Now That You’ve Purchased Your House, What’s Next

The first thing that we’re going to say is congratulations! Buying a house is a great achievement, whether it’s your first home or not, but it’s also a lot of work. If this is your first home, then you are likely not prepared for exactly what you need to do to get your house into the condition that you want it to be in. Remember that now you own the house, you and you alone are responsible for anything that happens to it. This is both a blessing and a curse, but let’s not focus on that now because we’ve got something more exciting to talk about!

So, you’re just about to move into your new place, but what are you supposed to do? Let’s take a look at some of the steps that you can take now that you have purchased your house! If you’re interested in finding out more, stay with us.

Insurance Before Anything Else

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Before anything else, you need to get the right insurance. You never know when something is going to happen to your property, and it’s always better to be on the safe side of things. Look into the different insurance policies that are on offer, and then you can choose from what is available. Some people prefer to use a broker for finding the best insurance policies possible, and this is a really good idea if you have the money to be able to pay for one. In most cases, the money that you paid to purchase the house will have wiped you out, or at least nearly wiped you out, so it’s not for everyone.

Ensure that you are getting the correct insurance policies to cover as much as you can. You want policies that cover theft, fire, water damage and pretty much anything that you can think of. Sometimes this can make it pretty expensive, but it’s always worth having insurance. The last thing that you want is to find yourself in a position where something has happened, and because you skimped on your insurance, you are not in a world of trouble.

Deep Clean It

Moving in is a wonderful feeling. It feels like coming home, and starting a new chapter all at the same time. But, we doubt that it was properly deep cleaned, and it’s never a fresh start unless the house is fresh too. So, you need to get your cleaning gloves on and get to work. It’s actually very therapeutic for a lot of people to clean their new home as it symbolizes moving on from the past, and having a clean start for the future. 

Make sure that you tackle those hard to reach areas, the places that you think nobody is ever going to see, and the carpets if you have them. We know that there are a lot of people who leave these out when they are cleaning, but you shouldn’t. They don’t need to be cleaned all of the time, but they certainly need a scrub when you move in.

We understand that cleaning is not for everyone, and that you might not even have time to give your new home the clean that you would want to. If this is the case, then there are professional services that you can pay to come and do this for you. At the very least, you know the job is getting done properly and you will be in a super clean space going forward.

Paint The Walls

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The beginning stage of decorating your home is going to be painting the walls. This can be so much fun, but a lot of stress as you may be panicking about choosing the right color. It’s common to buy a house with white or off-white walls, so you really get the chance to make your mark on this property. Head out to your local DIY store to get some samples of colors that you like, or order some online if you want to have a color specially made for you. Then, you can check out how this looks in person on your walls, and make a decision from there. 

You might decide that you want to have a theme running through your home, or you might decide that you want each room a different color. It’s up to you, as long as you love the end result. Just be careful when you’re completing the painting process, as you have to look at this going forward! Take your time, don’t rush, and use tape if you need to.

Hang Your Pictures

Another stage of personalizing the house to your specific needs is going to be hanging your pictures. These might be pieces of artwork, or they might be pictures of your friends and family. No matter what they are, they belong on the wall in a place of honor, and you should do this as soon as you have finished painting the walls. Well, of course you should wait for them to dry first! 

Hanging pictures is not a tough task by any stretch of the imagination, so it shouldn’t take you too long. Just ensure that if you want them in a line, you use some kind of measuring device to ensure that they are all even and matched up. Don’t hammer any nails until you know for sure that’s where you want the picture, else it’s going to create an eye sore!

Make Any Changes You Require

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When you were deciding which property to purchase, you likely looked at all of the things that you would like to change about each of them, and then used this to decide which one to purchase. As such, you should already have an idea as to what things you want to change in the house, and that means that you can get started on them as soon as possible. Some people like to wait until they are comfortable, and others like to get it all out of the way before they get too settled in. It’s entirely up to you which of these options you would like to choose!

Just make sure that you have set aside a budget for this so that you’re not having to compromise on what you want. If there are any more changes that you decide you want to make while you are at it, then make them too!

Come Up With A Future Plan

There may be some things that you can’t do right now, but that you will be able to do in the future. This is common, and that’s why you should be sorting out a plan for the future! Make a plan of the things that you want to do now, and then have a separate list of things that you would like to do, or you think that you would like to do in the future. This gives you time to sit with these ideas, and be sure that they are actually what you want before you spend time and money changing up the home.

For example, you might want to add an extension onto the home, but you’re not ready right now. Having it on the future list will give you time to sort out a contractor, save up some money, and be clear on what exactly you want from this extension.

Go Outside

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The outside of the home is just as important as the inside, but a lot of people forget about this as they spend less time in the garden than they do in the house. You need to look at the exterior of the home, and determine if there is anything that needs to be done, or if it’s all just general maintenance like pulling out the weeds and cutting the grass. We recommend that you look at things like the siding and whether it needs repainting or completely redoing, as this is a common repair that needs completing.

You also want to make note of the state of the gutters and any drains that you can find, as it’s always handy to know where they are. Often, you will find at least one drain in front of the garage, so this is a good place to look! You need to understand your property back to front, and this is something that you will learn over time, but it never hurts to catalog as much as you can now.

So, now you’ve purchased your house, you know what you should be setting about to do. It’s not always the easiest thing in the world to manage, buying a new house and then getting everything else, but you don’t have to do it all at the same time. You can take this challenge bit by bit, and in the end your home is going to be the amazing haven that you have always hoped for. It will be even more satisfying knowing that you created this from where you started! Good luck!

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