There is no feeling like signing all the paperwork to purchase a home and holding those keys in your hand for the first time. Becoming a homeowner definitely gives a rush and a major sense of accomplishment. But hold on! Is that all there is? Now that you have carved a piece of the world to claim as your own what next?
#MEET THE NEIGHBOURS
In our part of the world, this may seem quite alien, but it is actually a very important step that should not be overlooked. Neighbours always have the juicy gist about the neighbourhood. Talk about the times of worst traffic, best spots for dining & groceries, the dangerous and safe streets. You name it, they know it all. That is why you should make it a point to strike an acquaintance with them at least. So go ahead and meet the immediate neighbours after you buy a house and oh! Please do not go empty-handed.
This may seem like a giving, but you would be surprised how little attention someone may pay to clean the new space just over the excitement of being a new homeowner especially for an estate furnished home. It is noteworthy that certain places in a home may hold more germs than others for example a hot tub or an outdoor pool. It is advisable to get these cleaned by a professional to ensure thorough work.
#INFORM YOUR WORLD
Tell your friends, family and those who matter about your new address. This may sound daunting at first, but it is indeed as simple as sending a simple text message. Those who matter here may include your employer, your bank, and the likes for the purposes of updating their records.
#REPLACE THE LOCKS
It is simply a good idea to start off fresh with new locks. Ensure that the locks on all exterior doors are replaced or re-keyed by a locksmith. Also, very wise to change locks on doors that lead into a garage and storage rooms. This certainly puts you in charge of the property and keeps out unwanted visitors including the former occupants of the house.
In a nutshell, getting settled into a new home should be a happy time in a person’s life. This checklist is merely intended to help cover some details that new homeowners are likely to overlook and a way to get acclimated to a new place with a positive first step.