congratulations! You have just purchased your new home….but now what? Before you pop the paint, and arrange your furniture, there are 5 steps we HIGHLY recommend.
This is probably the only time your house will be completely empty, and you should take advantage of it! If your house was just built, you want to make sure there is no saw dust left over, no tape still lining your baseboards, and that your vents are all cleared. If it was occupied and you are purchasing from someone, start with the toilets!!!! Either deep scrub or replace those porcelain thrones. You will thank us later.
- CHANGE THE LOCKS
I don’t know about you, but there are PLENTY of people with extra keys to my house. My parents, my significant other’s parents, my sibling, our neighbor. If WE handed out that many keys, what about the people before us? You don’t want to go to lay down after a long day and wonder if you will have drop in guests. Change the locks, and the garage code if you have one.
- INSPECT YOUR HOME
Yes, you have probably already had a home inspection, and an appraisal. Even with these precautions, it’s best to take the time and do a thorough once over of your home. If there were any leaks, cracks, or breaks you’ll want to attend to those matters immediately.
- CHANGE YOUR ADDRESS
This is important, so you still receive your mail, but you DON’T receive a fine! In some states, you only have 2-3 days to change your residence when moving. Head to the Secretary of State (called the DMV for you non-Michiganders), and get that switched ASAP! Then head over to usps.com and register your new address. Sometimes there is a small fee (mine was $4), but it’s painless.
- TAKE SOME PHOTOS!
Whether it’s your first home, your fourth home, new construction or a FSBO, you’ll want pictures from when you first moved in later in life. To see how different your life is, how different your home, it’s always nice to have for a rainy day or nostalgic moment.