You’ve attended the closing, you’ve signed the papers, and the keys are in your hand. It is official, you are now a homeowner! But, what’s next?
1. Change the locks
So, you’ve just come back from signing the papers with keys in hand. The next logical step: change the locks. Even if you like or trust the home sellers, you have no idea who else could have the keys to your home. Changing the locks to your new home ensures that you are the only person who is able to access your new property. If you are uncomfortable with changing the locks yourself, call a locksmith. There are many local locksmiths who will charge as little as $20-30 dollars per lock for labor.
2. Get A Home Warranty
A home warranty may be included in the purchase of your new home. If not, now is a great time to get one. Home warranties are wonderful assets for homeowners. The affordable policies help homeowners replace common items such as refrigerators, dishwashers, A.C. units, and much more. Individual policies and prices may vary, and so you will need to research your options thoroughly.
Popular home warranty companies include:
- Old Republic
- American Home Shield
- First American
3. Double-Check Your Home’s Systems
Yes, I know what you’re thinking, “but the inspector checked everything.” However, chances are that this was several weeks ago. Also, if your home was vacated prior to closing, this can be especially helpful in stopping small surprises from turning into major hassles. Just imagine, sometime after the inspector left, a small leak developed under a sink in the master bath. Don’t let something like this go unnoticed, a leak such as this could turn into a major repair! Besides, it never hurts to double-check.
- Look for dripping faucets, running toilets, and leaky pipes
- Get your home’s heating and A.C. system serviced by a professional
- Check all of your appliances to ensure they are working properly
4. Give Your Home A Deep Cleaning
Before you move your furniture in, take the time to deep clean your new home. Whether you hire a professional cleaning service or choose to do-it-yourself, the deep cleaning will give you a much-needed fresh start.
- Clean carpets
- clean out refrigerator,
- clean toilets
- clean sinks and tubs
- wipe down all surfaces
- clean out cabinets and drawers
5. Transfer Utilities
Although this should be pre-arranged prior to closing, this is an essential step when moving into any new home. Don’t forget to budget for hook-up and transfer fees which can range from $50 – 200. If your budget is tight, ask about dividing the charges and applying them to a number of months.
6. Move In And Unpack
Congratulations on your new home! Now that your home is clean, in proper working order, and your utilities have been turned on, it is time to celebrate. Move in, unpack, and throw a house-warming party!