Congratulations on becoming a homeowner! With the paperwork done and the keys in your hand, it’s time to shift your focus to the exciting journey of making your new house a home. To help you navigate this transition, we’ve curated a comprehensive checklist of essential tasks to prioritize after moving in. Check out our new homeowner survival guide!
1. Update your address and driver’s license
Start your journey by updating your address with the relevant parties. Notify the post office, banks, subscriptions, and any other important contacts. Ensuring your mail reaches you is crucial during this phase. Additionally, don’t forget to update your driver’s license and vehicle registration with your new address to stay compliant and accurate.
2. Set up utilities and internet services
Prioritize comfort by ensuring your utilities – electricity, water, gas, and sewage – are activated. In today’s connected world, setting up reliable internet and cable services is equally important.
3. Familiarize yourself with nearby services
Explore your new neighborhood and locate essential services such as hospitals, police stations, fire departments, and even a veterinarian for your furry friends. Additionally, find nearby amenities like grocery stores and pharmacies to ensure you’re well-prepared.
4. Change or rekey locks
Prioritize your security by either changing or rekeying the locks. This simple step ensures you control access to your home. While you’re at it, consider enhancing your security with smart home security systems for added peace of mind.
5. Turn your home inspection report into a maintenance checklist
Your home inspection report can be a valuable resource. Use it as a guide to prioritize maintenance tasks and improvements. For contractors and services, don’t hesitate to contact your real estate agent (*us*) for recommendations from our extensive network.
6. Schedule a deep clean
Now that any work has been completed in your new house, it’s time to get it cleaned! Prepare your new space by scheduling a deep clean before unpacking. This way, you start with a fresh canvas, making it easier to organize and arrange your belongings.