You’ve made it back for Part 2! After I bought my first house, there were several things that I wish someone told me BEFORE I moved in and around the time of the closing, rather than me just learning those things along the way. If you missed Part 1 to this Series, you can check it out here! Part 1 discusses the things you should do before you buy. I don’t like surprises much, especially when they cost me, so I tend to start having a plan even before I truly ever need one; that way I avoid the surprise, ha. I did just that when I purchased my last home. I created a plan from start to finish, and will continue to have one for as long as I live here. The excitement that comes with a new home is usually accompanied by lots of purchases whether big or small, but there are somethings that are super important to remember AFTER you buy!
#1 – Analyze all of your monthly expenses. How big are your bills and how much money will be left over from one paycheck to the next? As those bills start to come in the mail, document each one and make a notation of their due dates. This is helpful when you’re trying to determine which paycheck will pay what expense. I get paid bi-weekly, so I tend to separate bills based on what I want to pay around the 15th of the month and what I would prefer to pay on the 1st of the month. This way, it’s pretty easy for me to see exactly what I have to pay and what extra cash I have left over afterwards. Once I know what’s left over, it’s pretty easy for me to separate that into spending cash and place the rest into my savings account. Making sure that I continue to always add money to my savings account is very important.
#2 – Pest control! I wish someone had shared this with me because the number of bugs, spiders, etc. are absolutely awful. Spiders to me are the scariest things on the planet! As everyone is either closing out the building process for a property that is new construction, or cleaning a home as its being put on the market, they tend to often open the doors and windows (if it’s warm outside obviously). Whether you schedule pest control or find a product at your local Lowe’s, Home Depot, Walmart, etc., it’ll definitely be worth it to spray the inside and around the exterior of your home.
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#3 – Purchase new emergency equipment! Sometimes moving into a new home can be a scary thing and when there is an emergency, you really want to make sure that you have everything handy. Sometimes we forget where we put things when we move or we lose them along the way, and somethings even expire; so take the time to see what you need and purchase new fire extinguishers, smoke detectors, etc. It may even be worth looking into a new alarm system.
#4 – Change the locks! I don’t think I need to explain this one, but I will anyway. It’s very important to remember to change the locks after you move in. If the property you are moving into is new construction, you may not have to worry about it because they usually operate with construction keys, so the key you are given at closing changes the locks as soon as you put it in the door to your home. One thing worth thinking about when you have to change the locks is to try to keep the same lock so that the same key operates them all. That makes life so much easier, ha.
#5 – Cleaning the carpets is also very important. Most of the time the last owner will have done that before they moved, but I definitely recommend doing it again. Carpet is something that hides dirt and pet hair well, so it’s important to make sure it’s clean and the only way to do that is to do it yourself and it can be pretty inexpensive since you can rent steam cleaning machines for cheap. In my area, they can be rented from the local grocery store. Yes, I meant to say grocery store!
There are tons of things to consider after you move into a new home, but these are some of the more important ones. If you’re reading this, I’d like to think you’ve just moved into a new home or are pretty close to move-in day. If that’s the case, CONGRATULATIONS!
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