Signing your name along the dotted line at the closing table means the end of a journey for the potential homeowner, but it also means that another journey is just beginning: home ownership. Yet before you start that one, there a few things that you can do which will make your transition into your new home smooth and easy, and we’ve decided to highlight some of the ones that we think you should pay special attention to. Keep on reading to find out what they are!
Schedule A Deep Clean
Setting up a deep clean for your home will allow you to move in to your new home on a fresh start. While the house was pretty clean during the entire buying process, having it deep cleaned gives you the satisfaction of having an almost-new home, and literally gives you a fresh start!
Change the Locks
Now that it’s your own home, make sure that the locks are your own, too. Changing your locks within the first few weeks of moving in gives you the peace of mind that no unwanted guests with old keys can enter. Believe it or not, this can be an overlooked action after moving into a home, so make sure you put it on your checklist now!
Meet Your Neighbors
Go out, be social, and get to know the people whom you will be spending time living next to! No need to do anything fancy—a simple knock on their front door and a subsequent introduction will be enough to start off a neighborly relationship on a good foot. If you want to do a little extra, bring some fresh flowers or cookies with you—they will certainly go a long way.
Save Your Documents
Out of all the items to do after moving in, saving your documents is incredibly important. Don’t just leave the mortgage lying on the counter—either invest in a safe for your home and store it there, or better yet, put it in a safe deposit box at the bank. Having a copy of all of your documents can be incredibly helpful, as you may never know when you may need it.
Settling down in your new home can be a little stressful, but it doesn’t have to be. Stick to these main tips, and you should be cruising right into homeownership.
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