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NEW HOMEOWNER’S CHECKLIST

With everything that goes on during the home buying process it’s common to forget a few things. Here is a list to help ease the process.

-Research utility and organize gas, water and electric.
-Get a professional home inspection.
-Talk to an agent about your homeowners insurance policy.

-Locate and label you main circuit-breaker.
-Test your heating and cooling units.
-Check your switch-plates and outlet covers and replace if necessary.
-Install a programmable thermostat.
-Test your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors.
– Test your microwave, stove, and oven.
-Install outlet covers if you have small children in the house.
-Test your washer and dryer.
-Research local tax credits for solar and/or energy saving appliances.

-File a change of address with USPS and IRS
-Change your bank’s billing address.
-Update your license

– Alert your Internet and cable company.
-Ask a neighbor or call the city to find your garbage collection day.
-Test your toilets an faucets.
-Ask you Realtor where gas and water meters are located.
– Check for chipping or fading paint.
Jiggle doorknobs and tighten screws on any sticky entryways.
-Fill all drywall holes.
-Examine your ceilings for water leaks and stains.
-Clean all vents and our ducts.
-Look for wet spots in your attic, basement and/or crawlspace.

-Develop a family escape plan in case of a fire.
-Put together a first aid kit.
-Research security systems and cameras for your property.