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Buying a new home is a vast, exciting step… not to mention a relief! Now you have gone through shopping in the market, sorting views, making an offer, waiting for an answer, checking, and signing on the dotted line. Now it’s time to celebrate!
Of course, the real things won’t be behind you once you’ve closed the door to your new home. You can daydream about morning coffee in your new kitchen and nights in your new neighborhood.
Don’t forget to sort and pack while you’re daydreaming.
The basics like downsizing, packing, and hiring a mover should probably be on your list. That is a great start! It would help if you also did a few things in your new home before the movers started loading your stuff. After you’ve closed your door, here are a few things to ensure you don’t overlook.
The best time to look at the guide is before moving day. Hopefully, you have a day in your new home before you rush in so you can walk through your place and look around. If not, try to do so before unloading a moving truck.
Your check should include:
Any repairs, updates, or other work you and the previous owner have agreed to will be handled before moving in.
Anything agreed upon as part of the purchase is included, such as equipment or furniture.
Make sure everything works, including electrical outlets, fixtures, and switches.
It’s best to do the tutorial as soon as possible. Unfortunately, if you encounter issues we cover in your agreement, you will have to learn from the experience. Call your broker immediately if you find discrepancies between the contract and what you see.
Secure your entry
One of the most important things to do when moving into a new home is ensuring it’s safe. To enhance your and your belongings’ security, change the doors’ locks and any codes for the gate, garage door, or security system.
Make sure you have all the electronic systems manuals and understand how to navigate them. Depending on the complexity of your locks (and your proficiency with manual tasks, of course), you may need to call a locksmith to help you make these changes. Changing the code for your garage door won’t cost anything. The home security system will ask you to set up a new account whether you reconnect or choose a new provider.
Set up widgets
Set up your utilities before you move in to ensure a smooth transition into your new home (and a hot shower after you arrive!). If you are from an apartment living, you may be familiar with the ease of setting up utilities in the unit. It can take a little longer to connect the gadgets in your home, so talk to your chosen providers first to ensure you’ve provided all you need to get set up…
There’s a chance they’ll need to go out to hook up your service, so don’t save this step until the last minute. You can opt-out of their busy schedule when you want to!
Water, electric, and gas point test, and detector test
When you find a circuit breaker or water main, you need to see it immediately. Please do yourself a favor and don’t wait until you need them. Look for emergency disconnects and circuit breakers before or shortly after moving in.
When it comes to the breaker, open it up for a look. Are there labels for each circuit? If not, get a roll of masking tape and a marker pen. It is essential to know which courses belong to which rooms and devices.
Gather all of your device’s paperwork, manuals, and warranty information and keep it safe in one place. If previous owners left the devices without the manuals, fear not. You can find most of them online and can easily print new copies.
While at it, it’s also an excellent time to check your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors. Ensure they are in good working order and replace the batteries if necessary. Not only will you help keep your home and family safe, but you’ll soon know where to find each detector.
If there isn’t one there, install one. These two rooms are frequent sources of fires. Make sure you have at least one smoke detector on each floor of your home.
Often, buyers get a home warranty covering major equipment or systems for a certain period. If you get a contract, review the details to ensure you understand what’s covered and when. It would be helpful to know if there is an opportunity to file a complaint.
Home warranties don’t last forever and are not a substitute for insurance.
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