You’ve signed the papers, made the down payment and the keys are in your hand. You own your first home! That’s when the question that all new homeowners face appears: what exactly should you do next? Should you change the locks? Clean every nook and cranny? Make friends with your new neighbors? When you are a new to homeownership, the list of responsibilities can feel overwhelming at first, which is why the National Association of REALTORS®’ consumer website HouseLogic provides new homeowners with tips on what first steps they need to take to make sure the transition into their new home is as smooth and hassle-free as possible. Some of these tips are as simple as steam cleaning the carpet while others involve familiarizing yourself with your home’s circuit breakers and water valves.
Check out all of HouseLogic’s tips for new homeowners. Speak with new homeowners about their experience moving into their first home and their first steps; what they did and what they didn’t do but wish they had. Talk with a REALTOR® to learn his or her recommendations for clients who are first-time homebuyers.