Buying your dream home can be one of the most exciting times in a new homeowner’s life. Right after buying your dream house, though, there are some steps that you can take right away to make sure that your home is safe so that you can enjoy it for as long as possible. Between some initial maintenance and paperwork, these crucial first steps to home ownership can help make your dream last throughout not just your lifetime, but for generations to come if you so choose. Having a home is a large responsibility, but taking some of these steps as soon as you buy your home will make for a hassle free home ownership.
Some homes, especially some slightly older homes, may require a bit of initial maintenance before you can truly start calling it a home. Nevertheless, even if your new home is brand new, there are some things that you will want to do before you move in or as soon after you move in as possible.
Fix the Little Things
In older homes that are recent purchases especially, there may be a few small fixer upper tasks that you want to get done before your home can feel like a home. It is better to do these either before you move in or immediately after you move all your boxes in. That way, you do not forget about the issue so that it cannot progressively get worse.
Some of these things you may be able to do yourself or with the help of a relative, but sometimes you need to trust professionals to do the work for you. Investing in professional help now can save you hundreds in repairs later if the problem gets any worse.
Do a Thorough Inspection
While you probably thoroughly checked out the house before you bought it, there are some other features of the house that you may want to check out before you move in and call it a home. Checking on the insulation of the house itself is a key first step in this process as well as making sure that there is nothing clogging the gutters. Then, check the insulation on the water heater to make sure it will retain its heat even on the coldest of nights.
Sometimes, through no fault of the realtor or of the buyer, these small things get overlooked in the buying process. As long as you check them out before you make yourself at home and have problems, you should have an enjoyable home ownership experience.
Keep It Clean
Before you bring in all of your own belongings and furniture, you should do some preliminary cleaning. This prevents you from having to clean around your own things after you move in since the stress of moving and the controlled chaos that comes with a new home can help clutter and dirt pile up quickly. Be sure to
- Dust and mop any floors before moving in your furniture
- Disinfect countertops
- Clean windows
- Vacuum any carpets and rugs that you have
- Keep your things tidy and organized once you move them in so that you can more easily find them
Don’t Forget the Paperwork
Not everything that you should do when you first move in has to do with the physical house itself. There are some key pieces of paperwork that you should fill out upon moving into your first home that will also prevent future headaches.
Get Homeowners Insurance
Homeowners insurance can help you if anything happens to your home in any sort of natural disaster or if someone breaks into your home and steals your belongings. Find the best homeowners insurance policy for you and your family today so that you do not have to worry as much about what might happen tomorrow.
Homeowners insurance is an excellent investment so that you and your family can have peace of mind in knowing that your home is safe.
Have Your Tax Documents in Order
When tax season rolls around or whenever your children start applying for financial aid, you are going to need some important documents from your home buying experience. Make sure that you keep all of them in a safe file for easy access and that you remember where they are at all times when necessary.
You will need to keep track of documents such as the settlement statement, the 1098 Form, and any real estate tax receipts that you have from any part of the home buying process to make sure that you accurately represent yourself on your yearly tax return.
Make a Home Maintenance Checklist
If you feel inspired after your initial maintenance check of your home, be sure to write it down so that you can perform at least annual checks on those same things that you looked at when you first moved in to your dream home. This checklist should include some of the same things that you looked at when you moved in, like checking the insulation and the gutters, but also some other things that come with the wear and tear of a house like checking its foundations and making sure your doors and windows have good seals.
Maintenance checklists can save you hundreds in home repairs depending on how frequently and how in depth you go. Doing some of these in the spring along with your spring cleaning is a is a great way to make sure it gets done every year.
Enjoy Your Newfound Home Ownership
Owning your own home is a sign of a healthy, happy life. These are bound to be some of the best years of your life for you and your family, and you deserve the most out of these years. Maintaining your home both physically and financially through having homeowners insurance and by having all of your tax documents in order to reflect your home buying process well. Being a first time homeowner does not come without its challenges, but it is so worth it to be able to live in your dream home and to live out the life that you have always wanted.