New Home Checklist

• COPY AND STORE HOUSING DOCUMENTS. After the closing, make three copies of your house closing documents. Store the originals in a safe-deposit box at your financial institution, and keep one set accessible in your home (preferably in a fireproof safe). You can allow home insurance providers to borrow the third copy as they set up your coverage.
• CHANGE THE LOCKS. Replace the manual lock sets on all the home’s exterior entry doors. Don’t forget about any doors connecting an enclosed garage,or to the main part of your home. Check storage sheds and detached garages for locks that need to be updated, as well.
• UPDATE ALL KEYPAD CODES. Reset the numeric entry codes for electronic garage doors, gates and any other entry doors in the home. If the previous owner didn’t leave any instructions, look up the keypad manufacturer online, where many offer instructions for resetting their units.
• ADJUST THE HOT WATER HEATER. If you have small children in the home, dial the water temperature down to 120 degrees Fahrenheit or lower to reduce the risk of unexpected bathwater burns.
• SCHEDULE A DEEP CLEANING. If you have carpet, a swimming pool, a hot tub or a home gym, you’ll want these areas professionally sanitized before moving in.
• UPDATE YOUR ADDRESS. Supply your employer, financial intuitions, loan companies, insurance providers, utilities and any business you frequently make payments to with your updated contact details. Luckily, much of this work can be completed online.
• MEASURE YOUR WINDOWS. While you have clear access, decide what types of window treatments you want, measure the spaces and start shopping. Hire an interior designer to conduct this work, while you prep the rest of the house. Once you move in, you’ll want privacy as you unpack.
• FRESHEN THE INTERIOR. If you need to paint, replace flooring, add closet organizers, update light fixtures or replace cabinetry, do it before bringing your furniture and personal items into the home.

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