Seven Great Tips for New Home-owners
Becoming a home-owner is just one of the steps in the process of really owning a home – moving in and starting a new life living in it. It can be hard getting your bearings inside a new environment, no matter how well it clicked during your initial house-hunting inspections. These tips will help you get introduced to some of the issues you might have overlooked when first deciding to move in.
1. Getting home insurance
It’s highly likely that the new home you bought is the most financially valuable asset you currently own and, probably, will ever own. Investing in quality home insurance is in a way investing in your own life insurance, as losing your home to a disaster such as a flood or fire can leave you out of the street!
2. Letting everyone know
When you move and change addresses you’ll want your mail and important phone calls to reach you at your new home. Let your bank, workplace and close relatives know your new address and phone number, and be sure to leave your new info at your old address if anything wanders off to your old address.
3. Get to know your neighbors
You are now only moving into a new home, you are getting yourself introduced to a completely new community! You can be sure that everyone wants to know who the new people in the neighborhood are, as much as you want to know who shares the street with you. The same neighbors could be very happy to help you with settling in!
4. Think big
If there is any segment of a home you are not happy with once moving in, the earlier you tackle the change the better. It’s better to go straight into any large scale work such as changing flooring, painting walls, changing furniture as soon as you move in. Once you get settled in and cozy, you will find it harder and harder to break your routine and start housework.
5. Do a thorough cleaning
Similar to large scale work, prior to settling in, you should thoroughly clean the home you’re moving into. Doesn’t matter if it’s completely new or pre-owned, you can’t be sure who cleaned it and how, and that it would be up to your standards. There could be all sorts of dirt, dust and other buildup from old tenants or house construction that you’d want to get rid of! Hence, buying a vacuum cleaner that suits your requirements can be a major help.
6. Using the home to your financial advantage
Proper care for your home can boost your credit rating, everything from paying your utility bills on time to paying off your mortgage on time. If you came into the possession of a particularly large house or you don’t live in the home you own, you can consider leasing it out for a monthly financial boost!
7. Change your mindset
You are a homeowner now and it’s time to start acting like one! You are free to manage your investments as you like an change things about your home as you see fit, no longer needing to be afraid of the landlord or other tenants such as roommates. With home ownership you have finally completely achieved freedom!