So you are officially a new homeowner. Welcome to the club and welcome home! Get comfortable! This blog post will cover some things you need to know for getting settled in to ease the process of relocating to a new home. You’re in luck! Here is a helpful link that covers more information related to this subject.

Inspection

You should get a full inspection of the home. The inspector will help you discover undesirable areas that have hidden mold, asbestos, or even pest problems. This might create a headache, but it’s best to get on top of these situations before they spiral out of control. The person who sold you the home should have told you this information. However, it is best to also get professional advice just in case the previous homeowner did not disclose anything problematic. There are many unseen issues lurking inside some new homes after the sale is completed that the real estate agent failed to mention to get a higher price than what the home is worth. You most likely signed a contract accepting the home as-is so there is no way to make possible changes. A professional will help you detect these problems and deal with them accordingly.

Don’t Forget to Change Your Address

Make sure to take a trip to the United States Postal Service office near your old home and change your address over to the new one. You will need to bring your old state ID and a copy of one with your new on if you have it, and paperwork showing that you live in the new place. However, keep in mind that different states have different rules about this address change, but you always check out the USPS website UMOVE section for all the rules that apply. It’s better to have too much paper than not enough before making that final move. You could also have the post office hold the mail for a while, up to 30 days if you have not fully settled in the new home yet.

Call Utility Companies and Change the Mailing Address

Make sure to call bill collectors (just kidding), banks, and utility companies to inform them of the new address change. Make a list of companies that need to inform because it is easy to forget them after the move.

Decide on the Design

You should already have the type of theme you want for the home. Think about what colors will be added to the different bedrooms? What type of energy are you looking for? Map out where the furniture will go. Moreover, you should categorize all the moving boxes by marking them with words such as “kitchen”, “living room”, and “master bedroom” to minimize extra work.

Get Security Early

The last thing you need is someone breaking into your home and robbing it during the moving transition. Make sure the locks are sturdy and tightly latched. Install the Ringbell or get ADT. Thieves are 34% less likely to hit homes with alarm systems in place.

Introduce Yourself to the Neighbors

Be very cautious of this because they might be afraid of having an unknown person showing up to their front door. Try to get their phone numbers and call ahead of time, letting them know you want to meet with them. Make sure to introduce yourself to all your immediate neighbors before moving in so when they see you coming in and out of your new home they will not think you are a burglar. Have them get familiar with your face. Also, bring a gift as a token of neighborly respect.

Read the Homeowners Association Guide (If Available)

You want to avoid breaking the rules upon arriving at a new neighborhood. Although most neighbors are understanding after a couple of days, weeks, or even months, it’s best to get with the program ahead of time. Learn about the rules pertaining to overgrown grass and weeds, find out where your property line begins and ends to avoid land disputes with your neighbors and find out about trash rules to avoid getting a littering fine form the local authorities.

Find out About Exotic Animals in the Area

Ask your neighborhoods about exotic animals that they have seen in the area. This might be inside the HOA manual as well. If you live in the hills of Los Angeles County there is a variety of wildlife such as Mountain Lions and Coyotes that will eat small pets, you will need to be aware of this stuff just to keep your loved ones safe. 

Have a Housewarming Party!

Bring out the drinks and the music and slip on your best outfit because it’s time to make a positive impression for the whole neighborhood! Invite the community over to get to know you better. This is a good time to become acquainted with everyone. You will likely see these people every day, so it’s best to know who they are.

Learn the Size of Your Home

Make a note about how many square feet of each room. This information is very important when you call for carpet installation services. Companies are less likely to charge a high premium if they know you are knowledgeable about your house measurements. In fact, you could probably do yourself a favor and install the carpet yourself to avoid all those crazy fees. 

Allow the Family to Get Familiar With the Home Before Actually Moving In

Sometimes kids and pets want to see a home before actually moving there. Let them explore the spaces a bit and pick their rooms without all the boxes scattered everywhere. Moving day will be a hectic day, to minimize the headache by planning a few things ahead.

It’s Pizza Time!

Go out and buy the family a nice hot pizza for your first night in the new home. Enjoy the meal as a celebration next to the fireplace as a positive introduction. This is the best initiation to your new home!

Ensure Every Surface is Safe

Double check to make sure everything is safe. Search for broken walls, sharp items, and out-of-place electrical sockets. If you don’t find them, the kids will!

Make Sure Entertainment is There on the First Night

Nothing is more un-fulfilling than spending a night in a home where you have no type of entertainment whatsoever! No phone, tablet, or computer. Make sure to get Wi-Fi wireless internet installed there ahead of time so everyone in the family can have instant access to their favorite content all night long.

Insurance

Make sure to have homeowners insurances on hand just in case. Some neighborhoods won’t allow you to move there without them!

Enjoy your new home!