Buying a new home is an exciting thing. If this is your first home, it is even more exciting. It can also be a confusing time. Homeowners need to do things that renters don’t and trying to figure out what things are necessary can be over-whelming at times. The following tips for new homeowners should help relieve some of that initial stress.
Reassess Homeowner’s Insurance
In the excitement of filing paperwork and doing taking care of the hundreds of other details of buying a new home, you may have purchased too much or too little home insurance. Now that things are less hectic, re-evaluated your needs and adjust the amount accordingly. While you are at it, place the payment in your budget so that you are prepared each month.
Take Care of Utilities
If you haven’t already, make sure all the utilities are turned on and in your name. Check that the billing address is correct and, if possible, discuss a budget-billing plan with as many utility companies as you can. This will make monthly budgeting easier. Don’t forget water, sewer and trash, items you may not have had to consider as a renter.
Find and Label Utilities
One of the most important tips for new homeowners is to locate your breaker box and all water shut-off valves. Take time now to label what each one is and prepare a list for your personal files to locate them easily should an emergency arise. Taking the time now will help save both time and frustration later. Final Words
Now that the majority of the details are out of the way, it is time to move in. The following tips for new homeowners will help you feel safe and at home. almost immediately:
*Send out change of address cards so friends and family can find you easily.
*Tour the neighborhood, on foot if possible, to get familiar with the lay of the land and possibly meet a few neighbors.
*Move in and congratulate yourself on a job well done. You deserve a rest!