You Closed on Your New Home: Now What?

Closing on your home can feel like the end of a long journey, and while it is definitely a reason to celebrate, the work is not quite done. There are a few jobs to tackle before getting fully settled.

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8 Things to Do After Moving into a New Home

 

Find a Safe Place for Closing Paperwork

The closing paperwork, including the promissory note, closing disclosure, the deed, the mortgage and the home inspection report, should be stored together in a safe, dry place such as a safe deposit box or a fireproof safe.

What You Need To Do After Closing On Your House

Change the Locks

Even if the seller has recently changed the locks, you have no way of knowing who has keys to your new home. Prior to moving in or shortly after, change the locks to ensure your household’s safety.

Fill Out Change of Address Forms

When you move to a new address, a seemingly endless list of parties need to be notified, including your bank, the IRS, utility companies, the post office, insurance companies, subscription services and TV and internet providers. You may also have personal contacts that need your updated information.

Update Your Driver’s License

In Nevada, you have 30 days after you move to update your driver’s license with your new address. Those days will pass quickly, so it is a good idea to visit your local DMV as soon as possible.

Change the Batteries in Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Detectors

Ideally, batteries in smoke and carbon monoxide detectors should be changed out at least once per year to ensure they are functional when necessary. As a new homeowner, you have no way of knowing when the batteries were last changed out. Replacing the batteries right away is a quick, affordable way to get peace of mind.

Have the HVAC Unit Serviced

Maybe the previous homeowners were diligent with having annual furnace and air conditioner tune-ups and kept records of dates and services rendered. If that is not the case, however, you may want to give a local HVAC company a call and have a technician sent out to ensure the equipment is in good working order.

Tackle the Items on Your Home Inspection Report

Most of the time, homes are sold in as-is condition. If your home inspection turned up issues that could pose potential hazards, you will not want to wait long before contacting the appropriate professionals or tackling the items yourself.

Clean and Paint

Before you completely unpack your belongings, you may want to take the time to disinfect surfaces. If you intend to paint, doing this before furniture and artwork are in place is a time-saver.

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Ensuring that you have adequate homeowners insurance is important for protecting your new home. At Nevada Insurance Enrollment, our insurance agents can help you prepare for your closing date by finding the policy that fits your needs and budget.

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