What you need to do After Buying a House

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The joy of finally owning your own house! Goodbye to squabbles with landlords. Now, you can do anything you want. You can paint any wall you want or even knock it down if you like! Well, subject to a planning permit.

Don't get too much into it, though. Moving into a new home means you will need to take immediate action to ensure that you are a successful homeowner, both now and in the years ahead. Here are some of the first things you should do after buying a new home.

Secure Your Home

Nowadays, most homes are equipped with security systems. Security cameras, video surveillance systems, fire alarms, and CCTV cameras. You will need to contact a security firm to get it set up. In addition, you may need to change your key or door lock. This is reasonable because the seller, like most people, has had neighbours, friends, and/or colleagues who they may have given a set of keys to the house.

Another way to secure, or protect your home, is to get an insurance cover. Home security systems can not be 100% effective, and on the rare occasion it fails and your valuables get stolen, Insurance keeps you covered. To enjoy this and other benefits, ensure you get insured by reputable companies like State Insurance.

Get a Professional House Cleaner

While many homes may look pretty clean, just having a brief look can’t give you true peace of mind. There may be unclean places you may have missed. A good idea is to set up a professional deep cleaning service before you start moving your belongings into the house. And it is not so expensive. The average deep cleaning for an empty house is $150 - $200.

You’ll be doing yourself a favor when you get a house cleaner. Doing the cleaning yourself will add to your stress. While having the cleaning company for the day, arrange that the entire premises are clean before moving home.

Have an Inventory

You should make an inventory of all the valuables in your home, using a handwritten list or taking photographs. This will not only help you, but it will also help your insurance company to speed up your claim. If you're unsure where to start, ask your agent for the best way to do it and make sure to keep your documentation somewhere safe.

Discuss the various options for insuring the new home with a reputable insurance broker and provide them with the list of valuables. The list will also determine the type of insurance the house would need, and the broker would be able to advise you better.

Tell your Friends and Family About your New Address

This can be as simple as sending a bulk text to your friends, family, colleagues, and co-workers. Besides your family and friends, other people such as your pension adviser, your investment manager, your bank, and your insurance company, as well as any other financial institution or investment firm, will also need to know where to send any correspondence.

Notifying others about the move will ensure that bills aren’t missed any and that friends and family can remain in contact. Some businesses like banks and schools may have policies that require their clients to immediately notify them of any address change, so it would be best to let them know in advance.

Transfer Utility Services into your Name

In the same way that your bank account needs to be in your name, so too must several utilities, such as electricity and water, if you are a new owner of your house. You may need your seller to help smooth the transfer process. Failure to make the transfer can result in a long-term loss of service.

Ask the utility company for a document that shows the transferred details, like a new copy of the latest bill. The statement of account will confirm the details are updated on their system, preventing future problems.

Meet the Neighbours

When a new owner moves into the apartment next door, neighbours tend to be keen to meet them. After securing your new home, go and meet with your neighbours.

Your house's security system may be safe, but sometimes the best security for your home is in the neighbourhood. Meeting with your neighbours is not only a neighbourly thing to do but also allows you to exchange contact information with them, just in case of an emergency.

Find Health Care Providers

Finding a health care provider for you and your family is one of the most important things to do when moving to a new home or a new city.

If you've had a recommendation from previous health professionals, you have nothing to worry about but if not, it is important that you find a doctor who is suitable for you, your children and your pets.

Buying a house is no easy feat. In fact, no task is more important. Once you have taken care of the above items, it's time to decorate, relax and start making memories.

Taking It All In 

There are many things to remember and consider after buying a new home, and it may make our heads spin. The main thing about a move should be that the new home brings joy to all who live there, and having the necessities in place can make a house feel like a home in no time.