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What to Do After Closing on a Home Purchase

A man handling the keys of a brean new house to its new owner

After scouring the web for home buying tips, trawling the MLS for the perfect property, and sitting through countless negotiations with the seller, you have finally closed the deal.

But your home buying journey is far from over – there are a few tasks you must accomplish before settling into your new home.

Take a page from our Williamsburg, VA real estate homebuyer guide book when getting ready to take ownership of your new property.

Make copies of important documents

The paperwork is finally over, but once you close the sale, it’s generally advisable to make copies of the closing documents. It’s customary for the record clerk to keep separate copies but it’s best to personal copies for your own reference. Once you have copies, keep them somewhere safe and secure, such as a safety deposit.

Contact the local property records office

Contact the local property records office within two weeks of closing to confirm whether they’ve recorded your deed and if there are any issues with paperwork. This deed serves as a public record of homeownership and will be integral to addressing any legal claims made on the property.

Transfer utilities to your new home

Make sure that the utilities are turned on and registered under your name with the provider before moving in. This will spell convenience for you and your household especially if you are moving in the dead of winter. It lets you resume day-to-day activities as soon as you move in. Utilities typically include wifi and gas in addition to water and electricity.

Update all the locks

It’s highly likely that the previous owner of the house, as well as their former tenants, guests, employees, Realtors, and prospective buyers still have some level of access to the property. The keys to the house would have changed hands many times before finally making its way to you.

To prevent strangers from gaining access to your new home, make sure to update all the locks in the following areas:

  • Main gate
  • Side gate/s
  • Front door
  • Back door
  • Garage
  • Shed
  • Guest house

Changing all the locks will give you peace of mind in the event that someone still has a stray key to one of your home’s access points.

Update your mailing address

Redirect bills, subscriptions, and other mail to your new address. Update your personal information and contact details with your banks, retailers, employers, and services providers. Inform friends and family of the move. This will help you make sure that you receive important letters, notices, and packages on time.

Clean and paint your new home

Before moving in, it’s advisable to do a general cleaning of your new home, if you can make time for it. This would also be a good time to repaint the interior walls since you have yet to bring in any furniture. Getting around to these tasks before moving in is crucial, especially if the home is not in turn key-ready condition.

If you don’t have time, consider hiring professional cleaning and painting services to freshen up the property before you arrive.

Transport your belongings

Hire a moving company to transport all your things to your new home. Find a reputable company that will take care of your belongings and remain transparent about charges. Ask for a quote and inquire about insurance, especially if you’re transporting valuable artwork and antique furniture.

You will be very busy on the day of the move, so don’t be afraid to ask friends and family for help when it comes to:

  • Looking after the kids
  • Looking after pets
  • Packing personal belongings

If you’re moving from out of state, chances are that you have a long drive ahead of you. Click here for travel information and traffic hotlines from the City of Williamsburg, VA.

Move in and decorate

Now comes the fun part – decorating your new home and putting your personal stamp on the space you’re about to inhabit. This could mean everything from ordering new furniture that better suit the space to repurposing old ones. In any case, it’s worth investing time and money into making your new space feel more like home.

Meet the neighbors

You’re not just moving into a new house – you’re moving into a new neighborhood. Reach out to other members of the community when you arrive. You won’t regret it. Williamsburg is one of the friendliest cities in Virginia and it will be easy to form lifelong friendships here.

And if you have reservations going out, a little Facebook search will do – find online communities centered around the city, its neighborhoods, homeowners associations, businesses, and interest groups for social support and updates on the city.

Ready to explore Williamsburg, VA and the surrounding areas? Coldwell Banker Traditions has global brand power with local expertise. Message us here. You can also reach our real estate agents at 7572.916.981 and Info(at)CBTraditons(dotted)com.