New Homeowner's Checklist
As a real estate brokerage, we understand what goes in to buying a new home, and the excitement of it! What we also understand is how overwhelming the entire process (from touring homes, to negotiations, to contracts, to the actual purchase, closing, and finally - moving in) can be.
So, you have the keys in hand to your new home and you are all moved in, now what? Don't worry - we have put together a checklist of important tasks you should do as a new homeowner.
Some things to think about prior to moving in:
Prior to moving in to your new home, or even if you are already settled in, you should start brainstorming and creating a list of tasks or projects that need to be done in or around the house. It is not likely that you would purchase a home that doesn't need a few things fixed or updated to meet your standards. Here are some tips on creating your list:
- Prioritize. You should always ensure the safety of your home as top priority! For example, tasks or projects that need to be done before the winter should be first on your list.
- Consider your budget. Everything on your list does not need to be done within the next week or so. Keep your budget in mind, and plan your tasks and projects around what you can afford.
- Determine the difference between tasks and projects. It may be helpful to separate which activities on your list could be considered tasks (can be done in a day) or projects (take over a day to complete). This may help in the planning and prioritization of your "to-do list".
Need some ideas?
Here are some tasks to get your "to-do list" started:
Ensure Your Safety
Don't assume the set of keys you have to your house are the only existing set! Changing the locks should be a task that is closer to the top of your list to be completed right away. You can buy new locks and install them yourself or call a locksmith to do it for you.
Be sure to do a quick check-up on your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors. Make sure batteries do not need to be changed out, and run a test to make certain everything is working properly. You may also want to place a fire extinguisher on each floor of your home if there isn't one already. It is important that everyone living in the home knows where to find one and how to use it.
Another important task is to have your heating and cooling systems cleaned and serviced, especially before it gets too cold or too hot in order to avoid experiencing issues. Check with your realtor or even a neighbor or friend if you need a referral for a good company to hire to perform this maintenance for you.
It's time to break out the cleaning supplies! Buckets, brooms, cleaners, mops, sponges... the list goes on! You'll definitely want to wash every surface of your home such as cabinets, counters, windows, fixtures, floors, and carpets. Not only will it look and feel cleaner, but you'll feel like you are finally home.
Now the fun begins! Or, if painting for you is a dreadful task, hire someone! First thing is first, you're going to want to wipe down the walls and make sure any holes or cracks are fixed prior to starting the first coat of paint.
While choosing colors seems to be the uncomplicated part, if you can't decide on one just yet, try opting for neutral colors. You may find that it is easier to match your furniture with and you can always change it later on if you want.
Painting will also give you the chance to buy new switch plates and install them after you are done. This will certainly give each room in your home a clean, new feeling.
While everyone loves to hate organizing, this is a great opportunity to make it as painless as possible! What will be most helpful is to envision what items belong to which closet, cabinet, or drawer in your new home. Once you have a general idea of where everything will go, you can start by buying (or making your own) organizers. This will make moving in and living in your new home so convenient and easy!
What's the #1 item to do on your list? Share it with us in the comments below. Happy list-making!