So you decided to buy a house and you are ready to close. This time can be very exciting and stressful since so many things are going on. Packing, moving, changing utilities over, maybe even switching schools… When you do purchase a home please make sure to remember these 3 things.
1. Sellers Do Not Clean the Way Professionals Do
Many times when I am doing a final walk through with a client or after the house has closed, buyers comment on the uncleanliness of the home. I recommend getting a professional cleaner into the home BEFORE you move in. Personally, I give my buyers a closing gift and this has been something that I have gifted in the past. Sellers will never clean the house the way you want and that’s okay, just prepare for it and hire it out before your belongings move in! A lot of companies clean vacant homes at very reasonable prices that vary with square footage.
2. Get a Home Warranty
If the house you purchased did not come with a home warranty; buy one. Lets face it, being a home owner means you are responsible for everything in your home. No more calling a landlord to fix the problem. It is your problem and things can and do malfunction. Home warranties cost $300-$500, so at most, it will cost you maybe $40/month. This will give you a peace of mind knowing that if something stops working, like a water heater, washer/dryer, AC, you can pay $60 to have someone come out and repair or replace it! You also can extend the warranty after the 1 year mark with a lot of companies. Click here for the blog I wrote on home warranties.
3. Change the Locks
Call a locksmith and schedule an appointment. You never know who has keys to your house. The sellers may have given family, friends, or even neighbors keys at some point. This cost can range but expect to pay around $200. You can also reprogram the garage door openers. Garage door manuals are readily available online, if the homeowner did not leave one.
Becoming a home owner comes with its share of responsibilities. But it also comes with the freedom to never have to rent again and pay someone else’s mortgage for them. I think one of the biggest pieces of advice that I can give to a new home owner is to be excited. You maneuvered through the home buying process and can now enjoy your new home. Making new memories, laughing with friends & family, having a pride of ownership… You did it, now enjoy it!