by Janet Nettles
After all the hard work you and your realtor did you are now a
Now what do you do? This may be your first home or your dream home,
but you have several things left to do.
FIRST THINGS FIRST
The packet of papers you received at closing will be helpful at tax time.
They also may be needed in the further, so put them in a safety deposit
All utilities should have been turned on in your name. If not, change immediately.
As a new homeowner, the first thing you should do is have all the door locks changed.
Before you move in you may want to have any painting done.
Have carpets cleaned or replaced.
Change out appliances.
Have your mailing address changed to your new home.
Unpack. Set your house up as you wish.
Meet your neighbors.
GUARD YOUR INVESTMENT
Having purchased your home and moved in, protect your largest asset.
Your insurance company may suggest that you make a video of each room, as well as photos.
Place these items in a safety deposit box at your local bank.
As the value of your home increases, so should your insurance coverage.
Your insurance agent can help you with a yearly insurance check-up.
BRING ON THE FUN!
Plan your first summer BBQ. Have your first backyard softball game.
Put up a volleyball net or basketball goal. Sit back and enjoy your yard.
Enjoy watching the kids or pets playing in their own yard.
Planet a garden or add flowers. Put up a bird feeder.
It’s your yard!
WITH OWNERSHIP COMES RESPONSIBILITIES
Safe-guard your investments.
Remember to winterize your home.
Open the vents in the spring.
Cut the grass in the summer.
Rack the leaves in the fall.
ENJOY YOUR NEW HOME