7 Top Things You Need to Do After the Closing

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7 Must-Do's you may not have thought about after the Closing

Change the locksNow that you have closed on your new home you don't want to forget these important steps. I know, moving and getting settled is on your minds but these things will creep up on you.

  1. Spray for pest before you move in. This will ensure that you don't have any unwanted occupants ruining the enjoyment of your new home.
  2. Do a little extra cleaning around doorknobs, switches, cabinet door pulls, toilet seats, sinks, bathtubs and showers, etc. A Clorox wipe will help keep germs away. Clean the dryer vent before you hook up the dryer duct.
  3. Change over the utilities into your name including cable, trash collection and any HOA records. It is also a good idea in a few days to check in with the property tax authorities to make sure the records have been changed to your name. Protect your investment. 
  4. Call the locksmith and get the locks rekeyed. You don't know who has keys or access codes to gates, security systems and remotes to your garage. Clear them and change to create real security.
  5. Contact all your accounts and do an address change. Don't forget your voter's registration, drivers license, insurance companies, banks and investment accounts, doctors and dentist offices and the personnel records with your employer.
  6. Change the batteries in smoke and carbon dioxide detectors. You don't know when they were last changed.
  7. Go online and get any manuals on appliances and systems you don't have available. Save them to your computer for easy access in case of a malfunction.

Now the moving fun begins and your new home will be ready for making memories.

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Re-Blogged 7 times:

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  1. John Wiley 12/29/2017 12:57 PM
  2. Margaret Rome, Baltimore Maryland 12/29/2017 06:08 PM
  3. William Perea 12/30/2017 01:44 AM
  4. Roy Kelley 03/01/2018 01:00 AM
  5. Lesley Wilson-VanGoethem 12/30/2017 08:05 AM
  6. Gabe Sanders 01/07/2018 11:50 PM
  7. Joan Cox 02/02/2018 06:13 AM
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Lesley Wilson-VanGoethem
Innovative Realty Solutions Group - Winter Springs, FL
Residential Real Estate Broker Associate

Once again, you nailed it..these are definitely 7 of the  top things!

Dec 30, 2017 08:02 AM #32
Sheri Sperry - MCNE®
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Sedona, AZ
(928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR®

Congratulations on the feature Debbie Reynolds - Buyers are not in a routine and a checklist of things to do is a must.  This is a great start and is best done when the house is empty. 

Dec 30, 2017 08:19 AM #33
Jon Zolsky, Daytona Beach, FL
Daytona Condo Realty, 386-405-4408 - Daytona Beach, FL
Buy Daytona condos for heavenly good prices

Debbie - a very good list. Small things are important, and it is easy to forget about them when you are overwhelmed with moving in

Dec 30, 2017 09:14 AM #34
Ann Nguyen
eXp Realty - Truckee, CA
Lake Tahoe Truckee Homes For Sale


We usually have a checklist for Buyers prior to close but I will add #2,6 & 7 since we did not have them on the list yet. Thank you!

Dec 30, 2017 09:39 AM #35
Jan Green
Value Added Service, 602-620-2699 - Scottsdale, AZ
HomeSmart Elite Group, REALTOR®, EcoBroker, GREEN

Great thoughts, love your list Debbie.  If a home buyer can't be around chemicals, consider using a "green" pest control company.  I'm sure you already suggest this, but others might not have thought of it.  Happy New Year! 

Dec 30, 2017 11:22 AM #36
Kimo Jarrett
WikiWiki Realty - Huntington Beach, CA
Pro Lifestyle Solutions

Tip # 3 should also be directed to listing agents to ensure their seller's utility accounts have been closed at COE. I especially like tip #7. Great post.

Dec 30, 2017 11:40 AM #37
Delphine Nguyen
Baird & Warner - Northbrook, IL

Debbie, thanks for thuis helpful list. Our sales are not complete until our clients are in and settled. We'll see if we can provide them your ideas. Thanks for sharing. 

Dec 30, 2017 01:55 PM #38
Mary Jo Quay
Remax Results - Edina, MN

I just found a service that helps buyers do all the change of utilities in a heartbeat. We used to be able to do it for them, but the app is better.

Dec 31, 2017 04:12 PM #39
John Dotson
Preferred Properties of Highlands, Inc. - Highlands, NC - Highlands, NC
The experience to get you to the other side!

Those are some good tips Debbie.  I hadn't thought about the smoke detectors...

Happy New Year!  I hope it is a good one for you!

Jan 01, 2018 09:05 AM #40
Greg Large
ERA Real Solutions - Grove City, OH
A Tradition of Trust

Great list to pass along to Buyers, an extra step of caring. All excellent reminders.

Jan 01, 2018 11:38 AM #48
Mary Hutchison, SRES, ABR
Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate-Kansas City Homes - Kansas City, MO
Specializing in Brookside, Waldo, Prairie Village

Changing the locks--that is something I suggest as well to mybuyers!

Jan 02, 2018 11:47 AM #49
Jim Paulson
Progressive Realty (Boise Idaho) www.Progressive-Realty.info - Boise, ID

I never thought about sanitizing all the door knobs.  Great advice that will be implemented from here on out.

Jan 02, 2018 12:03 PM #50
Robert Hicks
United Country River City Realty - Savannah, TN

Great tips! Now, fill that home w/ lots of LOVE and make some memories. Life is good, enjoy.                                                                                                                          

Jan 05, 2018 02:19 AM #51
Sally K. & David L. Hanson
EXP Realty 414-525-0563 - Brookfield, WI
WI Realtors - Luxury - Divorce

Great suggestions...appliance manuals and warranties can be invaluable !

Jan 08, 2018 03:23 AM #52
Lisa Friedman
Great American Dream Realty - Essex, VT
28 Years of Real Estate Experience!

These are great tips, Debbie, and things that not everyone thinks about.

Jan 10, 2018 03:13 PM #53
Jeff Dowler, CRS
Solutions Real Estate - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude - Carlsbad

Hi Debbie

I found this through  John Wiley 's reblog and wasn't sure I had seen it but turns out I had. It's a topic many do not think about with the focus on getting to closing. I use a checklist for this before closing as a reminder. Getting the doors rekeyed is so important, and utilities need to switch over, at least here, on the day of closing.


Jan 30, 2018 07:55 AM #54
John Wiley
Right Move Real Estate Group- EXP Realty - Fort Myers, FL
Lee County, FL Real Estate GRI, SRES,GREEN,PSA

Jeff, thanks for contributing to the discussion.

Jan 30, 2018 08:25 AM #55
Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

Hello Debbie Reynolds, You came up with a excellent list that makes sence and we some all past on to our clients.



Feb 02, 2018 08:45 AM #56
Lise Howe
Keller Williams Capital Properties - Washington, DC
Assoc. Broker and Attorney Licensed in DC, MD, VA,

So glad that Roy Kelley reposted this one - I had missed it before! Definitely worth saving so that I can share with buyers! 

Mar 01, 2018 04:38 AM #57
Dorie Dillard
Coldwell Banker United Realtors® ~ 512.346.1799 - Austin, TX
Serving Buyers & Sellers in NW Austin Real Estate

Good morning Debbie Reynolds ,

I'm glad that Roy Kelley re-blogged your featured post..really a good one. I remember reading it and its definitely a keeper to share!

Mar 01, 2018 05:26 AM #58
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