What Do I Need to Do After I Buy a Home?
Buy a home is an exciting event. It can take a while to find somewhere that you love and to make sure that it is the right place for you to buy. Once you own your Delray Beach dream home, there are several things that you need to do, but here are a few things that you should do that you may not think of.
Change the Locks
While the previous owners should have given you all the copies of the keys that they had, you should still change the locks. There may be family members or friends that had copies of the key, and you don’t want complete strangers to have access to your home. When you change the locks, you don’t need to buy completely new locks. Instead, simply rekey the locks. That is just as effective and much more cost-effective.
Put Protections in Place
This home will be yours for several years, if not for the rest of your life and you want to take care of it. You need to take precautions and put protections in place so that your home will stay in good condition. Warm and humid climates are the perfect environments for pests, so finding a way to monitor for pests and other problems is crucial so you can act before it can cause significant damage to your home. Even a luxurious Boca Raton condo can be susceptible to bugs and pests so make arrangements for regular pest control service.
Update Your Address
While this may seem to be a minor item, it is one that shouldn't be overlooked. Many people remember to update the address with the postal office and to leave a forwarding address, but there are several different agencies and groups that you need to notify. You are required to update your legal documents, such as your driver’s license. If you don’t, you can be fined. You also need to make sure you update your insurance, something you might not think of if you did not deal with a mortgage.
Meet Your Neighbors
When you move into a new home and neighborhood, it is important to make connections with those around you. Your neighbors may become your friends, and they can help you feel connected and comfortable. Getting to know your neighbors can also protect your home. Neighbors watch out for each other, even if only casually, an unfamiliar lurker will be noticed and reported quicker if you are friendly.
Owning a home for the first time can be both an exhilarating and overwhelming experience. There can be a lot of things to do when you first move in but don’t let it overwhelm you. Just make sure you take the proper steps to care for your home and make it a refuge for you and your family.
You can also turn to your professional real estate agent for advise since most agents specialize in a particular area and have many contacts. For example I specialize in Delray Beach single family homes and condominiums, with many contacts in the mortgage, financial and handy man fields. For everywhere from Boynton Beach to Boca Raton, from Title Companies to local movers, I am able to help my clients find the right person for the job!