So, you made your way through the home buying process, you’ve purchased your first home and you’re ready to move in! But, now what? The journey in homeownership is just starting for you, but for some reason there doesn’t seem to be a manual on how to be a homeowner. It just doesn’t seem right, does it? We want you to know that because you’re member of Spica Realty’s family, you won’t be left out in the cold. We’re here for you long after the purchase of your first home. That’s why today, we put together this survival kit, just for you! We hope that it helps you transition into your role as a homeowner.
Are you ready? Let’s a take a look at all of the advice we have to offer in your First Time Homeowner’s Survival Kit!
Your first night in your new home can be a little hectic. Boxes are everywhere, emotions are high and more than likely, it will be a little difficult to find the things you need. We always recommend that you create a “First Night Kit”. Put in all of your necessities, like tooth brushes, soaps, dish cleaner, a coffee pot (no one wants to ring in their first morning in their new house without coffee!), extra clothes, bedroom sheets, pillows, a flashlight, and anything else you can think of for the next morning. By putting aside essential items for the first 48 hours in your home, you’ll take a major burden off of unpacking!
As soon as you can, it’s a good idea to go and introduce yourself to your next door neighbors. Exchange names and phone numbers and learn their faces. Meeting your neighbors is not only safe, but it also helps you to acclimate to your neighborhood sooner.
One of the first things you should do when you move in is locate your circuit breaker. Try to do this as soon as you move in when it’s still light outside. Then, if anything should happen your first night, you won’t be looking for the breaker in the darkness of your new home.
It’s never a good idea to assume that the previous homeowners kept the batteries of your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors up to date. On your move in day, go ahead and quickly check the batteries of any detectors. Make sure they’re working in case anything should happen.
Furnace filters do more for your home than you might initially think. Do your family a favor and replace your furnace filters. This will help keep your heating bills down and the air in your home clean.
Moving into your new home can be an exciting experience. And we wish you all the best on this new adventure. We hope that you’ll use the advice we’ve offered and please let us know if there is anything we can do to help you adjust to life as a new home owner.
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