You’ve actually done it! After what seems like an eternity, you have found a house that you want to call home, your bid was accepted and you went to closing. Now you have the keys in your hand and you can’t help by wonder if it’s all real or if you are just dreaming. My husband and I were looking for a quick getaway so we wanted to find out more about Atlantic City bus trips from Long Island.
Well, pinch yourself, because you have just purchased your first house! Congratulations! Unlocking that door for the first time and stepping over the threshold is definitely surreal, but once you snap back into reality, you need to start figuring out how to turn that house into your home.
Where do you begin? What do you need to take care of when you move into your first home? Here are some tips for property virgins from real estate agents that have helped countless homeowners find their first home.
File Your Important Paperwork
There is so much important paperwork that comes along with buying a house. The deed to the house, the mortgage agreement, the insurance documents; these are all extremely important things that need to be filed immediately.
Find a safe place for these documents, like a fireproof safe, and tuck it away somewhere where you can easily access it. Make sure you make a few copies of the keys to the safe and keep all copies of the keys in a safe place that you can remember. You never know when you’ll have to put your hands on those important documents, and knowing exactly where they are and that they are safe will definitely give you peace of mind (and save you from a lot of potential headaches down the line.)
This may seem like an obvious thing to point out, but it’s mentioned more to give you tips for how to unpack. Unpacking the entire contents of a house can be very overwhelming. To prevent yourself from becoming over burdened, make a plan. For example, choose the room that is the most important to you and start there. For many people, the kitchen is the room that they unpack first; for others, it’s the bedroom.Whatever room you pick to unpack first, try to get it completely unpacked before you move onto the next one. Working on one room at a time will make the process less daunting and will make you feel accomplished. When my wife and I decided to remodel our kitchen, we found all of the supplies we needed at a kitchen showroom Long Island.
Think About the Landscape
Even if the house you purchased has the most incredible landscape, it’s still something that you are going to want to think about when you first move in. Lawns grow, flowers need to be watered and trees need to be trimmed. Do you have the tools that you will need to maintain the landscape? Are you going to hire a professional landscaper? If the landscape is overgrown or it just doesn’t appeal to you, what are you going to do to improve it? Landscaping does so much for a house, including making it feel like home. Knowing how you are going to address the landscaping soon after you move in will ensure that your house looks and feels like your home.
Make Copies of the Keys
It’s a wise idea to make copies of your house keys as soon as you move in. You are going to want to have a copy for each person who lives in the house who is old enough, and you are also going to want to have at least one spare set.
Hide the spare set in an inconspicuous location on your property so that you can access it should you get locked out. Alternatively (and a safer option) is to give the spare set to someone that you trust. When our house was damaged by a flood in Hurricane Sandy, we immediately contacted our Brooklyn insurance broker so that we could file a claim and get the money we needed to make the necessary repairs.
Inspect Your Major Appliances
Many people immediately think of the washer, dryer, stove, refrigerator and dishwasher as their only appliances. But they are overlooking your most costly home appliance is a big mistake. That appliance is your oil burner. We recommend hiring a home heating oil expert like Suffolk Oil to come to your new home and give it an inspection before it fails in the first frozen spell of winter or cheap repairs evolve into major repairs.