After you buy a house, there’s always a million things to do. You have to move your stuff, transfer your utilities, call the cable guy, change your address everywhere, and transfer your entire life to a new home.
The last thing that you want to hear is that there’s more to do. However, there are some things that you can do after the buy and before/during/right after the move that will save you headaches down the road. Here are 5 things to do right away after buying a house to help you with your move to a new home.
Take that inspector’s report that you got made during the buying process – you held onto that, right? If not, it’s probably in your escrow papers. Anyway, grab that and check it over. Find the issues that they mentioned and get them fixed as quickly as possible. It’s easier (and you’ll see this refrain through the article) to do things in the house before you have things moved in. Go down the list and get things squared away before you move in.
Take a hard look at your home. Think like a burglar. I know that you’re all upstanding citizens who would never consider criminal actions, but put it in your mindset. Look for low windows, potential ingress points like sliding glass doors, garage doors with windows on the front that can be broken into. Change the locks. You never know who has had a copy of those keys. It’s also a great time to call security companies, to help get the place secured while you’re still getting the place setup.
One of the most important thing to take care of on the inspector’s report is water damage. It’s so important it gets its own section. A leaky toilet can look like a minor issue compared to other problems, but water damage can cost you thousands of dollars in repairs if you let it go. Same thing with your roof. By the time you see water on your ceiling, your attic has been taking on water for some time.
Check all of the smoke and carbon monoxide detectors while the house is empty. Who knows, the old owners may have taken the batteries with them when they left (it’s happened!) and you could have no warning. Going around an empty house with a ladder is far easier than doing it in a house full of furniture. While you’re at it, check for other potential safety hazards. You could have a weird step that everyone trips on, or your fridge could be leaking water on the floor, or any number of things. Make sure that everyone knows where the emergency exits are. Be prepared and safe, and get it together while the place is empty.
Almost every home needs some caulking help. Caulk isn’t a forever solution, and has to be replaced periodically. It’s easier to go around and check the place for caulk issues while it’s empty and you can see all of the corners and walls than it will be after the move.
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