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How to Begin Adjusting to a New Home

Moving into a new place is exciting, but it can also be a lot of work.

You’ll want to clean the space (and sometimes repaint or make other small renovations). Plus, there’s the time it takes to get used to your new home’s layout, appliances and more.

Is buying a home on your radar this year? Want to make sure your move goes as smoothly and efficiently as possible? Use these five tips to make the transition.

  • Locate important systems. You should find the main water shut-off, the circuit breaker panel and all smoke and carbon monoxide detectors. Replace batteries and test the detectors, and be sure you understand how they operate.
  • Update the locks and security system. Schedule a locksmith to come out as soon as you can. And if there’s an alarm system, make an appointment with the monitoring company, too. They’ll need to configure the system and set up your new passwords.
  • Keep all of your homebuying documents in one place. You’ll need these for tax reasons, and your closing paperwork and moving receipts may also come in handy if something goes awry.
  • Get to know your neighborhood. Don’t spend all your time in the house, as tempting as it can be. Explore the community: Locate the nearest grocery stores, check out local parks and try takeout from a neighborhood restaurant.
  • Clean the appliances. You’ll probably do a general clean, but don’t forget to clean any appliances that come with the home, too: the dishwasher, microwave, fridge and any other devices.

Are you thinking of purchasing a new home? Get in touch to get preapproved for your loan today.

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