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Must Do’s After Buying a Home from RE/MAX Heritage

by | Apr 29, 2024 | Blog, Buyers, News, Real Estate News | 0 comments

At RE/MAX Heritage, conveniently located in the Four Corners area of Orlando, we understand the excitement and the challenges that come with purchasing a new home. Congratulations on your recent home purchase! Successfully navigating today’s real estate market and becoming a homeowner is an achievement worth celebrating.

However, the journey doesn’t end with receiving your keys. As you transition into homeownership, there are immediate steps you should take to ensure a smooth and successful start in your new residence. Here are some essential actions to consider right after buying your home:

Essential Steps After Buying a Home

1) Set Up Utilities: Before moving day, make sure your water, gas, and electricity services are set up. This is crucial for a seamless move and to avoid any inconvenience like unpacking in the dark.

Pro tip: Contact local service providers early as setting up utilities might require certain verifications and scheduling.

2) Enhance Home Security: Change all exterior locks, update garage codes, and secure any other access points immediately before you settle in. You never want previous owners or strangers to have access.

Pro tip: Inspect around your home for hidden spare keys which previous occupants may have left behind.

3) Inspect Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Detectors: Ensure your safety by checking that all detectors are functional, possibly replacing batteries or the units themselves.

Pro tip: Install detectors in key areas like near bedrooms, kitchens, and on each floor for optimal safety coverage.

4) Review or Purchase a Home Warranty: If a warranty was provided, understand what it covers. If not, consider buying one to protect major appliances and systems.

Pro tip: Customize your warranty plan to cover essential and costly items, adjusting for your specific needs and climate.

5) Familiarize Yourself with Your Home’s Essentials: Locate and label the circuit breaker and main water shut-off valve. Gather all appliance manuals for future reference.

Pro tip: Organize all house-related documents and manuals for easy access during emergencies or routine checks.

6) Refresh Paint and Flooring: Painting and floor refurbishing are more manageable in an empty house and can dramatically enhance your home’s feel and value.

Pro tip: Negotiate with contractors for potential discounts when working in unoccupied spaces, potentially saving money and time.

7) Utilize Your Inspection Report: Address any pending issues highlighted in your home inspection report to avoid future complications.

Pro tip: Prioritize repairs and maintenance from the report to keep your home in prime condition and prevent costly future repairs.

8) Establish a Maintenance Schedule: Regular home upkeep is crucial. Plan for periodic tasks like filter changes and gutter cleaning.

Pro tip: Set aside a budget for maintenance and unexpected repairs—typically at least 1% of your home’s purchase price annually.

By taking these steps, you not only protect your investment but also enjoy your new home with peace of mind and security. Welcome to homeownership, and welcome to the community at RE/MAX Heritage!

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