If you just bought your first home, you’re probably still celebrating and feeling the sense of pride and accomplishment that comes with home ownership. You’re shopping for furniture, drawing up plans for renovations … but wait! There are some important tasks to cross off your list before you get to the fun stuff.
1) Change the locks.
A lot of people may have come into possession of your house keys during previous ownership. Protect yourself by changing all the locks.
2) Make copies.
You will receive copies of your closing documents either in paper or electronic format at closing. If you received paper copies, make sure these are stored in a safe, dry place. If you received electronic copies, save the file to an external hard drive device as a backup.
3) Make sure to put in a change of address with the post office.
If you’re in a multi-unit building, make sure to put your name on your mailbox and verify that the buzzer or call box is working.
4) Meet your neighbors.
It’s not just about being cordial. It’s good to exchange contact information with your neighbors in the event there is a problem in your neighborhood or condominium complex.
5) Prepare for emergencies.
Store the contact info for insurance agents and services like plumbers and locksmiths in a safe place. Your smart phone is an ideal place to store all of this information.