Congratulations on being a new homeowner! For first-time buyers, the fun (and overwhelming) part is just beginning. Whether you’re moving out of an apartment or a home you rented before, you’ll need to rely more on your knowledge and skills than your landlord’s. These four tips will help make sure you’re off to a strong start, and then you can focus on the fun upgrades and decorating.
Build a tool box with the essentials
Every homeowner knows that a house requires a considerable amount of maintenance. While there are some problems you want to outsource to the pros, you can save a lot of money by performing your own small repairs. But in order to DIY effectively, you need the right tools. Get the full list of tools you need in our article 10 Essential Tools for Every Homeowner’s Tool Box.
Improve home security
When purchasing a new-to-you home, there are extra steps you need to take to ensure adequate safety for your family and possessions.
- The house should come with new locks and a new set of keys. But always ask the realtor or former homeowner to make sure this has been done. Otherwise, install new locks and be sure to add a deadbolt to each door that leads outside.
- Purchase a fire-proof safe to store all your critically important documents, for example birth certificates, social security card and signed contracts.
- Install new batteries in all smoke detectors. You also need to clean the smoke detectors from the build-up of dust and dead bugs, especially if there has been recent construction in the home. These particles can trigger an alarm to go off not long after you’ve moved in. Don’t forget a carbon monoxide detector!
- Determine additional home security needs. Home alarm systems and motion-sensor lights will help give you peace of mind.
Maximize energy efficiency
- Don’t throw cash out the door (or window) by leaking hot or cold air outside. A contractor can evaluate the quality of your windows and doors and improve your energy efficiency, ultimately giving you a cheaper electricity bill.
- Installing energy efficient blinds and curtains are simple ways to help keep the hot sun out when trying to cool your home down.
Commemorate this milestone
Create a keepsake to remember your first home forever. Picture frames and Christmas ornaments are easy DIY mementos that can span generations while celebrating this exciting milestone.