Congratulations, You Bought Your First Home! Now What?
Nothing compares to the thrill of signing on the dotted line for your very first home. However, exchanging contracts is by no means, the end of the story. In fact, it is the very beginning, as there are plenty of tasks that will need your attention as you move into your first home. Read on to find out what they are.
Give Your House the Once Over
Before doing anything else, even before you unpack it is very wise to give your home a good inspection. Indeed, there is no better time to do this than before it is stuffed with furniture and possessions.
Be on the lookout for any potential issues such as water or fire damage, damp, rot, or pest problems. After all, if you have just bought the property it will be the seller’s responsibility to let you know about these things, and if they haven’t you may be able to take legal action to offset the cost of having to resolve them yourself.
Connect Your Utilities and Appliances
The next task that you should complete when moving into your new home is connecting up your utilities and major appliances. First of all, that means taking a reading of your meters for electricity, water, and gas if applicable. You will need this when you contact your utility provider as it will help them establish when you should start paying for their service and what to charge the previous owners on their last bill.
Once you have your utilities set up it’s time to connect your larger appliances including the refrigerator, freezer, dishwasher, washing machine, and AC. Indeed, you may find that your new property already has an AC on site. Although, getting it checked to confirm that it is working properly is a good idea. Happily, there are plenty of specialists that offer emergency ac repair fast. Something that means you can get this task done just as quickly as all the others.
Catch Up on Your Paperwork
Ok, so I don’t mean taking time to do your filling. Instead, there are plenty of other paperwork-related tasks that you need to complete when you move home. The first of these is to make sure your friends and family know your new address, along with any official organisations like the tax office and your employer.
Your address will also need to be changed on things like your car registration, insurance policies, and at your banks. Be aware that for most things you will be able to do this online now, although for some you may have to attend in person or return a letter through the post.
Check Your Finances
Last of all, once you move into your new home it is a smart idea to check over your finances. This is because there are so many expenses connected with buying a home and moving, it is easy to go over budget. Something that could have a knock-on effect on your financial health unless you deal with it quickly after the move.