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December 22, 2014

New Homeowner Checklist

Top 7 Must-Do Immediately After Closing

Welcome home, new homeowner! Congratulations on your new house. The whole home buying process has been an exciting, at times maybe stressful, experience but it was all worth it! You have permission to enjoy this great piece of property.

You must be wondering now: “I just bought a house. Now what?”

There are plenty to do after buying a house actually. Here is a list of the “Must-Do” items to keep you on track and organized. Each item is important to protect your new property, so pay close attention and avoid the urge to procrastinate.

New Homeowner Must-Do #1
Change the locks in your new home.

It’s a no-brainer, right? Many people have trudged in and out the door of your new home while it was showing. And of course, a lot of people have had copies to your home’s keys.

But many new homeowners easily forget that tidbit.

At closing, the seller will hand over to you the keys to the house. It’s a symbolic as well as a technical exercise. As soon as you can – immediately, if it’s no trouble – get the locksmith to change all of the entryway locks. While you’re at it, place anti-theft guards on the windows to protect the house from trespassers and vandals.

Throw away the original keys AFTER you’ve changed the locks…and NOT before. You may find yourself getting someone to, er, jimmy the locks because you can’t get in.

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About the author:

Robert Greene is a DeLand, FL real estate agent who has been helping home buyers and property sellers in the West Volusia area since 1978. If you’re looking for homes for sale in DeLand, Deltona, Debary, Lake Helen, Orange City, Barberville, and Pierson, FL, he is one of the top Realtors that comes highly recommended by his peers and clients. He has been recognized by the local board of Realtors as the Top Commercial Seller for 2010 and as a Top Ten Residential Producer for 2011.


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