5 Things to Do Immediately After You Close on a House so you can get to relaxing & enjoying your home.
I’m so happy to have this opportunity to partner with Schlage® in this sponsored post because getting new locks for our house was near the top of my list of must-do’s for our new house. And when I say new, I only mean new to us. Our house was built in the 80’s & is older than both me & my husband & as far as we know the locks have never been changed. And while that wouldn’t be a big deal, because technically this house has only had one owner, our house has a very unique & beautiful story.
Our neighbors built the house for their mother to live in & during the 20+ years she lived in the house her & some of her family sponsored 15-20 college students who were pursuing their nursing degree at a nearby university. When my husband & I heard this beautiful testimony we were in awe of the beautiful ways this house has touched other’s lives.
We know that while this house is our home, it is only ours for a short time. And while we will love & cherish the memories we make here, we know we are not the only ones who love this house or will love this house in the future.
As much as I love & cherish this story it also brought to my attention that 20+ people have had keys to our house at one point or another.
The thing is moving is a big deal. Whether you are buying your first house (like we just did) or your 50th there is always a long list of things to do before, during, & after your move. And while I am not going to attempt creating that long list right now, I have decided to create a list of my top 5 Things to Do Immediately After You Close on a House.
We have been living in our new house for a little over a month now & things are pretty hectic. We finished what we are calling Stage 1 of renovations before Roger began his new job, which included the half bath & the laundry room (renovation posts to come). And we have already begun Stage 2 of our home renovations… I really wish it was October already!
Currently I can hear a loud ruckus coming from inside our house as my husband rips up the tile, & the hardy board that was glued beneath, that runs throughout our house. BTW it is literally coming up in splinter sized pieces. Almost all of the cabinets have been torn out of our kitchen & the pantry walls have also been removed to make the kitchen larger & more open. We have had to move wires & stuff to prepare for the new kitchen & there are several holes in our kitchen floor that I am afraid to look into. Oh, & tomorrow my brother-in-law & some of his crew will be coming over to continue the floor ripping out process & to completely gut our master bathroom.
Our house is a complete disaster!! Can you see why I long for October?
And while most people don’t plan such huge renovations when they first move into a house (especially their first house) life happens & you just got to go with the flow. So I have teamed up with Schlage® to create a little list of 5 Things to Do Immediately After You Close on a House so that when life does happen you will be settled & ready for whatever comes your way!
1. Turn On Utilities
Utilities are easy to forget in the business & eagerness to move into a new house, but don’t forgot to set up your utilities before you move into your house so that you can do the basics (like turing on the lights & getting a drink of water) on your first day.
I am a bit of a germaphobe & our current living condition makes me squirm so much I spend most of my time avoiding a large portion of our house. But when we first moved in I spent hours & hours cleaning our 80’s fixer upper. Our house hadn’t been permanently lived in for many years so there were some things that changed colors as I was cleaning. I spent a few days cleaning before our things arrived & it was so nice to have the place cleaned up before unpacking all of our belongings. It is so much easier to clean an empty house than a house full of half emptied boxes.
3. Change Your Address
One of the first things you should do when moving is change your address. Not only do you not want to miss any important bills or letters, but also the government really wants/needs to know where you live. You also want to make sure your drivers license has the proper address attached to it as well.
Painting is another one of those things that are easier to do before unpacking. Painting a house that is fully furnished can be a huge hassle. If your things are being stored, or can stay in their boxes a week or two longer, it will be a lot easier if you go ahead & paint your most-used rooms before you unpack everything. That way nothing get’s ruined, everything feels fresh, the place feels uniquely you, & you will feel at home.
5. Change the Locks
This one is EXTREMELY important. It’s not something that people immediately think of when they close on a house, but it should be, especially if you are not buying a brand new house. You don’t know how many copies of your keys have been made & who has them. It doesn’t matter if they are the most trustworthy people in the world it always feels good to know that you have control over who has a key to your house.
When we first started looking at Schlage® for durable door hardware I was amazed by the big range of unique style combinations that were available allowing us to design our locks according to our taste, personality, & style. I was also amazed to learn that Schlage® carries the most technologically advanced electronic locks that offer the latest in keyless convenience. Plus, I learned that there are currently 40 million homes that are secured by Schlage®.
You might think I’m crazy, but I’m in LOVE with our new Schlage® door hardware! And I’m not just saying that. It’s super cool & fun! When we first installed our new locks my husband & I took turns locking ourselves in & out of the house. Yes, it’s true, I’m a bit of a geek for awesome gadgets… But if you saw this lock you would think it is super cool too!
You can find Schlage® products online at Amazon.com and Build.com, & if you want to see them in person you can also find them in retail locations such as Home Depot & Lowe’s.
What is the first thing you plan to do (or did) when you closed on your first house?
I’d love to hear from you & about your experience!
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With love, G
“The work of God is this: to believe in the one he has sent.”
This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Schlage®.