9 Things to do After Closing on Your New Home
Besides updating your address with your financial institutions, doctors, work, etc., and transferring utilities and subscriptions to your new address, there are a few other things you should do after closing on your home at the Lake of the Ozarks that can easily be overlooked. We wanted to make it easy for you with 9 helpful tips.
1) Test smoke and carbon monoxide detectors.
You rely on them to alert us if something goes wrong, so making sure they are in working order only makes sense.
2) Check water heater.
You may find the hot water temperature has been decreased while the home was not in use. Water temperature and pressure can be adjusted on your hot water heater, so you will want to adjust those to suit your preferences. It is also recommended to drain the water tank annually to remove sediment, and now is a good time to do that and start fresh.
3) HVAC maintenance.
It is a good habit to have your HVAC system inspected twice a year and tuned up every 2-3 years. Getting an inspection when you first move in will keep your system running at peak efficiency and potentially extend its life span.
4) Circuit breakers and shut off valves.
Safety first! If anything unexpected happens, you don’t want to be searching for the circuit breakers and shut off valves. It is much better to locate those them proactively so you know exactly what to do if you have an emergency.
5) Store documents safely.
This normally goes without saying, but when you are in the process of moving, paperwork can get shuffled around. Take the time to designate a place for important paperwork before you start the moving process and keep all of your closing documents as well as insurance and other important paperwork together in a safe place.
6) Tax deductions.
There may be tax advantages available to you when you purchase a home so be sure to look into that with your CPA or tax professional. Keep all your receipts for expenses related to your move and any home improvements in case they can be helpful for potential tax breaks for which you may qualify.
7) Review your homeowner’s insurance.
No one expects a tree to fall on their house the week after they buy it, but it happens. Don’t be stuck with a costly repair because you don’t have your insurance in place before you take possession.
8) Change locks or keypads.
You have no idea who has had access to your house or may still have a copy of the key. Be ready to update the keypad or have the locks changed as soon as you move in to rest assured that no one will have access without your knowledge.
9) Freshen up.
Once you start the move-in process it will be much harder to do deep cleaning or paint. If you arrange to have these done before you move in, you can start with a clean slate that is just waiting for you to make it your own. Save yourself the frustration of trying to do this after you bring in your belongings.
You know that when buying a home at Lake of the Ozarks, you can rely on Arrowhead Title to thoroughly research any and all potential threats to the ownership of your home and make sure your rights are protected. After helping you enjoy a flawless closing on your home through Arrowhead Title, we also want to help you plan for a smooth transition into your new home. For all your real estate closing needs, remember we are on your side and here to help.