Summer is here, and it's a great time to get your new house in order. After visiting the Plymouth homes for sale that caught your eye and settling on the one that stole your heart, it's time to roll up your sleeves and get to work. Even if it may not seem like it at first, there are plenty of chores you need to stay on top of as a new homeowner, and the following are 10 tasks you won't want to skip.
- Change. The. Locks.
Our real estate agents cannot emphasize this enough. You have no way of knowing who the previous owner gave keys to over the years. Quite frankly, you don't want to wake up in the middle of the night to find friends of the former owner dropping in for a visit. Always change the locks, reset key codes, and ensure that motion sensors, latches, and other security features are solid and reliable.
- Check Fire Alarms, CO detectors, etc.
Make safety your top priority. Confirm that all fire alarms, CO detectors, floodlights, fire extinguishers, etc. have working batteries, good bulbs, and fire extinguishers are fully charged. Also, locate the circuit breaker and make sure everything is labeled, identify the gas shut-off valve, and give the sump pump a test.
- Clean, Clean, Clean
Time to pick up the mop, grab the dustpan, and get ready to clean. Before you unpack, make sure to give everything a thorough spring cleaning. This will make it easier to stay on top of it as you settle in. It will also give you an idea of how much cleaning your home requires. Ensure to clean hard-to-reach spots, including refrigerator coils, gutters, etc. that are often overlooked.
- Meet the Neighbors
Knock on the door and introduce yourself to your neighbors. It will help you settle in and get you up to date on the latest neighborhood news.
- Create a Master List
Create a master list of contacts and phone numbers for your home. You should have your insurance agent, utility providers, electrician, plumber, etc., listed. Put this list in a convenient place where everyone in the family can access it if needed.
- Copy Everything
Make sure to copy critical documents, including the mortgage, property surveys, home inspections, closing documents, insurance cards, etc. It's a good idea to store these in a fireproof safe or within a safe deposit box.
- Automate Your Bills
Setting bills to automatic payment mode when you first move in can make it easier to stay on top of them without focusing on them. Naturally, you will want to check everything, but knowing you don't have to transfer money and enter credit card numbers each month is one less thing to worry about.
- Trim, Prune, and Landscape
Clean up the landscape so that it looks neat and tidy. This will help you feel more comfortable and show the neighbors you intend to take good care of the home.
- Ask Yourself, "Do I need this?"
While you're unpacking, always give everything a once over. You may have thought you needed/wanted an item, but it may not fit anymore. If it's going to clutter your home, donate it or toss it instead.
- Note Any Problems
Maybe you'll find defects or damage you didn't see before. Start a list of what needs to be done and start chipping away at these chores and tasks.
Contact us for more information about the steps we take to help new homeowners settle into the homes we help them buy.