You’ve closed on your new home and scheduled the moving company. But before you spend the first night, you have some preparing, updating and socializing to do. To make the transition into your next location safe and enjoyable, keep this new home checklist top of mind:
- Copy and store housing documents. After the closing, make three copies of your house closing documents. Store the originals in a safe-deposit box at your financial institution, and keep one set accessible in your home (preferably in a fireproof safe). You can allow home insurance providers to borrow the third copy as they set up your coverage.
- Change the locks. Replace the manual lock sets on all the home’s exterior entry doors. Don’t forget about any doors connecting an enclosed garage, greenhouse or pool to the main part of your home. Check storage sheds and detached garages for locks that need to be updated, as well.
- Update all keypad codes. Reset the numeric entry codes for electronic garage doors, gates and any other entry doors in the home. If the previous owner didn’t leave any instructions, look up the keypad manufacturer online, where many offer instructions for resetting their units.
- Personalize the mailbox and front doorbell button. Add your name and fresh address numbers, if they appear worn.
- Adjust the hot water heater. If you have small children in the home, dial the water temperature down to 120 degrees Fahrenheit or lower to reduce the risk of unexpected bathwater burns.
- Schedule a deep cleaning. If you have carpet, a swimming pool, a hot tub or a home gym, you’ll want these areas professionally sanitized before moving in. Central vacuum and HVAC units should also be inspected.
- Update your address. Supply your employer, financial intuitions, loan companies, insurance providers, utilities and any business you frequently make payments to with your updated contact details. Luckily, much of this work can be completed online.
- Visit the local schools. Let the school districts know your family will be moving to the area soon and you have children who need to transfer to a new school. Your current school district will initiate this process by collecting pertinent paperwork as soon as you tell them you’re relocating.
- Measure your windows. While you have clear access, decide what types of window treatments you want, measure the spaces and start shopping. You can also hire an interior designer to conduct this work, while you prep the rest of the house. Once you move in, you’ll want privacy as you unpack.
- Freshen the interior. If you need to paint, replace flooring, add closet organizers, update light fixtures or replace cabinetry, do it before bringing your furniture and personal items into the home.
- Be social. Pick some flowers from your garden or make a batch of cookies and head out to meet your new neighbors. Exchange names and phone numbers, and ask about neighborhood social gatherings. If you have children, you could also inquire about play groups in the area.
Settling down into your new house shouldn’t be stressful. Use this new home checklist to feel prepared and excited about your upcoming move. If you need assistance selling your old home, visit Owners.com for more information and helpful tips, tricks and advice.
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