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After months of research, saving, and planning, you’ve finally reached your goal. Congratulations; you’re officially a homeowner! 

A word of caution, though: although your closing is complete, there’s still work to do. From the logistics of moving to learning the new lay of the land, there’s a plethora of things new homeowners need to buy and do. 

To help you plan, we’ve compiled a list of what to do when you move into a new house.  

 

New Homeowner Tips 

 

  1.   Plan the move.

Secure sufficient help to move your things to the new place and be sure to have a backup plan in case the unexpected happens.

  1.   Get connected

Contact your utility and service providers to connect services in your new location under your name. Be sure to include electric, gas, phone, water, cable, internet and other services you rely on each day. Don’t forget to also schedule the shut-offs for your previous location, if it applies.

  1.   Forward your mail

File a ‘change of address form’ with the post office to begin the process. It could take up to two weeks to complete, so start early. 

  1.   Stock the emergency fund. 

As a homeowner, when something breaks, you (not the landlord) must fix it. Be sure your emergency savings takes into account for this change. 

  1.   Clean house

It’s a much easier task when the house is empty. If your budget allows, hire a cleaning service to get a professional, nook-n-cranny deep cleaning.

 

New homeowner tips

 

  1.   Change your locks. 

One of the first things to do after closing on a house is change all the locks and get spare keys made. Who knows how many copies the previous owner has! 

  1.   Prepare for the worst. 

Locate and test the items you’ll need in case of an emergency, including the main breaker; fire extinguishers and alarms; CO2 detectors; water ‘shut-off’ valve, etc. 

        • Also check warranties and manuals for any previously owned appliances, and have your yard marked for underground utilities. Be sure your family discusses a new emergency preparedness plan and escape routes in the event of an evacuation. 
  1.   Spray for pests. 

Avoid unpleasant surprises and hire an exterminator to spray your exterior and interior for bugs. 

  1.   Scout out the land

Take time to tour the neighborhood and meet your new neighbors. You’ll likely learn when your garbage and recycling days are, the best local shops and services, and maybe even make a few new friends. 

  1. Take some time off.  

Don’t underestimate your move. Even with professional movers, moving can be overwhelming. Schedule enough time off work, and keep your weekends as free as possible until you’re settled in. 

 

Planning is crucial to a successful and smooth move. Make sure you’re in the know of all the things you’ll need to think about and take care of as a new homeowner. Use our new homeowner tips here to know in advance what to do when you move into a new house.

 

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About the Author:

Danielle Flynn

As a Movement blog contributor, Danielle Flynn gets to mix her healthy obsession for creative, high-quality writing with a background in financial services. She's a native Charlottean and UNC Charlotte grad who splits her writing time with wedding and event planning. When she's not working, Danielle volunteers in a weekly Bible education ministry and enjoys traveling the world with her husband and spending time with family and friends.