You just purchased your first home in Rhode Island – congratulations! You won the bidding wars, got a great interest rate, and saved and saved for that down payment. Buying your first home is a huge deal and is something that should be celebrated. The work however is not done just yet. After securing your first home there are a few things you should do right away in order to set yourself up for success. Let’s dive right into it and review the top 10 things you should do after you purchase your first home.
1. Change the Locks and Secure Your Home
This may seem like a no-brainer but it is so so important and something that is often overlooked as it is a “smaller task.” Change your locks and the garage codes. You may even want to think of doing this before you move in to prevent the previous owners from entering your home. Typically the cost for doing this is a pretty low fee and you can usually complete this task on your own.
Be sure to check for extra keys that may have been left by the previous owner. Check the top of doors, under mats, and even under rocks by the front door to ensure none were left.
2. Set Up Your New Address
You definitely want to keep getting your birthday cards so be sure to share your new address with friends and family! And, your employer will need to be notified. Just send a quick email to the HR Department so they can get that updated.
The U.S Post Office makes it very easy to set up mail forwarding and you can do so on their website.
3. Review Home Warranties
If you purchased your home with a home warranty provided by the seller that is great! This means that you will not have to deal with a broken refrigerator, appliance, or other major issues.
If you did not receive a home warranty with the purchase of your home shop around for one. There are so many options available that you can choose one that is tailored to your needs. This is something that should be purchased quickly to prevent any issues.
4. Clean and Paint
Before moving all your items into your new home try and get a thorough cleaning done. Check window treatments to ensure all windows are safe and check the blinds as well. Painting prior to moving any of your stuff in is always easier so if you have the option to do so, we would recommend doing that.
5. Connect Utilities
Plan ahead on utilities to make your move seamless. Be sure to check with your local providers to determine the process and how far in advance you need to schedule a turn-on. No one wants to move boxes in the dark!
6. Learn Where Security Items are
When moving in, make sure you know where smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors are located. Test carbon monoxide detectors and, replace the batteries in all smoke and carbon monoxide detectors around your new home to make sure they are working properly. You will also want to purchase new fire extinguishers. It is recommended to have on in your kitchen as well as on each floor of the house.
Homelight, recommends having an emergency kit as well. Emergency kits could include items like:
- First Aid Kit
Customize your emergency kit to fit your needs and be sure it’s placed somewhere safe and accessible.
7. Create a Maintenance To-Do List
After purchasing your house address any issues that were shown in the inspection report that the seller was not responsible to fix. Using this report will allow you to create a quick list and take care of important items in a timely manner. Focus on issues such as dirty gutters, leaking pipes, or windows first to prevent bigger issues in the future.
8. Create a Maintenance Schedule
Items in your home will need consistent updates in order to stay safe, working properly, and clean. Take your AC unit, for example, this is something that needs to be serviced regularly in order to ensure you are getting your money’s worth. Keep a list of items that may need regular maintenance and find pros that can help you with this.
9. Find Storage and Organize
As you unpack throw things away that you no longer need. Have a sweatshirt from your Middle School Baseball days? Chuck it, you will never use it again. Look into storage options that work best for you and your family to make the most out of your space.
10. Introduce yourself to the neighbors
Your home is finally safe, up to date, and designed how you want it! Now, the fun begins. Start introducing yourself to your neighbors and maybe even host a housewarming party.
Final Thoughts on Buying Your New Home
Buying a home is such an exciting time but just remember the work isn’t done once you get the keys. It’s a marathon, not a race and when you need help from professionals, download the Dibbs app.