If you’ve just bought a new home, congratulations are in order. Closing on a house in today’s crazy market is certainly something to be proud of. Now that you’ve made it through making the offer, the home inspection, the mortgage process and the closing, you might think it’s time to kick back, relax and enjoy your new place.
1. Secure your home
One of the first things you should do when you buy a house is to change the locks and garage codes. Lior Rachmany, CEO and founder of Dumbo Moving and Storage in Brooklyn, New York, recommends taking care of these security-related tasks before you move in. “You don’t want the previous homeowners to have the ability to enter your home,” he says.
The cost to change locks can vary based on the level of security, complexity of the lock and whether you choose to hire a professional locksmith or do it yourself. If your home comes with an alarm system, you’ll likely need to pay to reconnect service — or choose a new provider. Ask for the instruction manuals and codes for any electronic systems, like home alarms and garage codes, and make it a priority to change the codes to new configurations that only you will know. If the manuals are not available, you might be able to find reprogramming instructions online.