The new homeowner's to-do list should be divided into two basic categories. Let's take a look at the top things that need to go on the list.
Before You Move In
- Get Connected
One of the first things to do before moving into your new home is to make sure the utilities have been connected and are running properly. From electricity to gas and Internet to phone, make sure everything is as expected.
- Security and Address
The locks of the house and your home address will need to be changed before moving in. Updating your mailing address will ensure all relevant and important documents will reach you and not end somewhere else.
- Start Cataloging
Make sure to collect all important documents and valuables and take note of them. It doesn't hurt to take pictures of everything as well, right before the move. It never hurts to have additional proof for insurance claims if an accident were to happen. By taking pictures, you can create proof of possession and condition of the item.
- Cleaning and Improvements
Make your first few days living in a new home that much nicer with a deep clean ahead of time. From washing windows to cleaning the carpets, cleaning tasks are easier in an empty house.
- Sleeping Area
The first area of the new home that needs attention is the sleeping area. Make sure the beds are assembled and ready to use as soon as possible.
After You Move In
One of the first things to do when moving into a new home is to stop by the homeowner's association (HOA). The HOA will fill you in on all the rules regarding how to live and what to expect. Everything from trash pickup days to gardening rules can be found out at the HOA office.
- Children and Pets
If you have children and pets, then show them around the home, yard and take them for a walk in the new setting. Children and pets need to feel comfortable when put in a new environment. If there is no fence around the yard, then it may be time to start thinking about adding one.
- Start Planning Before Digging
Many new homeowners make the mistake of digging up the ground around the house as part of new landscaping projects. Call 811, the national dig safety hotline, before the shovel meets the ground to avoid hitting utility lines.
- The Neighbors
Once you move in, the first few days are going to be chaotic. If you have friendly neighbors, they may show up with food. Regardless, it's a good idea to meet your neighbors, especially those nearby. They could help you in times of need or emergency.
- The Previous Home
After settling in your new home, don't forget about the old abode. Arrange a cleaning crew to make it spotless for future users.
Compiling a list will give you a clear picture of what needs to be done and take away the stress of being a new homeowner. Contact us for all your real estate needs.