12:55PM | 08/31/06
Member Since: 08/15/06
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my wife and i are moving into a new home (it's not 'new' new--just new to us) and we're closing in 3 weeks---i need to know what things should i do once im given the keys---for instance, is there any checklist i can look at somewhere, etc? we've never owned before. If anyone can direct me to a site where i can go to learn more, that would be great. Thanks very much!



07:23AM | 09/05/06
Member Since: 06/06/03
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Hi, congratulations on your new home!

Hopefully you have a "walk through" scheduled before closing. Before you do this, I would recommend searching the net for sample walk through checklists. It's a good time to check things like cabinet doors, faucets and toilets, doors and windows, heat and water heater, etc. I had printed such a list before our walk through--and both my wife and our realtor were most impressed by my thoroughness :-)

As far as once you're handed the keys: wow, it becomes a very exciting (and hectic) time! Some moving companies have checklists (which start well ahead of moving day). These checklists contain such info as when to schedule various things--like installing electric power or telephone, forwarding mail, etc. You'll need to change your address for banks, friends, etc. Perhaps even let the in-laws think you're staying in the old address....(only kidding!)

House-project-wise, I might look at things like cleaning gutters, having the fireplace cleaned, and figuring out how to turn off the sprinkler system (if any) before winter sets in. But these are just normal fall-fixup tasks; nothing special--you just don't want to forget them.

Settling in takes a while--putting things away--not even to mention things like decorating, draperies, etc; just making it 'yours'. If former owners had pets, you might want to have a carpet cleaner out beforehand. Don't forget to spend some time meeting new neighbors!

It is an exciting time, and a tough thing to go through--but it is worth it! Not sure I have been specific enough for your needs....but hopefully it'll help. And best of luck on a smooth closing and your move to your new home!


-k2 in CO

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