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Apr 18, 2019

A Homeowner’s Move-In Checklist

Congrats on your new home! There are few personal accomplishments that compare to the thrill of buying a house, whether you’re a first-time homeowner or moving on from your starter home. After what is often a stressful process, you’re sure to feel a sense of relief and excitement when the papers are signed and you are finally handed the keys to your new castle.

While you’re probably eager to begin unpacking, renovating and re-decorating, there are a few important housekeeping items you should look into before becoming too comfortable and distracted by paint samples and furniture sales.

  1. Do a thorough walkthrough: Chances are, it’s been several weeks and possibly months since you’ve been in your new house. Do a thorough walkthrough of the house and property to ensure that everything is how it was agreed upon in the purchase. This is also a great opportunity to further familiarize yourself with your new place.
  2. Start with a deep clean: Your home will never be this empty again! Use this opportunity to give yourself a fresh start by treating your new home to a deep clean. Steam clean any carpeted floors, wipe down empty cabinets and disinfect the bathrooms. Too tired from moving to clean? Look into professional cleaning services! 
  3. Change the locks: While the previous owner was required to hand in their set of keys, you can never be too safe when it comes to protecting your home. The previous owner may have a copy they had forgotten about, or perhaps given copies to relatives or friends. Changing the locks on your new home will bring you peace of mind as you settle in. 
  4. Let everyone know about your change of address: Aside from family and friends, be sure to communicate your new address to those who are sending you information and bills on a regular basis, including student loan providers, your insurance companies and banks, and your credit card companies. Start by letting the post office know of your address change so they can forward your mail and recognize not to give you the previous homeowner’s mail. Also, look twice before placing an online order to make sure you’ve entered your new residence! 
  5. Check alarms: Do a quick check to make sure all smoke and carbon monoxide alarms are functioning properly. 
  6. Locate shut-off valves and the fuse box: It’s important to know where these home essentials are in case of an emergency leak or a power outage. 
  7. Gather your important documents: Moving can be messy. Don’t wait too long before gathering all your important documents (birth certificate, social security card, etc.) and finding a safe place for them. 
  8. Get your utilities up and running: Ideally, this is coordinated before you move in. But, just in case it wasn’t, make your utilities the first thing on your list.  
  9. Hook up your television and internet: Once you have your essentials taken care of, make arrangements with your phone, television and internet providers. 
  10. Stock up on essentials: Have all your essentials at the ready, including paper towels, toilet paper, soap, garbage bags, batteries and a first aid kit. 

And, last but not least, enjoy your new home! Buying a house is a big accomplishment – allow yourself some time to appreciate how far you’ve come since you first started your home-search and begin planning for the exciting times ahead.

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