Buying a home is often the most expensive purchase a person or family will ever make, and so it’s important to understand the process fully and make sure that everything that needs to happen during the purchase is accomplished. There’s a lot involved in finding a new house, making the actual purchase, and moving into the new residence. One mistake that people make when they buy a home is that they don’t realize the number of purchases that might be required after buying the home is complete. Making a list of the following necessities will make the move-in process much easier.
An apartment dweller might need nothing more than a microwave and a toaster oven, but home ownership usually requires a host of different appliances. It’s a good idea to get these purchased before moving into the new house to avoid any hassle.
There are a lot of windows in the average house, and the sizes of those windows might be totally different from those that were in a family’s prior residence. It’s a good idea to take measurements in the bedrooms at the very least for curtains in those rooms for the move-in date.
Extra Keys and Locks
When the keys to a new home are handed over, it’s an exciting moment to walk up to the door and open it as the new homeowner, but having a few extra sets is an essential project. People like the pet sitter, the babysitter, and all family members will need sets of keys.
For anyone moving from an apartment to a single-family home, a lawnmower is an essential machine that most people don’t realize they need until the grass is a foot tall and really needs to be cut. Even if a family will have a gardener, it’s helpful to have a lawnmower.
Kitchen and Bathroom Rugs
It’s more comfortable to brush one’s teeth in the bathroom while standing on a rug, and it’s also more convenient to wash the dishes with a nice rug underfoot. Making these simple purchases is a small way to make the first days in a new home much nicer.
Insurance for Life and Home
Whether a policy needs to be modified and renewed due to a new residence or whether a policy must be purchased for the first time, it’s important to engage in clearing up any confusion on mortgage life insurance. It’s essential that insurance policies cover the family and home on the move-in date.
Snow blower and Dusters
Home owners must often make sure that they clear the snow from their property or risk being fined, so it’s a good idea to make sure that some snow shovels and dusters are on hand. The purchase of a snow blower might be warranted also for those with extensive sidewalks.
Tools and Basic Devices
It’s a good idea to have some basic tools on hand during the move-in process and beyond that might include items like hammers, screw drivers, and wrenches. Depending on whether any fixes are necessary, a drill and a nail gun might be handy tools also.
Sometimes it takes a little time to get everything unpacked. Having some simple toiletries on hand that aren’t hidden in boxes is terrifically convenient.
Turn on the Utilities
Opening the door to the home for the first time only to realize that power hasn’t been turned on can put a damper on the experience of owning a new home. A call to the power company and other utilities like water, sewage, and garbage is a good idea. It’s also handy to remember the telephone, internet, and cable (or satellite).
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