Realtor - Amanda S. Davidson: 5 Must Do’s After Buying A Home

5 Must Do’s After Buying A Home

 

5 Must Do’s After Buying A Home

After going through all of the steps it takes to buy a home it’s finally ALL yours! You are a happy new homeowner. You can paint the walls and customize it as much as you like but, before you dive into setting up your nest be sure to take care of these things first. The reason behind them are obvious!

 

Change The Locks – unless you purchased a new construction home you have no idea how many keys are floating around. Maybe the seller forgot they’d given a key to someone years ago or maybe someone they gave a key too made a copy. It is imperative to change locks immediately after closing. That’s true even if you don’t plan on moving in right away. It’s your call on whether you replace the locks all together or have them rekeyed, just make sure you get one or the other done immediately.

 

 

 

Change Key Codes – many homes have key codes for the garage doors or gates, some even have them for the front door. All of these should be changed as soon as you close on your home. As with the locks to your new home you have no way of knowing who the seller has shared the code with over the years.

 

Share Your New Address – people always share the life-changing news that they’ve become homeowners but, with that comes the need to also update friends, family, creditors, and really anyone you receive mail from of your new address. It’s hard, possibly next to impossible to remember every company you need to notify and because of that, you should also submit a change of address with the post office.

 

 

Replace Batteries In Smoke Detectors – chances are the home you’ve just purchased has smoke detectors. The home inspector you used very likely tested them but, do you really know when the batteries were last replaced? Having working smoke detectors is a must and it’s a good habit to get into to change the batteries every year. If the smoke detectors have taken on a yellow hue it may be time for a replacement. While you’re at it go ahead and check the carbon monoxide detectors too.

 


 

Review Your Home Inspection Report – remember those minor repairs in the inspection report that weren’t warranted to ask the seller to take care of? Go back and make a list of what you think needs to be done. Over time minor repairs can turn into major repairs if they aren’t taken care of.

 


 

Closing on a home is exciting but, it can also be overwhelming because there’s so much going on. To avoid trying to remember all the little details that you need to take care of make a list and check items off as you go. You’ll have peace of mind knowing that everything is taken care of and then be able to enjoy settling into your new home.

 

 

 

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Comment balloon 28 commentsAmanda S. Davidson • December 28 2018 11:00PM

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Good morning Amanda. This is terrific Amanda and couls or should be a handout.

Posted by Sheila Anderson, The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133 (Referral Group Incorporated) 5 months ago

Good morning Amanda - changing keys is certainly something that should be done immediately. 

Posted by Grant Schneider, Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes (Performance Development Strategies) 5 months ago

Great tips and I remind all of my clients about these things to think of, whether they do them, that is up to them, haha.

Posted by Brian England, MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ (Arizona Focus Realty) 5 months ago

these are great suggestions - I didn't think about the smoke detectors - but that is wonderful 

Posted by Lise Howe, Assoc. Broker and Attorney Licensed in DC, MD, VA, (Keller Williams Capital Properties) 5 months ago

Amanda, such great advice, and have heard many buyers say --- I will call the locksmith when we get settled.....OH MY, it needs to be done right after you get the keys!

Posted by Joan Cox, Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time (House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373) 5 months ago

And your list is a must to have on hand Amanda. Smart advice for all home buyers!

Posted by Lawrence "Larry" & Sheila Agranoff. Cell: 631-805-4400, Long Island Home and Condo Specialists (The Top Team @ Charles Rutenberg Realty 255 Executive Dr, Plainview NY 11803) 5 months ago

HI Amanda S. Davidson - Some great advice!! With key codes, it is not as easy to sometimes set up a new code. Get a professional if needed. 

The home inspection report should be the buyers bible to fixing the things that may not have been addressed in the closing. 

Posted by Sheri Sperry - MCNE®, (928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR® (Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage) 5 months ago

Fantastic suggestions, Amanda... I like the one about reviewing the inspection report... so many people file it away and forget about it.

Posted by Nina Hollander, Your Charlotte/Ballantyne/Waxhaw/Fort Mill Realtor (Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage ) 5 months ago

Very good list of things that need to be done upon moving into your new home. I would add that once everything is moved into your new home take pictures for insurance purposes. These photos will be invaluable if tragedy strikes.

Posted by Debe Maxwell, CRS, Charlotte Homes for Sale - Charlotte Neighborhoods (www.iCharlotteHomes.com | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310) 5 months ago

Good morning Amanda.  An excellent list of what all new homeowners should do immediately after the purchase.

