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6 Tips for Settling Into Your New Home

In the real estate world, summer is prime home buying season. Here at McIntuf Realty, we’ve helped more than 250 families find a new home this buying season. If that’s you, we’ve got some great tips to help you get settled into your new home.

1) Let everyone know about your new address.mail photo

When you move into a new house, one of the first steps is to let everyone know your new address. It’s best to do so as soon as possible so that you don’t miss anything important. There are a few places you need to make sure you update: driver’s license, voter registration, credit cards, newspapers and magazines. In addition, your car insurance provider will want to know your new address. Sometimes rates can vary depending on where your car is garaged.

Most people remember to transfer their utilities, such as electric and gas, but don’t forget about your cable and internet providers as well. If you shop online, remember to change the delivery address at your favorite online retailers. The post office will forward magazines and mail, but only for a limited time, so it’s best to get things changed over quickly. Finally, make sure to notify your bank and get some checks with your new address.

2) Store your important documents.

As you’re settling in, it’s easy to mistake important documents for trash. Make sure to designate a place for your important paperwork and be sure it gets there. Keep track of your closing documents and mortgage paperwork. In addition, your moving expenses may be tax deductible, so keep track of the receipts. Furthermore, there’s a good chance that a move will involve new appliances or furniture. Keep the receipts and warranty paperwork just in case.

3) Don’t overspend on furniture and remodeling.

furniture photoAs long as we’re talking about new furniture, be careful about large extra expenses. There’s a good chance that you just laid down a good portion of your life savings on a down payment and other closing costs. Everyone wants to personalize their house and make it their own, just make sure to run the numbers first. Missing house payments will wreak havoc on your credit score, so don’t let those new maple cabinets come back to bite you.

If there’s any doubt, take a few months to get used to your new monthly expenses and rebuild your savings. That new living room suite will still be waiting when you’re on firm financial footing.

4) Get to know your new home.

Your new home will be a bit of a mystery to you until you take some time to really get to know it. Find your circuit breakers and water and gas shut-offs. The last thing you want to do if your kitchen faucet bursts is to start searching the basement for the shut-off.

Take a walk around the outside of your house, as well as each room inside. Take note of plugs, phone lines, cable hook-ups and air vents. Also look for any minor repairs that need done.

5) Make needed repairs.

As you’re walking around getting to know your house, make a list of repairs that need to be made. Even in the most well kept homes, there are usually a couple issues that need to be addressed. Separate the list into items that must get done and things that you would like to be done. Must-get-done items include things that will get worse or cost more as time goes on. Even a slowly leaking pipe or small hole in an external wall can mean big repair bills if allowed to go unfixed. It’s easier to fix that hole than deal with the family of mice that moved in and the snake trying to eat them. Don’t put off the must-get-done items. After they’re taken care of, prioritize the rest of the list to deal with as time and money allows.

6) Get to know your neighborhood.neighborhood photo

One consistent refrain from most residents of Tuscarawas County is what a great place it is to live. Whether you’re in a city setting in Dover, out in Amish country or by Atwood Lake, the people and places in our corner of Ohio make it a home. Don’t wait for your neighbors to come over, go visit them! They’ll be the ones keeping an eye on your house, talking to your kids and petting your dog. The more you assimilate into your neighborhood, the better you feel, the better your neighbors feel and the better our community gets.

Moving is always an adventure. Whether you’ve moved across town or from another state, settling into a new home takes time. But by tackling it one step at a time, you can make sure that your dream home doesn’t become a source of stress.

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