So, you’ve just bought a new house. Good for you. Now, you have the opportunity to start all over again. But are you ready for a new life? Sure, you are, even though the city has left you with a sense of disorientation. You wouldn’t have made the move if you weren’t. After searching high and low for the right neighborhood and learning about the house’s intricacies, you’ve finally succeeded. You have a place that you can call home. However, your job isn’t done yet. You have to unpack your bags and get to work. If you’re a first-time buyer and don’t know what to do, then you might want to continue reading. This is what you need to do when you arrive at a new place.
Find a place for those valuable papers
What most individuals do right after purchasing a property is to tell all their friends about it. there are so happy that they can’t refrain from sharing the good news. What is more, they notify every acquaintance of their new address. Sharing your address shouldn’t be your main concern. It’s not that it’s a bad idea to tell friends and family where you live. It’s just that there are more important things to take care of, such as finding a secure spot for important documents. More precisely, store the home buying documents in a place that’s safe. These papers are very important and the last thing you want is to lose them. Make copies of all the owner’s policy, deed, and affidavits. For tax deductions and stuff, you don’t need the originals. There’s no joking around when it comes to legal documents, so make sure to hold onto them.
Have the locks changed
The likelihood is that you haven’t bought a brand-new home from a builder, so have the locks changed as soon as possible. The previous owners may still have a set of keys. Or maybe they have provided their friends with a copy. The thing is that you can’t know for sure if you’re the only one with keys to the property. When changing your place of residence, you should always change the locks. You don’t want people sneaking into your home, do you? Having new locks will ensure you that you and your loved ones are safe. Sometimes, a simple rekey job is all that it takes. Rekeying means that the locksmith makes all the other keys inoperative. If you want to be on the safe side, though, have the locks changed completely.
Improve the existing home insulation
You didn’t invest in a problem house. You’ve carefully inspected it, so there aren’t any major problems. That may very well be so but it doesn’t mean that the property’s insulation doesn’t need an upgrade. It’s important to understand that the vast majority of homes don’t have enough insulation and heat loss is inevitable. Stop what you’re doing at the moment and find out how much insulation there is in the home. A home energy auditor can help you in this respect. If things aren’t looking so good, then you’ll have to improve the existing insulation. You can start with the attic. The warm and cold air in your home tries to escape through the top floor. A great way of reducing energy costs is attic ventilation. The aim of attic ventilation is to maintain a cold roof temperature in cold climates and a warm roof temperature in warm climates. In other words, to reinsulate up there. Hiring attic ventilation services is the best thing you can do. Qualified professionals will make sure that there’s a constant intake and exhaust of air.
Another thing you can do is enhance wall insulation. Generally speaking, there are gaps between the internal and external walls, of which you’re not even aware of. It’s recommendable that you call someone to come and fill in those gaps. Why? You may ask. Because it will help you save on energy bills. If you have a family and pets, then you’ll want to be sure that they will have a comfortable life. Improving the thermal performance of the walls is essential, that is if you don’t want to break the bank. Sure, this kind of undertaking isn’t exactly cheap but think about all the money that you’ll be saving in the long run.
Get window treatments
Did you really think that you can get away without window treatments? Because you can’t. window treatments ensure energy-efficiency, as well as privacy. You don’t have to worry about people snooping at your house. There are literally tons of options to choose from. So, how are you supposed to design the space? Well, you can consider one of the following options:
- Wood shades – besides the aesthetic aspect, there is functionality. Wood shades are completely opaque, meaning that nobody can see what you’re doing in the comfort of your home.
- Roman blinds – they are made to suit the space and maintain a classic look. The relaxed Roman blinds feature rods that are raised through cords, running vertically. As for the bottom of the window treatment, it hangs loosely.
- Roller shades – as the name suggests, they role up onto a tube. Roller shades help you maintain a low-profile appearance, so they don’t draw attention from the focal point of the room.
Get to know your neighbors
Maybe you’ve wanted to get to know the people who live next door yet you haven’t had the opportunity. You’ve been so busy with unpacking and making small changes. Well, now you don’t have any excuse. Introduce yourself when you have the chance and get involved in the community. Bette yet, throw a housewarming party. You can present your home the people of the community. Will people want to come over and celebrate your new home? Sure, they will. So, make sure to invite them. Throwing a housewarming party isn’t that difficult. What you have to do is choose the right time and send out invitations. You don’t have to do anything over-the-top. Housewarming parties usually have casual drinks and light bights.