7 Things to Do Immediately After Becoming a Homeowner
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You did it! You finally bought your first home! Now you can finally kick back and relax, right? Well, not exactly. There are still some things to do immediately after becoming a homeowner that will ensure a stress-free and smooth transition from renting to homeownership. For instance, you should probably download an app for moving, so that you can find the right relocation company. Let’s take a look at all the post-purchase tasks that you’re facing.
1. Find a Moving Company
Unless you intend to leave your new house empty, you’ll likely need a moving company to help you transport all your belongings. A good app for moving could help you choose the right movers so that you don’t have to worry about anything getting lost, damaged, or stolen. Unless you have very few things to transport, don’t attempt to do this on your own. It will not only take you longer, but it will also stress you out, and maybe even cost you more once all is said and done. Having the right professionals by your side will allow you to dedicate more time to other tasks.
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2. Clean and Prepare Your New Home
The previous owners probably did some basic cleaning before moving out, but that doesn’t mean you’re off the hook. While the movers are taking care of heavy lifting, you should dedicate some time to preparing your new home. Cleaning it will be much easier before all the furniture and boxes arrive. Dust every nook and cranny, putting emphasis on corners you won’t be able to reach once the furniture is there.
Aside from deep cleaning, you should also do the following:
Hook up your utilities. Contact local utility companies, weigh your options, and hook up the utilities before officially moving in. Change the locks. There is no way to know who has the keys to the house - the previous owner, their family and friends, or someone else? So make sure to change all the locks. Child-proof your home. If you have young kids, you know how prone they can be to accidents. So protect all sharp corners, electrical outlets, and anything else that could pose a hazard. Check security systems. Make sure all the security systems are working properly. This also includes smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors. Don’t forget to reset the password on the alarm if there is one.
3. Change Your Address and Forward the Mail
Changing your address is a simple, yet important step that people surprisingly often forget. It is as easy as filling out a form on the USPS website. You could also let the future tenants of your previous home know what your new address is, just in case some mail ends up there after all. Also, make an effort to inform everyone of your new address - your family, friends, magazine subscriptions, or anyone else who might send you something in the mail.
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4. Purchase Homeowners’ Insurance
Now that you’re a homeowner, you will likely need homeowners’ insurance. Sooner rather than later, you should take a look at what insurance policies are available to you, and choose the one that fits your needs and budget. Nobody likes to think about what could go wrong in the long run, but if anything does, it’s better to be prepared, especially if you’re moving to an area known for floods, hurricanes, or earthquakes.
5. Unpack Your Boxes
Once the movers have delivered your belongings to the new address, it’s time to unpack. They will most likely reassemble your furniture and put it in appropriate rooms, but the boxes will be your task to deal with. Always begin with things you’ll need right away - bedding, towels and toiletries, kitchenware, and clothes. Things such as decorations or out-of-season clothes can wait.
6. Make the House Feel Like Home
Now that you’ve taken care of all the boring stuff, it’s time to breathe new life into the house. This is the first time you own property, and that means you can do borderline anything to it. Have you always wanted to have hundreds of plants all over your home? Maybe you’d like to paint the walls an unusual color? Or perhaps you want to turn the basement into an at-home movie theater? Whatever it is, you have all the freedom in the world to do it now.
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7. Get to Know Your Surroundings
The last step of settling into your new place is getting to know the neighborhood. Find out where the closest grocery store is or how you’ll be commuting to work. Make sure to introduce yourself to the neighbors to start off on the right foot. Living in a loving, accepting community of people you know and trust can make a world of difference.
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