Finding the right home is exciting, but also challenging and even confusing at times. Once you find and purchase the right place, your work will still not be over, but you'll be much closer to settling in. However, there are a few things you want to do quickly as a new home buyer and here are some examples:
Get in touch with the necessary companies. Depending on where you live, you may need to have the title company take part in switching over the utilities. This may take a few days, or even a week, so you don't want to drag your feet on this. Even if you don't need the title company involved, you should call them ASAP so you won't be in the house without power for your first few days. Make contact with doctors, chiropractors, herbalists, veterinarians, mechanics or anyone else you may need to make appointments with.
Have your outside locks replaced. You never know who all is holding extras to the keys to your new home, so the best course of action is to change all locks that lead right to the outdoors.
Clean out all your appliances and filters. Since your appliances are all unplugged and emptied out it is the perfect time for you to give them a complete cleaning. Scrub out the refrigerator, the freezer, the stove and even the microwave before moving them into your nice and new place. You should even make sure you have emptied out the lint trap in the drier. As far as the house goes, check to make sure that the previous owners have cleaned out the air filter before you start using the air conditioner.
Make sure you have enough monitors and alarms throughout the home. Safety should come first. Make sure each room has the proper monitors, such as smoke alarms, etc. Have a security alarm installed as soon as possible, so you also know that your home is fully protected against break-ins.
Document issues you run in to right away. If you see a hole that needs patching, take a picture before putting a piece of furniture in front of it. If you notice a small spot on the ceiling, take a picture of it right away, so you don't forget to investigate it later to make sure it is from a previously repaired leak. If you see a loose board in the fence, mke a note of it, so it doesn't slip your mind and you end up with your dog out of your yard or someone else's dog inside your yard.