Are you in the market for a new home?
Or maybe you’ve already found one and are ready to put in an offer.
Maybe you’re already moving in.
Congratulations! Buying or building a new home is an exciting time for everyone.
But it’s also stressful. And not just when you’re putting in an offer or when you’re moving in. Even down the road, as things happen that need fixing, bills pile up, and your time gets sucked down the drain.
Below are a bunch of tips that every new homeowner should know.
Heck, even if you’ve owned your home for years, there’s probably something down there for you.
We’ve got money-saving tips, energy usage tips, and even just clever little house hacks for you.
So read on and jot down a few tips below to help you along your way.
Don’t Do Too Much Too Fast
Everyone wants to get in their new home and personalize it to their liking. And why shouldn’t you, it’s your home, right?
It’s great to have a plan to personalize, but don’t let your plan jeopardize your new homeowner status by ripping up and replacing your flooring.
So have a plan, but before you enact that plan, make sure you get adjusted to your new monthly spend.
With homeownership comes higher monthly bills and additional expenses that you may not have had before.
So remember, take it slow and enjoy your home for a while. You’ll have plenty of time to make the significant changes you want to make.
Don’t Ignore the Important Stuff
Like essential maintenance issues.
It’s easy to want to put off repairs (especially if you already have big plans to rip out your cabinets and replace them), but don’t ignore those crucial repairs, like a roof leak, that could get worse over time.
Because if you don’t get at them right away, your repair cost could skyrocket. It could turn a minimal problem (and cost) into an urgent and costly one.
Store all of Your Paperwork in One Place
You probably already know by now, but homeownership involves a lot of paperwork.
Heck, you knew on the day of signing.
Create a homeowner’s binder for you and your family.
Not only for all the paperwork you signed to get the keys to your new dream home, but also for all the essential manuals and warranty information that will come with anything you purchase for your home. From your new roof to your appliances, one place for all that paperwork makes it easy to find anything, whenever you need it.
Start a House Fund
Being a homeowner comes with unexpected expenses, and some are emergencies that you just can’t wait on.
A good idea is from day 1, start creating an emergency home repair fund. It will keep you sane the next time you have a major roofing or plumbing issue.
Meet the Neighbors
You’ve probably heard horror stories about bad neighbors.
We’ve all either been there or know someone who has.
Now that we’ve gotten beyond that start off on the right foot by introducing yourself, building a relationship, and doing all the things a great neighbor would do.
Not only will they help you learn about the neighborhood (and point out the bad neighbors), but they can help you with everything from finding a great electrician to borrowing tools you may not have.
And hey, sometimes it’s nice to have a close friend to grab a beer and watch the game with.
Change Those Locks
Getting to know your neighbors is great, but don’t trust your whole neighborhood that much.
You never know if there’re copies of your keys floating around somewhere.
It’s always a good idea to change your locks and make spare keys right away.
If nothing else, it will give you peace of mind.
Reset Your Codes
While you’re at it, it’s a great idea to reset the key code for your garage door (and any others you may have). Just like the spare keys, those codes could have floated around to someone you don’t know.
Check Your Detectors
Keep you and your family safe by ensuring your fire and carbon monoxide detectors are all in working order.
Is Your Security System Working?
Do you have motion lights? How about security lights? Maybe you have an entire security system.
Test everything out, make sure it’s all in working order.
Fire Extinguishers? Why Not?
It’s always a good idea to have one in the kitchen, one never plans on a fire starting when cooking, but it happens.
If you want to be more cautious, you could put one on each floor. You never know when something could happen.
Create a Checklist
Regular home maintenance is an important thing to keep up with; not only could it prevent bigger issues from arising, but it can also save you money by extending the life of almost everything in your home.
So work on creating a consistent checklist of tasks you want to perform monthly, quarterly, or annually, and remember to check the list routinely.
If you can, keep it on your phone or at least create a task in your Google Calendar to remind you to check it out.
Do You Know Your Emergency Contacts?
Sure, you can always call 911, but there are plenty of other contacts to keep handy.
Create a list, make it accessible to anyone: Plumber, electrician, your home security expert, your insurance agent, utility companies…for starters.
Your list will continue to grow.
It’s also important to know your house well ***link***, you don’t want to have to figure all this stuff out in a genuine emergency.
Enjoy Being a New Homeowner with Peace of Mind
Being a new homeowner is exciting, and it can be fun.
Just make sure you’re prepared for anything and don’t try to do too much at once.
Enjoy your home, get to know your surroundings, and understand your new lifestyle.
Use these new homeowner tips and have a blast – while being safe and prepared.
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