Welcome Home! Now What?

You have just bought or built your dream house, now what? Here are 9 tips to help you get settled into your new home.

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1. You may think now that you've closed on your house your real estate agent is out of the picture, but that isn't true. Give them a call for recommendations on electricians, plumbers, etc. It's okay to ask them who they recommend so you have a handy list should you need someone in the future.

2. Take your time painting the walls. Wait a few weeks so you can see what furniture you are going to have in the rooms and where the sun comes in through the windows. If you rush to pick a paint color you may end up not being happy. It's not always the best practice to paint before you get all of your stuff in the room.

3. It's a good idea to add a UV film over your windows. You won't even notice it but it will protect your wall decor and pictures from fading.

4. Take your dog for a walk around the neighborhood before you move in. This will give you a chance to meet some neighbors and introduce your dog to the area. If your dog escapes your neighbors will have at least seen the two of you out and about and know where the dog belongs.

5. Make a folder and keep every receipt when you are setting up your new home. When tax time rolls around you will be glad you have saved everything. It's amazing how much is tax-deductible when purchasing a new home.

6. If you are moving into a newly constructed home you may forget this tip but remember to vacuum out the vents. The dust has settled down on the vents through construction so before turning on the HVAC vacuum the vents. This will avoid dust being blown throughout your house. It's also a good idea to do this if you are moving into a house that has been empty for awhile.

7. Get a professional energy assessment to see how and where your shortcomings are in the energy department. It's a good idea to have an auditor come because saving money is always a plus and having an energy efficient home will save you money.

8. Immediately replace all batteries, smoke alarms, carbon monoxide detectors, etc to start fresh. Another good idea is to buy a new fire extinguisher.

9. Plan a housewarming party! This may seem trivial but if you plan a party for 2 to 4 weeks after you move in you will be sure to have your house unpacked. It's a good motivation to get your house in order.

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