Posted by Gabe Sanders, Stuart Florida Real Estate (Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales) 5 months ago

Great post and an excellent list of 5 easy things all new homeowners should note. 

Posted by Nick Vandekar, 610-203-4543, Tredyffrin Easttown Realtor, Philly Main Line (Long & Foster Real Estate Inc 610-225-7400) 5 months ago

Good morning Amanda S. Davidson, these are great suggestions, with all the excitement, so easy to forget. I always add to check the set schedule for the sprinklers as well. I find most sellers water more than allowed to keep the grass green while on the market.

Posted by Beth Atalay, Cam Realty of Clermont FL (Cam Realty and Property Management) 5 months ago

Brian England haha very true, I always worry when locks aren't changed. It's so important!

Posted by Amanda S. Davidson, Alexandria Virginia Homes For Sale (Amanda Davidson Real Estate Group ) 5 months ago

Joan Cox I completely agree, I wouldn't be able to sleep if it were me. 

Posted by Amanda S. Davidson, Alexandria Virginia Homes For Sale (Amanda Davidson Real Estate Group ) 5 months ago

Sheri Sperry - MCNE® that's very true. The peace of mind alone would be worth the cost of needing to have a professional come in. I remember when I bought my first home my parents sat me down and had me set up a timeline to take care of every item on the inspection report. All those little items aren't worth deferring and becoming big ones.

Posted by Amanda S. Davidson, Alexandria Virginia Homes For Sale (Amanda Davidson Real Estate Group ) 5 months ago

Nina Hollander thank you! 

Posted by Amanda S. Davidson, Alexandria Virginia Homes For Sale (Amanda Davidson Real Estate Group ) 5 months ago

Debe Maxwell, CRS that's a great addition, thank you for adding that. Not one I'd thought of and I completely agree. 

Posted by Amanda S. Davidson, Alexandria Virginia Homes For Sale (Amanda Davidson Real Estate Group ) 5 months ago

Beth Atalay that's not one I would ever think of, thank you for adding that. Makes perfect sense!

Posted by Amanda S. Davidson, Alexandria Virginia Homes For Sale (Amanda Davidson Real Estate Group ) 5 months ago

This is good advice for those who just bought a home. Thank you for sharing 

Posted by Gita Bantwal, REALTOR,ABR,CRS,SRES,GRI - Bucks County & Philadel (RE/MAX Centre Realtors) 5 months ago

Gita Bantwal thank you!

Posted by Amanda S. Davidson, Alexandria Virginia Homes For Sale (Amanda Davidson Real Estate Group ) 5 months ago

Amanda I do not know how I missed this great post of yours, thanks to our friend Gabe Sanders  the master of reblogs, I am here, Endre

Posted by Endre Barath, Jr., Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002 (Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices) 4 months ago

That home inspection report can be great as a reminder of deferred and regular maintenance.

Posted by Sally K. & David L. Hanson, WI Realtors - Luxury - Divorce (EXP Realty 414-525-0563) 4 months ago

Endre Barath, Jr. thank you for stopping by. Gabe really is the master of re-blogs. I always appreciate when she shares one I've missed which happens regularly! 

Posted by Amanda S. Davidson, Alexandria Virginia Homes For Sale (Amanda Davidson Real Estate Group ) 4 months ago

Sally K. & David L. Hanson I agree! 

Posted by Amanda S. Davidson, Alexandria Virginia Homes For Sale (Amanda Davidson Real Estate Group ) 4 months ago

Excellent tips Amanda!

Another important thing to check are the filters in the home...air filters, water filters, dryer vents, under the refrigerator, if it has condenser fins.

When we moved into our current home the filters were disgusting. It looked like the dryer lint screen hadn't been cleaned in a very long time.

Posted by Sharon Tara, New Hampshire Home Stager (Sharon Tara Transformations) 4 months ago

Sharon Tara that's an excellent one to add. Dryer vents are such a safety hazard when not cleaned regularly. Glad you caught it in your new home!

Posted by Amanda S. Davidson, Alexandria Virginia Homes For Sale (Amanda Davidson Real Estate Group ) 4 months ago

This is a great list - I have copied it into my post closing email templates to share with buyers! THANK YOU

Posted by Lise Howe, Assoc. Broker and Attorney Licensed in DC, MD, VA, (Keller Williams Capital Properties) 3 months ago

Lise Howe I'm so glad you found it to be useful. Thank you! Have a great week!

Posted by Amanda S. Davidson, Alexandria Virginia Homes For Sale (Amanda Davidson Real Estate Group ) 3 months ago

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