Many home buyers will tell you that once those papers are signed and you are holding the key in your hand, there is really no feeling like it. Buying your first home is something to feel proud of and an amazing accomplishment, and now that you’ve taken that step, there are some things you need to do now that you’ve purchased Calgary real estate.
Replace and Re-key all locks
This first one is simple but very important. Make sure all exterior locks are replaced or re-keyed by a locksmith. This includes the front door, back door, exterior door to the garage, etc. This way you will feel safe that your house is now completely secure.
Change alarm code
Now that you’ve completed step 1 and your home has an alarm system, you will want to change those codes right away. Pick a code that is easy for you and other residences to remember, but don’t make it too easy that an intruder will be able to figure it out easily. Ask the previous owner or your realtor about the current code, as you may need that to change it and you also may need to contact the security company.
Store all mortgage documents
Make sure you have a copy of all documents that were signed during the process of purchasing a house on the Calgary real estate market. Also make sure you keep a copy somewhere away from the house, such as a safety deposit box at your bank. It is a good idea to invest in a fireproof storage box to store the documents at your residence. Make sure it includes the mortgage terms, deed, and home insurance documents.
Hot water tank temperature
Everyone has their own preference when it comes to the temperature of the shower and bath tub. Inspect the hot water tank to ensure it is set to your preferred temperature. You can likely change it on your own, but if you’re unsure of what to do, you can hire a professional plumber to help.
Address change notifications
Now that you have purchased Calgary real estate and moved into your dream home, you will want to make sure the necessary people are aware of your address change. Make sure to notify all friends and family members, and it is also important to notify your employer, banks, creditors, etc.
Clean from top to bottom
It is always a good idea to do a thorough cleaning to your new home before or once you have moved in, though it may be wise to do so before moving in, so the home is completely empty and easier to clean. If the home includes things like a hot tub, outdoor pool, or gym, make sure to do a very thorough clean of those, as they can hold more germs that most other places in the home. It may be a good idea to hire a professional cleaner for those items.
Interior changes or renovations
Before moving into your new home, it is a good idea to take a tour through the house and see what you would like changed. Decide whether or not you want to change things like the color of the walls, the flooring, kitchen cabinets, etc. These things are much easier to do before you start moving in any furniture and decorating.
In conclusion, moving into your new home is a very happy time in your life, and this checklist is just here to help and make the process a little easier. For more information contact your expert Calgary real estate agent, Patrick Krause today!