The event of purchasing your first home is quite an accomplishment. It can give you a true sense of independence and pride. As you go through the process of moving and unpacking, there are some things that you need to think about as you settle in. Becoming a homeowner is rewarding but are also some steps that you can take to make sure everything is safe and working properly.
1. Home Security
I suggest calling a locksmith to change the keys even if your home is new construction. It is not usually a big expense and will give you the peace of mind that the keys you have are the only keys out there.
You may also look into having a security system installed. These services can help protect you from fire, water damage and of course, theft. Check with your homeowner’s insurance company. Many times the cost of the security system can be off set through discounts on your coverage.
2. Have Specific Home Systems Checked
If you have purchased a pre-owned home, you will want to have your home systems checked out by a professional. Many new homeowners will rely on the information from a pre-purchase home inspection. While home inspectors have a lot of knowledge about the general condition of a home, they are not experts on specific systems. It is a good idea to have the heating and cooling system serviced as well as the water heater and even the exterior of your home. Things like the roof, and decks can have hidden issues that can be costly and even dangerous if left unchecked.
Also, if your home has a fireplace, having the chimney cleaned and inspected can prevent disaster down the road. One of the most common causes of house fires is the fireplace and chimney.
3. Organizing Documents and Information
The first few days after moving into a new home can be hectic. With boxes piled everywhere and stacks of belongings waiting to be organized, it can be easy to lose important documents and information about your new home in the shuffle. Take time to place all owners manuals, warranty information and other paperwork in one location. Of course we recommend using HomeNav to safely store all of this important information as well as a tool for your home inventory. If you don’t have the time, we would be happy to help.
4. Basic Tools
Even if you are not handy at all, it is a good idea to have some basic tools. These can be useful for hanging pictures and assembling furniture. Here is a list of tools that you may need.
- Claw Hammer
- Screw Drivers Flathead & Phillips
- Wire Cutters
- Utility Knife
- Adjustable Wrench
- Hex Wrench Set
- Small Cordless Drill & Drill Bits
- Staple Gun
- Tape Measure
You can often find all of these as a set at your local home store or online for less than $50. You don’t have to buy the highest quality set, just the basics will be a good start.
Most Importantly…. Enjoy Your New Home!
As a new homeowner, you have a lot to look forward to over the years as you enjoy your home. By following these tips, you can enjoy your home with peace of mind.