You’ve reached the end of the homebuying process and the closing process has been completed. The papers are signed and you have the keys in your hand, what do you do next? You will likely have some time before you officially move in and all your furniture and possessions have finally made it into your new home. There are some things you can and should do in this transitional period.
Safely File Away Your Closing Packet
The paperwork you sign at closing is important and should be kept together and filed for safekeeping. The documents you should keep together include the closing disclosure, promissory note, mortgage and deed, as well as any other documentation you signed during closing.
Change the Exterior Locks
On top of the previous owners, you never know who might have a key to the locks on a home you just bought. For the safety of you and your family, changing the locks should be a priority. You can install new locks on your own, or hire a professional locksmith.
Do a Deep Clean of the House
Depending on how the previous owners left the home, this may be a quick afternoon job or it could take several days. Wipe down walls, counters, floors and fixtures, and vacuum and mop all floors. If time is tight, or the job is overwhelming, consider a cleaning service.
Change Your Address
When you move you will need to update your address with all the important companies and institutions you are connected to. This includes:
- Financial institutions
- Car insurance company
- Cell phone carrier
- Health/life insurance
- Other creditors
- Remember to notify the NJ Department of Motor Vehicles and apply for a replacement driver’s license with your new address.
- And, of course, the U.S. Postal Service.
Service heating and cooling systems
Clean vents and well-running systems will provide efficient performance and likely keep you from calling for service in the middle of a heat wave or cold snap. Depending on how the previous owner left the property, it’s a good idea to have the HVAC systems serviced when you move in.
Once you complete these steps, your house will start to feel like your new home in no time!